Apple iPod Shuffle ( 2012, red)
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 Zip ( grey, 8GB)
SanDisk's tongue-twister of an MP3 player is a stupefying value and its practical clip-on design is perfect for the gym.
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.
iRiver LPlayer ( 4GB, pink)
The Iriver LPlayer is a pint-size version of the well-received Clix. You get most of the same features in a smaller package offered at a pared-down price point.
Zune ( second generation, 4GB, red)
The 4GB and 8GB capacity Zunes (Zune 4 and Zune 8) offer a bite-size version of their full-size, 80GB sibling. While the full-size Zune is a better value, the solid-state flash memory used in the 4GB and 8GB versions make them better suited for physically active (or clumsy) users.
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.
Toshiba Gigabeat U ( 2GB, Silver)
The Toshiba Gigabeat U is one tough, classy player that nails all the right features at a great price.
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 Shaker ( 512MB, blue)
If you want to get your children started on digital music at a young age, the Sansa Shaker provides a great way to do so: it's inexpensive, simple, and acts like a toy.