If you like the looks of Apple's latest iPod Shuffle but don't like the $59 price tag, here's a deal you'll love: today only, Daily Checkout has a 2GB iPod Shuffle knockoff for $9.99. Shipping adds another five bucks.
Note the word "knockoff." Although this player (which bears the moniker Shuffle) looks and functions an awful lot like Apple's version, it doesn't have the latter's VoiceOver feature (which I never much cared for anyway). It doesn't sync with iTunes, either.
It does have 2GB of storage (enough to hold hundreds of MP3s), a built-in clip, and a weight described as "negligible." Should be perfect for the gym, the track, etc.
The player comes in your choice of colors: green, blue, red, silver, and black. It can double as a USB flash drive, and its battery charges via USB--just like the iPod's.
My only real concern is that Daily Checkout doesn't specify everything that's included with the Shuffle. One would assume it comes with earbuds, USB cable, etc., but those aren't mentioned anywhere. Plus, DC doesn't show what the actual player looks like: the artwork is "borrowed" directly from Apple.
Update: Daily Checkout has since changed the photo.
I should also note that I've never purchased from Daily Checkout before, so I can't vouch for the company's reliability. It does have a presence on both Facebook and Twitter, a phone number on its About page, and a decent score on Reseller Ratings. Thoughts?
Bonus deal: For five bucks more, here's an even better player: Buy.com has the refurbished 2GB Sansa Clip for $19.99 shipped. It has a screen, an FM tuner, and a voice recorder.