Just so we’re clear, here: I have an iPod. Before my iPod, I had a couple of other players, both of which broke (one in just a few months, the other in about a year). I’m a big proponent of buying quality and getting the thing that will last, and I dearly love my iPod.
Sometimes you don’t have the money to shell out for the Good Stuff. Or you have it but don’t want to spend it on that. Or you want something you don’t have to worry about getting stolen at the gym. Or you have a kid who wants something and you don’t want to go top-shelf because, hello, this is a small human who sometimes forgets to wear pants. There are lots of reasons why you might want to go cheap on something, with good reason.
And if you want a decent but cheap MP3 player that fits any of those criteria, you should take a look at the Sansa c250 2GB MP3 player available at Buy.com for just $14.99 with free shipping. It’s refurbished, but that’s still a heck of a price. Plus the MicroSD expansion slot means that you can easily exceed the 1,000-song internal memory capacity if you want.
And the under-$15 price tag means you can drop it or lose it without having a coronary. Bonus!