By Andrew Liszewski
The latest version of the iPod Shuffle isn’t all bad, but the fact that it’s completely dependent on the less than stellar headphones that Apple includes is a deal breaker in my opinion. That and the price of course. So if you’re looking for a compact MP3 player that’s also big on storage, the $16 kawauMicro is so cheap it’s almost disposable.
Now the player is so affordable because a) the rechargeable lithium-ion battery is only good for a paltry 2 hours (after a 30 minute charge) and b) it doesn’t actually come with any storage. That’s supplied by the user in the form of a microSD or microSDHC card, which will run you about $10 for 4GB if you’d like to match the iPod Shuffle. But since it supports microSDHC cards, you can in theory cram as much as 32GB in there one day, if you’re willing to pay for it. The kawauMicro also features support for WMAs as well as MP3s, and an included pair of crappy headphones that you might be able to strip for the wire before you throw them out.