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Discovery Kids 256MB Kids Digital Boombox MP3 Player

3.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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  • 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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Technical Details

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  • Brand Name: Discovery
  • Model Number: 1624970
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 256.0 MB

Product Description

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Bring the wonderful world of music to your child with the Discovery Kids Digital MP3 Boom Box. Ideal for ages 3 and up, this rugged carry-along plays MP3 or WMA audio files downloaded from your computer for portable music any time, anywhere. With its 256MB of internal memory storage, just connect to your computer via the USB cable (included) for downloading music, stories and other audio files. Easy to use, the player features twin audio speakers, LCD display, volume adjustment , large kid- friendly controls, convenient carry handle and more!

Product Information

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Product Dimensions 11 x 8.8 x 4.1 inches
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
Manufacturer Discovery
ASIN B002AKE8YC
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 1624970
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3.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #24 in Toys & Games > Electronics for Kids > Music Players & Karaoke > MP3 Players
#1,664 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Players
Date first available at Amazon.com May 20, 2009

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By K. Cole on December 3, 2009
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My 2 1/2 year old loves this MP3 player. She can turn it on and off by herself ( if the switch on the back is not turned to "off"). It's rugged, easy to use, and the batteries have lasted more than a month so far with a great deal of use. I did have some trouble loading music on it at first - but only because I'm new to the world on online music. HINT: You cannot download music from iTunes, unless you're more computer savvy than me and know how to convert MP4's to MP3's. But once I figured this out and stopped trying to use iTunes and used Windows Media Player instead, it's fine. I can put music on, take music off, and switch the order of the music around with relative ease. I do wish it had a "shuffle" feature. But other than that I'm satisfied with it. Oh, and I only paid $29 for it at CVS. Don't pay any more than $25-30 for it.
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CVS had these cheap, $29 each. Sounds decent for the little speakers in it. Doesn't get so loud as to be a problem for little ears. But loud enough to be heard across the room.

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.
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Physical design is good. Sturdy, easy for the kids to use. Battery compartment is hard to open/close.
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.
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After going thru at least 10 or more tape players a year with an autistic teenager, I finally found an mp3 player with speakers and with no parts that can be ripped apart. Also, it can survive being thrown across a room or out a the window (which autistic kids sometimes do). The "little kid" look of the player doesn't matter for someone with the mental age of two so we are all happy. Big sister loads his favorite music and he even likes the preloaded music. Worth every penny and more!
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This music player was a gift from my mother for my daughter's birthday. I was so excited because I thought it would be the perfect gift for a two year old. The battery cover was difficult to open and close as other reviewers have stated. However, the real problem is that we were never able to get the thing to work for more than a second. To be precise: we got the screen to come on twice, for about 3 seconds each time. It never played even a note of music.

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.
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