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SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip review: Short and sweet

CNET's Donald Bell reviews the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip, a new budget-priced MP3 player with AAC compatibility and a 1.1-inch color screen.

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The MP3 player will never die. You can show me your smartphones and your tablets and all of the dozens of ways we have now to listen to music, but there will always be a place in the world for a cheap, reliable MP3 player.

SanDisk's latest Sansa Clip Zip is proof of this point. Starting at just $49 (4GB) and decked out with an enviable array of audio format support (including AAC and FLAC), an FM radio, a voice recorder, a stopwatch, and a 1.1-inch color screen, the Clip Zip is destined to become the same kind of sleeper hit as SanDisk's original Sansa Clip.

With its clip-on design, Mac and PC compatibility, and newfound support for iTunes' DRM-free AAC files, this little pocket distraction is a great solution to the problem of keeping your precious smartphone out of harm's way when all you need is a no-fuss music player.

To learn more, read CNET's full review of the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip.