Don’t want to spend a fortune on a branded MP3 players like the Apple iPod? No problem. There are plenty of affordable options for budget consumers to choose from. Branded MP3 players can cost close to or over a $100.
However, you can find similar music players for significantly less. The only difference is the brand recognition. Consider, for example, the best cheap MP3 player I found, Sandisk Clip Jam Mp3 Player. It performs well similar to the expensive ones.
Read ahead for more budget MP3 player options like this one.
Overall, if you are looking for a budget MP3 device, there’s no reason to shell out anything more than $50, which is why we’ve restricted all products on this list to $50 or less, with most of them falling well short of that price.
Best Cheap MP3 Player List – 2018
AGPtEK 16GB Portable MP3 Player(Expandable Up to 128GB), Music Player/Voice Recorder/FM Radio with HD Headphone and Adjustable Sport Armband, M28, Black
Lecmal Portable MP3/MP4 Player Music Player Voice Recorder with 16G Micro SD Card Mini USB Port - Economic Multifunctional MP3 Player / MP4 Player Media Player Flash Disk (Black)
SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB MP3 Player with LCD Screen and MicroSDHC Card Slot- Black - SDMX24-008G-G46K (Certified Refurbished)
AGPtEK M20S 8GB Mini MP3 Player(Expandable Up to 64GB), Lossless Sound Touch Button Metal Music Player with FM/Voice Record,Silver
G.G.Martinsen Plum Button 1.78 LCD MP3/MP4 16 GB Portable MP3Player , MP4 Player , Video Player , Music Player , Media Player , Audio Player (Blue)
AGPtEK C05 8GB Portable Bluetooth MP3 Player with FM Radio, 12 Hours Lossless Playing Support up to 64 GB (Grey)
Tips for Buying a Low-Cost MP3 Player
Here are some hot tips for buying an MP3 player for under $50:
There are a number of low-cost devices in the market that essentially clone the iPod Nano model. Though most of these look like iPods, they don’t work the same. Notably, video quality takes a hit. However, audio quality is essentially the same so these products are worth buying if you care more about audio than video.
Don’t bother about buying the latest model. New MP3 players don’t exactly come with hip new features. Unless a special feature found nowhere else is specified, don’t bother about what year the player was released on.
Try to buy a player that comes with headphones. The audio quality will largely depend on the headphones you use with the player.
Buy a product that supports the file formats that you need. For example, if you buy music from iTunes, you will need a player that supports AAC files in addition to MP3 files. It’s recommended to buy a player that supports a range of file formats.