In my mind it is a great value!
Compared to $6 for this?
fungus, this will be my last time responding to you since you are about to go on my ignore list; however, I find your sarcastic and unhelpful responses compounded with your frequent misinformation disturbing to say the least. You seem the prototypical troll.
$35 for an ARM development board with a audio shield capable of doing far more than playing MP3' all built with a level of quality unlikely to be found in your preference for cheap chinese designs and knockoffs. So yes, even compared to your 'bargain' I find it a great value.
Dealing with audio files and playing them are only a small part of the equation. The basic 328 level Arduino simply doesn't have the resources to do much more than make toys. An ARM chip has the memory and speed to actually to quality work that is beyond the reach of an ATMEGA328 or 32u4.
Now that I am finished you can start your ranting and sarcasm.