When it was new, it was laughable to think about getting one, given the expense – so I grew up with some off-brand MP3 players before my first iPod, and I still hold affection for the genre.
A SanDisk option is the obvious one if you’re looking for decent quality; Coby was the one I had, but it seems to no longer exist.
Side note: why do the premium options not have FM options anymore? I remember recording Panic! at the Disco songs off the radio on my little MP3 player and feeling like a criminal wizard. Maybe that’s why – it doesn’t drive spending.
Should an MP3 player be a panda?
The more fun versions are on AliExpress, though. Default to assuming that these don’t come with the SD card (“TF card”) you’d need.
The serious music lover’s option, obviously:
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There are a lot of hilariously tiny options patterned after various iPod models.
How about headphones with the MP3 player built in?
This one’s cheating a bit because it’s not got a headphone jack that I can see, so it’s more of a musical speaker, but…
Please hit me up if you have good examples of this frosted Y2K look in an MP3 player still available.
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