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Shopping.com Tip: If you are looking for a small MP3 player, one that is portable and doesn't take up too much room in your purse or briefcase, a flash memory MP3 player is your best bet.
Flash memory systems use a silicon chip to store all of your songs so they can be made much smaller than hard drive-based systems.
They range in capacity from 32MB to 8GB - and new technical advances will probably break the 8GB barrier in the future.
Because flash memory consumes less power than hard drives do, flash-based MP3 players typically have more features, such as voice recording and built-in FM transmitters, than hard drive-based systems.
There are also no moving parts, so flash-based systems are more shockproof and hardy than HD systems.