Apple makes some of the most specialized mainstream devices around, but the gear is never very cheap and, let's face it, it stinks for any one company to own your wallet. So here are the best alternatives for each iProduct:
What Up: SanDisk's Sansa Clip update is on the money: Storage capacity bumped to 4GB, and it's only 80 bucks, an awesome mp3-player dollars-to-data ratio. Plus, the new silver sheen makes the old black plastic Clip look positively uncivilized. What Blows: The battery life only eeks past "decent" at 15 hours.
Finally, get the clip without losing your foreskin! The Sansa Clip will have tiny MP3 players running scared; the Shuffle and the Zen Stone better watch out, as the little Clip is set to show them a thing or two in miniscule music playback. Jump for the details.