Much as I love seeing an iPod Shuffle for $29, here's an MP3 deal that's even better: Creative has refurbished 2GB Zen V Plus players for just $19.99. Shipping will run you 5 bucks, but that's still an amazing deal on a player that does video as well as audio.
Yep, you read right: The Zen V Plus features a 1.5-inch OLED screen and support for uncompressed AVI and software-transcoded videos. Granted, 2GB of storage isn't enough to hold much, but it's nice to have the option if you want it.
Of course, most users will probably stuff the Zen with music (or Audible audiobooks, also supported) and take it to the gym. It's a good choice for that kind of thing, as it sports an FM tuner, voice recorder, and a battery that can go 15 hours between charges.
CNET had lots of good things to say about the Zen V Plus (as you can see in the above video), rating it four stars out of five. Creative's deal is only for the black-and-green model (make sure to select the 2GB version from the pull-down menu), but I think it's pretty spiffy.
Because it's a refurb, the warranty expires after 90 days. But, hey, for $25 out the door, it's hardly what I'd call a risk. And this little player does wayyy more than the Shuffle, so in the bang-for-the-buck department, it's the clear winner.