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Initial post: Jan 17, 2008 8:08:16 PM PST
What's the best mp3 player for kids? I like the idea of the Sansa Shaker because it has built-in speakers. Do any of the others have this feature? Also, it can't be too complicated. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2008 8:16:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2008 8:17:54 PM PDT
Sam says:
I can't believe anyone hasn't responded to you on this matter... The Shaker is kinda cool, but the novelty will wear out shortly... trust me. If you want a good MP3 player for kids... cheap, reliable, durable, etc., you should look to purchase a Creative ZEN Stone. They have a 1Gb (no screen like iPod Shuffle) and 2Gb (with screen, clock, and FM radio) versions. They are very small, extremely durable, and have easy to manipulate controls (on/off, vol up/down, next, previous, random play, and skip folder). My wife upgraded from her 1Gb stone to a larger capacity ZEN and my 8-yr old received the hand-me-down. he loves it, and it keeps him entertained better than a DVD player on long car trips!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2008 2:46:08 PM PDT
Jill Gardner says:
im wondering whether(<- did i spell that right?) or not if I should buy the 4gb Mp3, Mp4 3rd Generation Player, can someone please answer this and tell me what they think? I'm wondering if I should buy the one with the picture of all of the mp3's on it (i dunno if you get to choose which color...) or the seperate ones, with no resonse posted, wheras (eek! I think I spelled wrong too!) the multi mp3 player one is posted. If you read this please post a comment on which to get, if any.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2008 10:22:22 AM PDT
By "4gb Mp3, Mp4 3rd Generation Player" do you mean one of the generic iPod knockoffs? If so, then yes.

Their sound quality isn't top notch but it's good enough for the average listener. They have a few more features than a real iPod including a FM tuner and built in of all is that they are drag and drop compatible so you're not forced to use iTunes nor do you have to go though a big hassle getting your music and files back out of your player.

They can be found for as litle as under $30 if you look around a bit. For that price they are well worth it..or if you just have to have video capability. I'd even go so far as to say that I'd rather have one of these generic iPod look-a-likes than a real one....yes really.

For around $50 - $65 I'd go with a Sansa c240 (1GB) or c260 (2GB) as they have all of the features of the pod knockoffs (minus video), are card expandable, have better sound than a lot of players (including the iPods), a real 5 band adjustable eq, a user replaceable battery, and will run Rockbox. .by far the best for the price if you don't have to have video.

If it's for a child I'd go with the pod knockoff..aka "4gb Mp3, Mp4 3rd Generation Player"

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2008 4:20:13 AM PDT
Mark says:
The Creative Zen Stone is ok, but I think the Sansa Clip is better for the money. They have 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB sizes, though the 4GB is still not widely available on Amazon yet.

As for the comparison to the Shaker, none of those have a built-in speaker like the shaker does. Even though it's not the greatest speaker, that's still a nice feature.

There are a few Samsung players that have a built-in speaker, but none of them will last long enough to be worth the money so avoid those.

And the basic iPod Shuffle now has a 2GB version that is borderline affordable at around $65. Still, the Clip or the Stone Plus give you more bang for your buck.

All in all, if you don't want to spend too much money, you can get a very basic add on portable speaker and get the Sansa Clip, that's what I would recommend.
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