What kind of MP3 player will $18 buy?

Not much.

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From the Department of Bad Ideas: While we totally understand (and encourage) good old-fashioned price wars, they shouldn't come at the expense of basic functions. Take, for example, the "KanaSD" MP3 player from Greenhouse Japan.

The good news is that it costs about $18. The bad news is that it doesn't have any built-in memory--we're talking none. Instead, you need to get your own SD storage card, which will probably be more expensive than the player itself. Nor can we expect find video playback or a color screen at all on this low-budget device, as an exasperated Mobile Magazine notes.

Even with all the obvious omissions, however, it still features the ubiquitous iPod-style navigation wheel. Which just goes to show that, even at the bottom of the market, Apple designs still rule.

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