Cheap way to play mp3

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  1. Texas_Toast macrumors 6502a

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    There is someone I know who is in a nursing home and I am looking for a cheap way to get them something where they could listen to an mp3 using headphones.

    The person is older and not technically savvy.

    This is probably impossible, but I'd prefer to spend less than $30.

    Is there anything I could find on eBay that would help me accomplish this goal?
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Amazon.com has several cheap portable music/video players. Just make sure if it uses an SD card that it's included in the price.
     
  3. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    Their would be loads of things on Amazon depending how big you want I would get one with a replaceable battery so if the need to replace it would be easy and in time with lithium you would have to throw the whole device away with a normal battery you would just have to replace the battery and it good to go and would last years with no problems I have found in the past when I have been using a MP3 player when I have been cycling the replacement batteries are the best because within a couple of mins you have a full battery again and are good to go again Save have to wait to charge it up again and to look around for the lead
     
  5. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not finding any that take replaceable batteries. Since the nursing home doesn't have a computer for residents to use, and no one there has a clue about technology, I definitely want an mp3 player that takes replaceable batteries.

    Does what I am describing even exist?

    Or, is there an mp3 player that comes with a mini charger - similar to a cellphone - where he could just plug it into the wall and get a recharge?

    This is supposed to be a gift to bring a little happiness to someone I will probably never see again. So I want it to be easy to use and last for a long time.
     
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Search Amazon for "mp3 player AAA battery".
     
  7. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do you power and recharge the SanDisk mp3 player mentioned in post #3?

    Is there a way to plug it into the wall for someone without a computer?
     
  8. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Anything with a USB charger cable will most likely work with any good USB wall socket plug.
     
  9. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

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    I charge mine through the mains or through USB. Mine only came with the USB adapter, but I had a few appropriate USB to spade adapters available. I did just glance at a model at SanDisk that said you can use USB, a car adapter or the mains for recharging.

    Your best bet is to look at the manual for the model you're interested in here -- http://kb.sandisk.com/app/mp3

    Side note : The clip is small. The buttons on mine, which are used for navigating and selecting, could be difficult for someone with extreme dexterity problems. The screen is tiny so those with impaired vision will need readers and/or other means of magnification.
     
  10. dwig macrumors 6502

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    +1

    I usually charge my Clip using a "universal" USB charger and only occasionally charge it from a computer's USB port.

    I load mine by copying MP3s into its main memory over a direct USB connection to my computer. With most Clip models, you can load MP3s onto a microSD card separately and then insert the card into the device. This can be useful in the OP's situation. With two microSD cards, he can load one and insert it into the Clip to leave with the person in the nursing home. He can later load the second card with more MP3s and swap the card on a later visit. It takes a little menu navigating to set the player after a card swap, or direct USB reload, but once done the Clip with automatically bookmark its current position in the current file when turned off and will automatically resume at that bookmark when turned on again with no other user intervention except to press Play if, and only if, Pause had been pressed before turning it off.
     

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