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Started by uranrising on Nov 21, 2018 4:13:31 PM
Best mp3 players for little ones.

Mum wants me to get her children (aged 6-8) mp3 players.

Recommendations please (it's not my field),

Thanks in advance.

SheikYerbouti - 21 Nov 2018 16:47:29 (#1 of 28)

Its a pretty niche field now. Looks like you're mainly restricted to no-name Chinese imports these days. Something like this:

Worth bearing in mind that those companies often flood Amazon with fake reviews to get their reputation up. However I've bought this kind of stuff before and found it ok.

Delighted_User - 21 Nov 2018 16:48:58 (#2 of 28)

Your mother has children of that age, Mr Rising? Respect.

mememe - 21 Nov 2018 16:49:53 (#3 of 28)

Have you met his mother?

nemo75 - 21 Nov 2018 16:50:25 (#4 of 28)


Tenesmus - 21 Nov 2018 17:28:31 (#5 of 28)

Young woman in work, it was her birthday today. 25.

Door buzzer goes, it's her mum bringing flowers. Aww. Mum is looking good for someone who celebrated her 40th earlier this year.

hang on, where's my calculator...

thisonehasalittlehat - 21 Nov 2018 18:12:22 (#6 of 28)

Dude five times table is easy.

Policywatcher - 21 Nov 2018 18:21:53 (#7 of 28)

… and carry pi...

Bonusy - 21 Nov 2018 18:28:28 (#8 of 28)

Sandisk is probably about the only recognised brand-name in the MP3 player market now, but as the market is so mature, even your randomly-branded players should be fine. The only potential issue with them is likely to be the quality of the instructions if they are going to be needed - the english translations on such products are often very poor

bossab2 - 21 Nov 2018 19:05:17 (#9 of 28)

Or get an ipod

WibbleAgain - 21 Nov 2018 19:11:30 (#10 of 28)

Is there any reason not to get a Fire Tablet For Kids these days?

Tenesmus - 21 Nov 2018 19:17:02 (#11 of 28)

Drop, smash?

uranrising - 21 Nov 2018 19:17:04 (#12 of 28)

Does that work when t hey are starting to find their own choices of music? (I know so little about this bit of audio technology.)

Bonusy - 21 Nov 2018 19:21:09 (#13 of 28)

Drop, smash?

The "for Kids" part is part of the name, it is padded and covered for replacements (twice, IIRC)

Still, £60 vs £20-40 and a lot more to manage in terms of parental restrictions and so on. That said, to get the music on an MP3 player, a computer will be needed to copy the MP3s from so needs to be borne in mind

carterbrandon - 21 Nov 2018 20:20:03 (#14 of 28)

the english translations on such products are often very poor

Over the years I'd got used to bad English in Japanese user guides, but Chinese ones are a whole new category of weird, if my MP3 player is anything to go by.

TommyDGNR8 - 21 Nov 2018 20:26:38 (#15 of 28)

Whatever the latest incarnation of the Sansa Clip is. They're brilliant - I still much prefer it to the iPhone - far larger capacity (plenty of choice on holiday) and excellent battery life. Only downside is lack of bluetooth for cordless.

carterbrandon - 21 Nov 2018 21:32:39 (#16 of 28)

I got a Philips Azure when the switches on my Clip stopped working. Not as good even though it's Bluetooth; you can't turn the volume limiter off, and they stopped supporting the PC utilities.

quattrobhoy - 21 Nov 2018 22:20:29 (#17 of 28)

You may wish to budget for a better set of headphones, compared with the ones bundled in the package. FM radio might also be a worthwhile consideration. Similarly any (micro) SD slot, to add to the storage capacity.

Tenesmus - 22 Nov 2018 01:10:38 (#18 of 28)

I have a Sansa Clip that still works... for 30 seconds then the battery gives up, and you don't seem to be able to get replacements.

TommyDGNR8 - 22 Nov 2018 11:40:09 (#19 of 28)

In my experience, the Clip battery should give a good four or five years' service and even then you should get a couple of hours out of it. I use my original clip (I think it's about seven or eight years old now) plugged into a USB hub on my bedside table for evening listening and still get over 12 hours play from a charge on its replacement (my out & about machine) which is three years old.

I'll end my sales pitch with saying it meets Ken's radio/expansion requirements (supports up to 64gig microSD).

TommyDGNR8 - 22 Nov 2018 11:41:26 (#20 of 28)

Oh, and get a neoprene case for it and it will bounce rather than break when dropped from just about any height.

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