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The team at PC Magazine has compiled a list of MP3 players that are less than $100 each. The cheapest MP3 player on the list that also can claim a decent review is the Creative Zen Nano Plus - which runs roughly $60. It is flash-based, and there were some complaints that the earbuds were too large. Other good bets are the iPod Shuffle at roughly $80, and the Sony Network Walkman NW-E505 which runs from $55 to $80. The Sony player is rated as great on battery life, but it doesn't support WMA music formats.
There are literally thousands of used MP3 players sold on eBay every day, as well.