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Re: portable CD players

On Sat 10 Nov 2018 at 07:41:21 (-0500), rhkramer@gmail.com wrote:
> On Saturday, November 10, 2018 06:49:02 AM Brad Rogers wrote:
> > On Sat, 10 Nov 2018 07:15:26 +0000
> > mick crane <mick.crane@gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > >that's what I wondered and what exactly is an "audio disc" ?
> > >Can I make one from mp3 ?
> > 
> > Certainly you can, but why bother?  Just buy an mp3 player.  They tend
> > to be cheaper, have no moving mechanical parts and therefore less prone
> > to problems.
> +1
> And, on ebay, you can find some really inexpensive ones -- I think the last one 
> I bought (as a spare, haven't used it yet) was less than $5 (but a long 
> delivery time from the far east).
> Some have built in memory (I'm using one with 1 GB built in), more modern 
> (cheap) ones use SD cards (or at least, the one I bought does).  And the cheap 
> ones don't have speakers -- they expect you to use headphones or ear thingies.
> Pay attention to batteries, some have them built-in (typically rechargable, 
> but not (easily) replaceable).

I had this problem when my old portable CD player had become
unreliable and the Philips GoGear mp3 player had been discontinued.
(Some of the cheap mp3 players couldn't handle multi-track music
pieces (classical) in a sane way.)

My solution was to buy an unlocked phone, a Galaxy Y. As an upgrade,
it cost £25 (2013 flash sale, normally £40) though I've never actually
used it regularly as a phone.

It has an FM radio as well as being able to play audio and video files
in a variety of formats. Storage is on a micro SD card which can be
loaded from a computer through USB (cable, or by removing the card
from the phone) or via Bluetooth.

Of course, it has all the other facilities one would expect: stills
and video camera, sound recorder (mono), WiFi (hence Internet browser),
PDF viewer, audio output via 3.5mm etc. and apps, I suppose. The
battery is replaceable, and these power bank thingies can be used to
extend portable use in the field.


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