- Brand Name: Discovery
- Model Number: 1624970
- Digital Storage Capacity: 256.0 MB
Discovery Kids 256MB Kids Digital Boombox MP3 Player
- 256MB miniature USB boom box radio with 20 pre-recorded songs featuring artists such as Twin Sisters and Hot Buttered Rum
- USB computer connection cable and software included
- Large, kid friendly buttons, are easy for kids to use
- Minimum system requirements: Microsoft Windows 200/XP/Vista Pentium Processor (166MHz or higher) Mac OS X (up to 10.5) USB 1.1 or 2.0 port
- Requires 4 AA batteries
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It shows up on the desktop as a USB flash drive. You manually drag mp3 files to it. Since it's not a high-fidelity device and it has limited memory you may want to re-encode your audio files. Choose a low bitrate. The files will be smaller and then you can load more onto the player. The sound quality would suffer if you were using a decent player with headphones. But for a kids unit like this and with typical kids music it's not a problem. I used a program named "WinLAME" to re-encode my songs and it worked nicely.
The player is durably constructed with easy to use buttons. It seems like it'll hold up to typical toddler abuse. My only complaint is the on-hold-off switch could be more clearly marked. The lettering for those is molded into the plastic and is not easy to read. You 'get used to it' eventually. I marked mine with a bit of black marker to better highlight the raised lettering.
The LCD screen shows the title, bitrate, type, number of tracks and battery level. It shows the full length of the song name by scrolling it. So if you're looking for a specific song you have to press the right/left arrow until you see the first part of the name. But it shows "Title:XXXX" where XXXX is just the first 4 letters of the song name. It would be nice if it didn't bother putting the "Title:" prefix on there and instead showed more of the song name. But it does scroll the name if you stop for a few seconds. Again, you get used to it.
Even at the higher prices it's still worth it. All in all, I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to give their small child a durable little music player.
The biggest problems is that it does not play stereo MP3s properly. It just plays one channel out both speakers totally ignoring the other channel. This means that almost all modern MP3s will be missing vocal and/or instrumental parts from the song. One can only play mono or the so-called "joint-stereo" MP3s on it. All the free songs on the unit are in "joint stereo" so it seems manufacturer knew this device could not properly play all MP3s one would typically find in the year 2010. Should have known when the product description said "features twin audio speakers", and not "stereo speakers".
I returned the first one thinking it was broke. I returned the second one I purchased for a refund.
We tried everything we could think of -- different batteries, different battery configuration, shaking, threatening, cursing, time-out -- nothing worked! Because it was ordered online from another state and because the gift-giver was out of town for three months, AND because I, trying to be efficient, had immediately recycled the packaging, the chance of returning/exchanging the thing was exceedingly unlikely. I decided to open it up and see if I could solve the mystery myself. It was no small task. I had to use a jewelers precision screwdriver set and needle-nose pliers, but after an hour teasing out the embedded screws I popped the thing open and found that the two halves came apart completely!
Here's the deal: the battery compartment is attached to one half and all the works... the screen, the memory card slot, the port, the chip, everything... are attached to the other half of the shell. There was a loose wide grey ribbon coming from the battery compartment attached to nothing! After some investigation I found where it was supposed to be soldered and glued to and there was very little (no) glue residue. If anyone else out there is wondering why their unit does not work, or works intermittently, but they don't want to sacrifice their chance at a return, now you know.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this toy. We've had it for over 5 years and it still works perfectly. Been thru several kids. I wish they still made it as it would make a great gift.Published 1 month ago by Angela
Was a gift. It allowed me to record the Night Before Christmas for my granddaughter.Published 10 months ago by ExpertNovice
Bought this from CVS during a christmas sale for about 10 dollars. My 5 yr old still uses it often. We take it on trips and into the classroom. Built in speakers are OK. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SmoothSailor
My granddaughter, age 2,loves this little box,which she can easily operate. It is just the right size and fun for her to use to get her dance music.Published on April 16, 2014 by betsy quinn
My now four year old daughter LOVES this radio. We take it everywhere. The stock songs are cute, but with the card slot we can load anything. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Jennifer
I was looking for an easy-to-use MP3 player Christmas gift that could hold up to a rambunctious five year old grandson. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by D. Parent
My grandson absolutely loved it! He could listen to all of his favorite songs loaded directly from the computer. Large buttons and easy to operate...Published on December 31, 2013 by KIMBERLY DEWITT
This rugged MP3 player has been perfect for my one year old granddaughter who loves music. She can play music herself and it is sturdy enough to haul all over and drop time and... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Well, I don't know how well it will hold up, but right out of the box it was missing the USB cable. Not a promising start.Published on December 11, 2013 by SherryQ