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Budget player? This is the one you want.
July 7, 2017
If you've been shopping Amazon for an portable digital music player that gives you the most bang for your buck, I already did the research for you. Your quest ends here.
I'm an owner of the last-generation IPod Classic, but it stays permanently hooked up to my car stereo. I wanted to buy a cheaper player that fit my budget but also had important features.
For under $30 you get 16 gigs of internal space plus a microSD slot for even more storage.You get a small form factor. You get a little bit of weight because the thing is made of metal (you want this especially if you have kids, pets, or are clumsy). You get a color LCD screen that shows the album cover. You get dedicated volume buttons (something that many budget players don't have).
To load songs, you use the included USB to MicroUSB cable to connect the device to a computer. Then you just drag and drop. Make sure you include "folder.jpg" from each album so that the cover art shows when that song plays.
The operating system is basic, not perfect, but there's a lot of choices. Want to listen to FM radio? you can. You can even program stations as well. Want to record a quick voice memo? Sure. There's even useless options like loading up an eBook or a video file. Not on this screen, buddy!
This player comes with a sports armband for any of you runners or gym-goers. It's actually designed for this device, so it fits in great. It also comes with shitty earbuds that are better off in the trash. And a laughable manual. You get better info from my review here.
Other neat things is the date/time screensaver, preset equalizer options such as Rock, Jazz, Classical, etc. Probably my favorite is the Variable Speed Playback, which changed the tempo of the song but not the pitch/sound. This is a great addition for a kid who wants to learn a guitar riff or a sweet drum solo. It's not perfect as there's a some distortion when the speed is not at the normal position.
And of course you can play one album, all songs from one artists, by genre, or the Shuffle Play All option. You can create playlists and edit them. Hell, you can even delete a song from the player without having to connect it to a computer.
Last thing I want to mention is the insane battery life. I slept with this thing on and when I woke up the battery indicator at the top right of the screen shows full. Pretty sure one charge will get you through several days!
I bought a pink one (they call it rose gold) for my daughter. I'm loading that up with all her Disney crap. That one came in only 8GB, but that's more than enough for her. Paired with volume limiting headphones, she's gonna rock her own socks off.