This week's review is on SanDisk's Sansa Clip+ MP3 player, which is a great alternative to the iPod Shuffle. The 2GB model retails at $39.99, the 4GB $49.99, and 8GB $69.99. It can play mp3 and wma files (it can't play those .m4p and .m4a files you get from iTunes), as well as audio books and Ogg Vorbis and FLAC audio files. Has an FM radio tuner, voice recorder and microSD memory card slot. Use the slot for storing extra music or insert preprogrammed slotRadio and slotMusic cards, sold separately. And, as the name suggests, it has a belt clip.
With the option to use slotRadio and slotMusic cards, this is the ideal player for someone who might not have the patience to manage downloading a ton of music -- they can just buy the cards instead.
But it's not perfect. Creating playlists is a major pain. And if your music library is from iTunes, you'll have to convert those files to .mp3 to play them.