Apple iPod Shuffle ( 2012, blue)
The Apple iPod Shuffle is an adorable way to take your favorite songs on the go, but sometimes it's too small for its own good.
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ ( 4GB, blue)
The SanDisk Sansa Clip+ is an excellent successor to the line, offering a fitness-friendly design with a built-in belt-clip, a simple interface, solid sound quality, and plenty of handy features--all for an ultralow price. It's an unbeatable value.
Sony NWZ-W202 W-Series Walkman ( 2GB, black)
The Sony W-Series Walkman is a great option for active users who want an all-in-one music device to use while working out.
Apple iPod Shuffle ( third generation, 2GB, pink)
The third-generation iPod Shuffle is the next best thing to an invisible MP3 player, but the quirky controls and microscopic design make it a limited recommendation.
Samsung S3 Slim ( 4GB, white)
The Samsung S3 Slim MP3 player is a solid option for budget-minded users with an eye for design and an ear for audio.
Samsung U3 ( 2GB, pink)
The Samsung U3 is the proof that a basic MP3 player doesn't have to be ugly and featureless; it's simple, inexpensive, cool-looking, and perfect for the gym.
RCA Jet S2001 ( 1GB, yellow)
If you're looking for an inexpensive MP3 player for the gym, the RCA Jet--FM tuner, armband, stopwatch, and all--is a solid choice, but the interface will take some getting used to.
SanDisk Sansa Express ( 2GB)
The SanDisk Sansa Express is a solid choice for those who need an ultraconvenient MP3 player with a decent smattering of features.
Apple iPod Shuffle ( second generation 2008, 1GB, red)
If you like your music playback simple and your device nearly invisible, the second-generation iPod Shuffle will suit you well. But absentminded users should steer clear of this easy-to-misplace player.
SanDisk Sansa c240 ( 1GB, red)
Thanks to its exceptional value and user-friendly features, the SanDisk Sansa c200 is an acceptable choice for youngsters and first-timers--but more sophisticated users would be better off shelling out a bit more for a better player.