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Top 5 MP3 players for less than $50

CNET's Donald Bell rounds up the best MP3 players that cost $50 or less.

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Fifty dollars can buy you more MP3 player than you think. CNET

Just eight years ago, a basic MP3 player could easily set you back $300 or more. These days, you can nab a decent player for less than $50--and I mean a legitimately decent MP3 player.

To make my point, I've rounded up my top five MP3 players for $50 or less. These aren't your bargain-basement screenless Shuffle-style players, either. With one exception, all the featured players include screens, FM radio, and voice recording. Each player also includes a little something extra, ranging from a workout tracker to a color screen.

The advent of genuinely useful, cheap, and small MP3 players also opens up the possibility of owning several players for different purposes. There's no reason to risk taking your iPhone on the treadmill when a $40 clip-on player will do the trick. Need some music in the kitchen? Just grab a cheap MP3 player with a built-in speaker.

What are you waiting for? Check out our favorite MP3 players for less than $50.