The Best MP3 Players for Kids

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The Best MP3 Players for Kids
Buying your child an MP3 shouldn't drain your mood or wallet. (kids clothing image by Nenad Djedovic from

Shopping for MP3 players, priced and suitable for a child, overwhelms many parents. Spending hundreds of dollars on the latest technology, however, isn't necessary. Plenty of lower-priced MP3 players offer the memory and features to make any kid happy.

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SanDisk's Sansa Clip

Consider SanDisk's Sansa Clip 2GB MP3, which costs between £26 and £45 (2010 pricing). This clip-on MP3 player has a compact design, good sound quality and built-in memory for 500 songs. The Sansa Clip is user-friendly and makes a great choice for any preteen.

Apple iPod Shuffle

Durable and trendy, Apple's iPod Shuffle comes in five metallic colours. The Shuffle is simple to use, offers good sound quality, has a high-speed USB and costs around £32 (2010 pricing). The built-in 1 GB of memory allows storage for 250 songs.

Creative Zen V Plus

Priced at £109 for 2 GB, the Creative Zen V Plus makes a good choice for the more technically sophisticated child. The Zen V Plus line of MP3 players has some impressive features, such as video playback, FM radio and voice recording. The Zen V Plus come with 1 GB of memory for around £83, up to 4 GB of memory for around £130 (2010 pricing).

SanDisk Sansa Shaker

Designed specifically for young children, the Sansa Shaker includes a safe volume that won't harm little ears. Created in the image of a salt shaker, this screen-free MP3 is large enough to prevent choking and has an hourglass shape suited to smaller hands. The Shaker offers a £19 price tag (2010 pricing), simple controls, 512 MB card (the Shaker has no built-in memory) and two headphone jacks.

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