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for an 8-year-old

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Initial post: Nov 22, 2007 5:49:36 PM PST
My 8-year-old loves music. We bought her an inexpensive mp3 player last year. She has treated it well and used it a lot, but it requires a battery and is difficult to turn on and off. I'm thinking about an Ipod since all the speakers, etc are for Ipods. She only needs to listen to music, not video and all. Any suggestions as to what I should look for?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2007 5:57:41 AM PST
KM says:
Many of the speakers you see will work with other mp3 players, while iPod is notoriously difficult about working with anything other than iTunes and Apple's own music format. If you're looking for hassle-free, iPod is definitely not the way to go.

Look for an inexpensive mp3 player with a rechargeable battery instead, the sort that recharges through its hook-up to the computer's USB port.

I have the 1GB GPX model that Amazon sells for $30 (MW3837) and it's very easy to turn on/off (just hold down the Play button) and all one needs do to add or remove files is drag them onto the drive. I've dropped it, been caught in the rain with it, and fell asleep on it, and it's born up well. The sound quality is excellent too.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2007 8:31:17 PM PST
Mark says:
Apple doesn't have its own music format. Apple only uses open standards for their products. iPods work with the most formats available for most any MP3 player.

AAC is NOT an Apple format, it's the OPEN format that the group that started MP3 is moving everything to. Apple uses it since it's the future and part of MPG4, which is what all video will play in... in the future.

This 8 year old would be best served by a 1 Generation Nano for around $80, or a 2nd Gen for around $139. iPods work in FAR, FAR more speaker systems since iTunes is easier to use and more well regarded. So don't forget you aren't just buying the "player" but the way it connects to a computer and the way new music is managed. iTunes is SUPER simple and works so easily with every type of music format. It's just drag and drop... then click 'sync".

Don't listen to people that want to cheapen up this 8 year old's music experience. Get an iPod, you'll be glad you did.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2007 9:31:29 PM PST
S. Pierce says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2007 12:02:51 AM PST
snclfe says:
I love my iPod and my 2 year old loves it too (but I must admit it some times turns off slowly). Which iPod best suits your daughter really depends on how much music she has. What's the size/capacity of her current mp3 player? If it's <=8GB, I'd go with one of the new nanos. But if she has a lot of music (15-20GB+), I'd go with the new 80GB classic or, if you're trying to save money or keep expectations modest, look on Craigslist for a used 3rd or 4th generation model.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2007 12:34:26 PM PST
Blade2000 says:
I purchased a nano (first generation) for both my 6 year old and 9 year olds last year. They love them, along with the Logitech portable speakers that have an internal chargeable battery.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2007 7:13:55 PM PST
C. Price says:
Unless your 8 year old knows what a GB is, what MP3 stands for and can afford batteries, I suggest you buy her a book -

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2007 12:50:39 PM PST
C. Price,
Not a problem, I think you can download books from Itunes so there is no longer a need for children to read. I like the advice from S. Pierce too ... give her $150 and take her to a homeless shelter, then take her to the Apple store and let her decide what she wants to do with the money. That would be interesting, I might try it with my kids ... I might teach them to read too.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2007 7:07:10 AM PST
BaileysMom says:
Wow...I am sorry so many posters are giving you such a hard time. I think an Ipod is a wonderful gift for a deserving child who will care for it appropriately. I think you should considera a 4gb with an extended warranty. I know everyone says they are a waste, but I just feel better having my daughters expensive and breakable MP3 player protected. I just bought my 13 year old an "upgrade" to an 8gb at I used my Discover Card cash back bonus which gave me $50 gift cards for $40 and a new customer code to save another $20. I saved $60. I challenge you to find an Ipod for $60 off anywhere else! We have never owned an Ipod before, but have had trouble finding accessories for her previous MP3 player a Dell DJ. Remember, music is a component of elementary education because its benefits are numerous. Don't let the Amazon posters who are clearly not in the spirit of Christmas bring you down.

And to all you nay-sayers....we did donate a considerable amount to charity this year AND we use our credit card solely to earn the cash back bonus and haven't paid a cent in interest in years and years. I see no reason why, since we have the financial resources not to indulge our deserving child once a year so please keep your replies to yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2007 7:50:42 AM PST
C. Price says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2007 9:23:15 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2007 9:43:53 PM PST
L. Wentzlaff says:
I can't believe people don't have better things to do than judge people who are asking for help. She wants to know about ipods.....not your views on raising children! Find a diffrent forum if your in to judging other peoples beliefs. this is the wrong place for you. My 11 and 8 year olds just recieved the new shuffles for Christmas and we got our 3 year old the mp3 player with song clips. I would have spent a little more and gone with the nano. Being able to see the song list is a plus. And the bigger size is easier to find docking stations for. That is what i am looking for on here tonight. A docking station for shuffles. The one we got isnt working. I am proud to say that every member of this family is a proud owner of an Mp3 player. and we know how to read.....shocking!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2008 12:34:52 PM PST
IamSusie says:
My fifth grade son wanted an ipod, but we got him a Samsa mp3 player instead. It's much cheaper and although he is responsible, there are no locks on the lockers at school and we felt that an Ipod was more likely to get stolen. Our son loves having all his favorite music at his fingertips.
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