Most of us now listen to music on the go using our phones, but once upon a not-so-distant time, portable MP3 players were a popular way to listen music. They have not completely disappeared, and Brad Linder of Liliputing needed some for one of his projects, so he bought four inexpensive MP3 players on GearBest with prices ranging from $1.51 to $3.75 to check them out. It turns out the one with the best audio quality and sturdiness was Simplicity Fashion Pocket MP3 Player going for $1.51 shipped.
So let’s see what we get for that price:
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack
- Storage – micro SD slot up to 16GB (no internal storage)
- USB – mini USB port for charging, and connect to PC which detects the MP3 player as an SD card reader (but it’s rather slow)
- Misc – Power, volume, next, previous, and play/pause buttons; metal clip; power LED
- Battery – 90mAh battery good for around 2 to 3 hours of playback
- Dimensions – 4.10 x 2.80 x 1.10 cm
- Weight – 20 grams
The package only includes the MP3 player, and you still have to provide your own mini USB to USB cable, headphone, and micro SD card. Brad compares all his four MP3 players in the 5-minute video below.
Since $1.5 is not that far from $1, I decided to look for even cheaper MP3 player, hopefully close to, or under, the $1 mark. It was not difficult to find. I started on eBay where I could find a $0.99 MP3 player including shipping, but you need to select the pink model to get that price, as all other colors go for $1.38. It’s much easier to find sub $1 models on Aliexpress, including an 81 cents MP3 Player, again including shipping. At those price, they could even be used as promotional items at event that you’d give away to potential customers. Just don’t expect them to last for a very long time.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.