How To iPhone & iPod Comparing the iPod Shuffle vs. Its Top Competitors Share Pin Email Print Justin Sullivan / Getty Images iPhone & iPod Basics Installing & Upgrading Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks Key Concepts Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated July 05, 2019 There aren't many MP3 players like the iPod Shuffle anymore. These lightweight, ultra-portable MP3 players were common back when the iPod dominated the portable device scene, but now that smartphones have replaced dedicated MP3 players for most people, there are only a few devices like them left. But ultra-portable MP3 players like the Shuffle still have a definite place. After all, isn't the idea of exercising with a tiny, lightweight device strapped to your body more appealing than the idea of using a big, bulky smartphone? Traditionally these devices have achieved their small size and weight by leaving out a screen and other features, though that's changed in recent years. Now, it's common to find features like an FM radio alongside the ability to play MP3s. If you're in the market for a new ultra-portable MP3 player like an iPod Shuffle, this chart makes it easy to compare the features and prices of some of the leading players to help you make an informed buying decision. iPod Shuffle vs. the Competition Apple iPod Shuffle Eclipse Fit Clip Plus SanDisk Clip Jam Storage Capacity 2GB 8GB 8GB Songs Held 500 2,000 2,000 Expandable Memory No Yes Yes Screen Size* None 1.8 0.96 FM Tuner Yes Yes Yes Audible Support Yes No Yes Voice Recorder No No No Clock No No No Colors GrayGoldSilverPinkBlueRed Blue BlackGreenOrangePink Blue OS Mac and PC Mac and PC Mac and PC Weight** 0.44 3.2 0.3 Size* 1.14 x 1.24 x 0.34 1.75 x 2 x 0.25 1.6 x 2.6 x 0.63 Battery Life 15 hours 8 hours 18 hours Price US$49 $29.99 $39 Buy at Amazon Buy at Amazon Buy at Amazon * in ounces** in inches Things To Consider When Buying an Ultra-Portable MP3 Player How Do You Want to Control the Music — When picking an MP3 player, you need to know how you want to use it. The iPod Shuffle plays music in two ways: by shuffling all the music on it or playing it in order. The other devices on this page let you select your songs. The Shuffle is good for a workout where you want music but don't want to bother with picking songs. The others work that way, but also work well if you're choosier.Do You Want to Listen to Audible.com — If you really like audiobooks and get yours from Audible.com, consider only the Shuffle and the SanDisk Clip Jam. Both support Audible.com, while the Eclipse doesn't (though it can, of course, play audiobooks that are standard MP3s).How Important Is Weight — If squeezing every last ounce of weight savings out of your MP3 player is important to you, the Shuffle and the SanDisk Clip Jam are your best bet — both weigh less than half an ounce. Of course, depending on how you use the device, that may not matter to you. Continue Reading The History of the iPod Shuffle and Its Models How To Restart a Frozen iPod Shuffle Here's What You Need to Know About the iPod Shuffle How to Turn Off Every Model of the iPod Shuffle The 9 Best Budget MP3 Players of 2019 How to Set up the iPod Shuffle Need a Manual for the iPod Shuffle? Get It Here What Do You Know About the History of the iPod? The Secrets of Controlling the 3rd Generation iPod Shuffle Get Songs Onto Your iPod With These Simple Steps Here's Everything You Need to Know About the iPod nano The History of the iPod Nano and All Its Models Comparing the iPod nano and Its Competitors Still Own an iPod? Here's How You Can Make it Useful All Over Again How to Understand the Battery Lights on Your iPod Shuffle What Happened Shake to Shuffle on iOS 8-11?