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Initial post: Jun 16, 2007 10:18:40 AM PDT
I need to find a way to play soothing music for my dog boarding kennel 24 hrs/day to calm the dogs down. So, I think I would need an MP3 player, an AC adaptor and the Wholehouse Transmitter to broadcast the MP3 music to the other 2 rooms thru FM radios. Which MP3 player? The Creative zen stone seems like a nice little player that will hold about ?500 songs. Any suggestions (dont want an IPod). Thanks ESL

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2007 9:34:09 AM PDT
K. Holmes says:
Just thinking out loud here - what about simply using a radio that could be left on all the time tuned to a classical station (or whatever kind of music you want to have playing) - if you want to avoid commercial breaks so there's continuous music, you might consider satellite radio for this, or even CDs. Many of the newer CD players are capable of handling mp3 recordings, and you could get many hours (I think around 15) on one CD and then just have it set to play over and over.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2007 10:31:53 AM PDT
Unfortunately, there is no classical music station to turn to where I live. What I need to know is, can any of the MP3 players be plugged into an AC adapter so they can play continuously? Otherwise, there would be the battery problem. Sirius has a monthly fee which I dont want to pay. I might use the CD player but fear it would wear out with 24 hr continuous play.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2007 2:55:05 PM PDT
K. Holmes says:
I think you should be able to get an AC adapter for most any of the players that have rechargeable batteries - I see your concern about the continuous play of the CD. I'd have the same fear with an mp3 player, so guess it would just be a matter of doing a cost analysis to see which of those items would be the least expensive to keep up with. Don't blame you for not wanting to be tied into the monthly fee for satellite if you're not already; I just threw out that possibility in case it was something you hadn't considered.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2007 7:08:47 PM PDT
Do you happen to have digital cable? Ours have music stations. . .just a thought.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2007 8:59:19 PM PDT
No, there is no cable or computer in my kennel. I think Sirius radio with the wholehouse transmitter is the only solution. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2007 6:08:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2007 6:09:24 AM PDT
Greg Brady says:
My advice:
Buy a cheap computer at your local Goodwill/Salvation Army/thrift shop and load RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or whatever your favorite media software is and rip CDs you think are appropriate to it and then just put it on random continuous play mode. Shut off the monitor once it's running (you can turn it back on if it crashes but you don't really need to burn the energy). This is the way most radio stations play music these days and it really doesn't take a terribly current system to do it. Since you don't really require that the unit be portable (you're going to leave it at the kennel) there's no reason you couldn't do it this way.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2007 1:00:10 PM PDT
Cartoon Head says:
I had a similar need. I do systems support for a vet's office, and he wanted a replacement for their on-hold music vs. using the radio. It simply uses a headphone jack to connect to the player. I tried a CD player, but after less than 24 hours of play, it conked out. So I got a Sandisk Sansa Express ($60) and Macally USB AC Charger for Sansa players ($30) -- basically just an AC plug-in port like your computer, and it is awesome. It plays while plugged in, and you can set it to shuffle and repeat as needed. Flash memory, so it will play repeatedly until the end of eternity. All for under $100 at Staples.

But it's even cheaper here at Amazon:

The USB AC adapter:
Macally USB AC Charger for SanDisk Sansa MP3 Players (Black)

The MP3 player:
SanDisk Sansa Express 1 GB MP3 Player (Black)

All you need is something that will plug into the headphone jack.

The dogs will love you for it.

And yes, I went through the iPod solution -- way too expensive, what a ripoff) and its junior version the Shuffle -- can't use A/C while playing, since the power jack IS the headphone jack. Both are overpriced vs. their value and both are strictly meant to be portable music players.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2007 1:32:40 PM PDT
I finally gave up and subscribed to Sirius radio for $6.99/mo since I already have one in my car. I prepaid for 2 yrs. I put in 4 more cheap speakers and now the entire kennel listens to Spa 73. It is wonderful and keeps the dogs relaxed.

thanks for your response.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2007 8:39:13 AM PDT
hey, I've been looking for an adaptor for my Sansa Sandisk M240 MP3 Player... this may be just what I'm looking for! Thanks! I'll check out the link now

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 1:40:05 PM PST
Unfortunately, I have a similar problem. I purchased two different MP3 Players. It will run the loops until the battery fails, but when you plug in to AC or DC power it will not keep playing. Seems silly. When the first one did it I assumed it was just a stupid brand. However, tried another brand and same crap occurred. Therefore if anyone has a MP3 player that works contentiously while plugged in that would be great.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2012 2:06:11 PM PST
I gave up and subscribed to Sirius satellite! Fantastic!! Keeps the dogs calm 24 hrs/day.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 12:44:36 PM PST
Mikhail Volf says:
Hey Cartoon Head.

How did this system work out. Does the Sansa player last as long as you had hoped?
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