I'm a big fan of the ipod shuffle when I go boarding. It's so tiny I don't worry about it. I went and bought a refurbished one from apple. It was like $30 and came with all warranty, boxes, instructions, charging cradle, earphones etc. I never worry about breaking it.
I have a new itouch that I would never take boarding with me...too costly to replace if I broke it.
sansa clip. It's cheap, it's small, and it's a tank.
A few reviews put that thing over the shuffle in sound quality as well, in fact they said it was one of the best mp3's they tested for audio. Plus the sansa is cheap, has a display to actually see what you're doing and a life you can add or take song from as well as much more friendlier to transfer songs instead of using Itunes software all the while, just click and drag in the pc.
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^ yeah good call on that. definitely not looking for something with a screen, which makes a shuffle a viable options.
can anyone comment on these helmet earphones? are they removeable? hows the quality?
Mine are removable but so is the connector. So if you didn't want the ear flaps in you can take them out and you can also just take out the connector and have the flaps still in. The quality is fine for me, I turn it up a bit more to be able to hear it better. In ear headphones have better quality (for obvious reasons) in my experience but I use the helmet one because it's easier.
I just stick with my ipod shuffle. It was like $30 used on ebay. Then some skull candy headphones or any other in-ear headphones will work. Unless you got a helmet with headphones built in (that's what I use now).
/\ X2 The IPOD Shuffle is tiny and you can put it anywhere. Has not screen and is damn near bullet proof.