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Help needed for a newbie - is there a toddler-proof MP3 out there?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hi all!

I'm new, as you can tell, and this may be a really girly question but I'm hoping you can help. I am looking for a really good but really robust MP3 that will stand up to my 4 year old's occasional mishandling... I used to have an iPod but that unfortunately went in the apple juice when she was younger! Eek! I thought I could manage without one but my daily run is so boring without some music... I plan to keep it out of her way but just in case, does anyone have some good suggestions for me? No budget as yet - so all suggestions welcome... thank you.

post #2 of 21

Don't bother buying something too expensive..

 

Something like the Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip and Clip+ are 2 very popular and good for the price players here at head-fi.

post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks David! I've just checked Amazon and they are REALLY cheap - £38 for an 8gb one, can that be right?? Wow! I wonder if 8gb would be big enough - how many songs do you think it could hold? 

 

(PS I really apologise for all the seriously basic questions - this is all new to me! :) )

post #4 of 21

Yeah, they are cheap but have good sound quality and good user interface, especially if you install something called rockbox. 

 

8 gb.. That depends on your music files.. Some hundreds of good quality mp3 files at least. 320 kbit/s mp3s (high quality mp3s) use around 2.5 MB per minute of a song.

That equals like more than 3000 minutes of music.. Say, one song is 5 minutes long.. That's 600 songs or someting like that..

 

Lowly put you could store at least 500 high quality mp3s, but probably more.

 

Need any new headphones as well? :D

post #5 of 21
You can expand the memory using the micro sdhc slot. So for example you could get the cheaper 4gb model and get a 32gb card to go with it (which are usually around £15). It's a good little player and I do seriously recommend rockboxing it.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 

You are SO helpful!! Thank you!

 

And yes, i will definitely need headphones! Any help there too? :)

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

<stupid question alert> what is rockboxing?

post #8 of 21
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Geowalker8 View Post
 

<stupid question alert> what is rockboxing?

 

It replaces the standard software on a number of mp3 players with a software called 'Rockbox', which gives a lot of options in terms of customisation of looks and sounds (equalizers etc.) and supports pretty much every audio file type under the sun.

post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

Gosh that is brilliant!! So you can play any type of file? That is good to know... thanks boys, you've been most helpful!  

 

(I still could use some headphone advice! hehe... )

post #11 of 21

What do you want from a headphone? What you want to spend, what do you listen to etc.?

post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 

well, it varies... when I'm running it's usually either dreadfully perky dance tunes or hard rock... When I'm working I like classical or the radio. SO a bit of everything really! The only time it needs to be really loud is when I'm jogging... so I guess waterproof would be a good feature, if there is such a thing!

post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 

Just had a thought - if I could get headphones that will also fit in my Google Nexus 7 tablet, for movie watching on planes, that would be excellent!!

post #14 of 21
There is a slight problem here. Airplanes are loud so you need good isolation, but that can be dangerous when you are jogging and etc. So using another headphone for jogging might be a good idea.

I'll think of something.. I suppose you prefer something that isn't ugly..
Am not that much into budget headphone but the Phillips uptown is said to be pretty decent for example
Edited by davidsh - 2/5/14 at 6:44am
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Geowalker8 View Post
 

Just had a thought - if I could get headphones that will also fit in my Google Nexus 7 tablet, for movie watching on planes, that would be excellent!!

 

How do you mean 'fit'? As in the same plug? Pretty much all the headphones you'll find for your purpose will have a 3.5mm plug, which is 'standard' headphone out, like you have on a Nexus, iPod, Sansa Clip, Smartphone etc.  The other 'standard' size is 1/4", which you might more typically find on the output of say, a stereo or guitar amp.

 

As for headphone recommendation, you've still missed out the most important bit - budget? Also what type of headphone do you want - in ear? Over ear? Perhaps these might be a good place to start, to get an idea of what's available:

 

'Portable' headphones: http://www.head-fi.org/t/433318/shootout-109-portable-headphones-reviewed-munitio-pro40-added-01-24-14

In-ear headphones: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-309-iems-compared-ces-impressions-part-4-added-01-27-14-p-852

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