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Cute and Colorful 1 GB MP3 Players from Sony and JVC

Introduction

There are plenty of ultra-portable 1 GB flash players that you can tuck into your pocket or hang around your neck - and they're not all white iPods. Sony and JVC both have a range of colorful little players with extra features like FM radio and inline recording, and they go for less than the price of an iPod Nano.

The Sony NW-E003 comes in 512 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB sizes. You can choose from pink, violet, lime green, blue, silver or black. For a little extra, you get FM radio too.

The JVC Alneo comes in two forms: the 512 MB XA-F57 and the 1 GB XA-F107; both are available in red, silver, pink, blue, black or white. And unlike the cheaper iPod Shuffle, both players have displays, so you can choose what track you want to listen to next.

Of course, the really big question is: how do they sound?

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