In the UK, at least, there's an iPod for every budget, with news from giant retailer Argos that it's selling last-generation iPod shuffles at half price.

Until 5 December, Argos is selling 512MB iPod shuffles (first generation) for just £24.50, pitting the player against the low-cost MP3-playing alternatives that exist in the UK market.

Argos sells the current breed of 1GB iPod shuffles at standard price, £55. All other current iPod models are available from the retailer.

The deal price is available online and in the company's chain of high-street retail outlets.