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.