Apple have monopolisedthe Mp3 player market somewhat in recent years.
Their relentless advertising, celebrity endorsement and marketing partners have all worked in unison to create a world where teenagers are often confused when asked to name more than one Mp3 manufacturer.
However, there are some who argue that the iPod in its various incarnations can be easily beaten by lesser-known, more economically viable alternatives. Let’s have a look at one now…
Comparative pricing shows that the Clip is between 10 and 15 dollars cheaper than the Shuffle in both 1GB and 2GB models. It also offers a 4GB model for an extremely modest $80 dollars- Apple, of course, don’t currently produce a 4GB Shuffle.
Whilst the Shuffle is the more aesthetically pleasing choice, it has one glaring flaw- the lack of a screen. The Clip has a relatively large one for its size, and has the ability to create on-the-go playlists. Both players support a similar number of formats (the Shuffle, for those who are interested, supports one more- the rarely used .AIFF).
So, relatively even thus far! But Mp3 players are all about music, aren’t they?
Whilst this may come as a surprise, the Clip has performed incredibly well in sound tests using top-notch equipment. In actual fact, some reviewers have called it the best sound platform they’ve encountered in an Mp3 player. Whilst the Shuffle isn’t bad, we’ve never heard such a claim made about the Apple offering.
In conclusion, if you’re after an Mp3 player and you don’t want to give your hard-earned pennies to an already bloated Apple, get yourself a Sansa Clip. And a decent pair of earphones (optional).