MP3 players on the cheap

By Mir
April 30, 2007

If you’re in the market for a quality MP3 player, you know that I’m going to suggest an iPod, every time. That’s the thing to get if you want best ease of use, customer service, and reliability in my opinion.

But maybe you don’t want to spend that amount of money right now; or maybe you’re exceptionally hard on your music players and so just want something cheap that you won’t be too upset if it breaks; or maybe your kid wants an MP3 player and given that she can’t even remember to make her bed or put her homework in her backpack, you don’t want to be breaking the bank here on something that might get lost.

If any of the above scenarios sound familiar, go check out woot! today. They’ve got a 2GB Sony NW-S705 MP3 Player with noise canceling headphones for just $49.99 plus shipping. This could be the player you’ve been looking for.

Skeptical? Again, I’m not going to tell you this is as good as an iPod. It’s not, for a variety of reasons (most notably, people are complaining that the proprietary software is pretty terrible). But they normally retail for around $170 and PC Magazine gave them a decent review.

And if you simply must have an iPod, keep in mind that the refurb stock at the Apple Store changes almost daily.

Go forth and rock on.


  1. You know – I’d wanted an iPod for a LONG time…I even bought one for my hubby’s 40th birthday, hoping that he’d get ME one for my 40th a few months later (no luck, he got me a jogging suit – eeek).

    But, as luck would have it, (and believe me, it WAS luck), I won a contest for telling my worst military move story…and I got a 2gig iPod as part of my prize!!! Yay ME!.

    I so love it, and I’m glad….but I WAS cruising the refurbs…that’s how much I wanted one!

  2. Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for, something cheap with an FM tuner and good headphones! Perfect!

  3. oh, pooh. I took awhile to make up my mind, and now it is sold out. Thanks, though.

  4. mir, don’t forget that students get a discount on apple products at any apple store.

    and i’ve learned to ask EVERYWHERE if they give student discounts. the worst they’ll say is “no.”

  5. For future reference (since this deal is gone), not only is the software clunky (as the ever lovely and wise Mir points out), but it is also proprietary (much like iTunes).

    You are locked in to buying from one source (in this case Sony Connect), so if you want to buy from iTunes… too bad, saw something on Yahoo! Music… play it on something else.

    Of course, now Microsoft with Zune also plays the same game (just to show I am being fair).

    So just beware when you buy an MP3 player that you may get locked into a single service to buy your music as well.

  6. On beautiful Mir’s recommendation, I got my 11 year old son a refurb ipod for Christmas. He was so excited to open it, but wouldn’t you know, it wouldn’t show anything on the screen, no images at all. So we packed it up and sent it back and they sent us another one. Very easy, very friendly, and one happy son. Plus, I was VERY happy with the great price, and the great service.

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