When it comes to buying a MP3 player, most people assume that it’s going to cost a significant amount of money. There is always a link between price and quality, especially when it comes to electronics. But is that strictly true? What does it take to get a cheap MP3 player, without losing any quality?

Well the truth is, if you don’t have the cash to splash, you can certainly find yourself a good quality, value MP3 player. You can always spend more on a ‘fashionable’ player at a later stage when you’ve got some more money. I’ll discuss in later articles neat little tricks that should enable you to reduce the costs of buying electronics, but for now, let’s just talk about what to consider when buying an MP3 player.


Memory – How Many Songs?

When you are buying a cheap mp3 player you have to take into consideration that it is not going to hold as many songs as the more expensive models. Although this is something to consider, be realistic – how many songs have you got to upload. Without being too scientific, for each gigabyte (GB) of memory you should be able to store about 500 songs. That’s a lot! I don’t know about you but I can get a large chunk of my CD collections onto an MP3 player with about 4GB.

1GB = 500 songs

2GB = 1000 songs

4GB = 2000 songs

8GB = 4000 songs


How Hip Are You?

If image is important to you, then as with most things, you are going to have to pay more for the cooler looking popular players. That significantly adds to the price. What is important to bear in mind is what you are wanting to do with your MP3 player – sounds like a dumb question I know but think about it. If you are simply wanting to listen to music on your device then a cheap MP3 player should be fine. If you want the clearest best sound around, looking to watch videos, use your device to surf the internet or look at e-mails, list all your appointments or to play games, then expect to pay more. Another way to look at it is mini PC or music player? If it’s a mini PC you are after then watch as the price tag sores!

Whatever you chose to do when buying your player, always shop around! The Internet is our friend here, and there are plenty of fantastic deals around. You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a MP3 cheap player or at least find one in your price range. Good luck!