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#241  Jerola 02-22-2019, 06:13 PM
Can anyone recommend a basic MP3 player?

I've been using my trusty Sony Walkman but it is old now and has issues.

I want something dedicated to AUDIO files - don't want extras that include video or ebooks or anything else.

I also download lectures and documentaries from YouTube so I just want a device that plays my MP3 and WMA files, no apps or anything needed.

Oh, and most importantly, it needs to have a button that allows me to rewind 5 or 15 seconds if I miss something. My Sony Walkman won't allow me to just go back a few seconds, it takes me back to the previous audio file.

I thought it would be easy to find such a thing but it's not.

Love the idea of swimming while listening. Those training for the Olympics now can read books while they train?
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#242  CRussel 02-22-2019, 07:53 PM
@jerola: Yes, I love being able to listen to books while I swim, though I'm afraid I've missed my chance at the Olympics. I use my Delphin for that, but it's hardly what I'd call 'basic', and the price is pretty steep.

As for an MP3 player that's just an MP3 player? Not sure. I know some like Sansa Clip, but don't know about features on it. And there's always iPods. The Nano was a good size for me, and handles most things I needed it to do.
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#243  haertig 04-21-2019, 07:26 PM
Has anyone discovered a new MP3 player that is a good fit for audiobooks? I looked several months ago (and asked here as well). Back then, there really wasn't anything that grabbed my interest other than the AGPTEK G05, but now that particular player can't be found for purchase. Just a few months, and whammo, it's gone. Wish I would have bought one back then.

So I have continued using my ancient Sansa Clip running Rockbox. This device is pretty much the ultimate IMHO, and I plan to continue using it as long as it continues working. But its days are numbered due to its advanced age. It could go belly up at any moment. So I like to keep an eyes open for new MP3 player offerings that might be a suitable replacement.

Any recent discoveries that are worth noting? If by some luck I find a good choice, I'll buy it even though my Sansa Clip is still working. These MP3 players seem to be all made in China now, and they come and go monthly. Find one today, and it will probably be discontinued in a few weeks (e.g., the AGPTEK G05).

p.s. - I am looking for something that will play side loaded MP3 audiobooks that I already have, not something that is tied into an audio bookstore for purchase (e.g., I couldn't care less if the player does Audible, because I'm not going to go and re-buy my audiobooks from there).

p.p.s - I am not looking for a Smartphone app either, I want a super small stand-alone player with physical buttons that I can use by feel.

I have skimmed Amazon and nothing stood out. I have skimmed the Rockbox website, and it appears that nothing currently made (for several years) is compatible with that fantastic firmware. Maybe some high-end players might be, but I'm not going to spend a couple of hundred dollars on something as simple as an audiobook player device.
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#244  Tarana 04-21-2019, 08:14 PM
Quote Catlady
Speaking of waterproof, can anyone recommend a Bluetooth shower speaker? I'm not terribly concerned with the sound quality or any bells and whistles.
There's a $10 one at Amazon (BonBon), but the one I got for my brother was about $8 at the big box hardware store. Works fine for the purpose. Just make sure that you get a device that matches the bluetooth version. The first one I bought worked fine with his Itouch but wouldn't work with the Sansa.
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#245  haertig 04-22-2019, 12:50 PM
Quote haertig
Has anyone discovered a new MP3 player that is a good fit for audiobooks?
FWIW, I found a really cheap MP3 player on Amazon that I noted one member here has and likes.

A Ruizu X26 "Used - Like New" for $6.61. Free Amazon Prime shipping.

I figured why not give it a try? It cost less than lunch out at a fast food place. At the very least, it should serve as a backup device if (and when) my Sansa Clip finally fails. I'm not expecting much, so I shouldn't be too disappointed!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XGDY93X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Oops - this above link now shows "currently unavailable". I guess I bought the last (only?) one.

Still on the lookout for any MP3 players that are known to be good for audiobooks. I like the dedicated use, small form factor, physical buttons, and inexpensive nature of the el-cheapo devices.

I used an old smart phone (no service, but still ran apps) and also a Fire tablet to listen to audiobooks for a while, but I quickly tired of having to pull the device out of it's case, enter a password to wake the screen, and find the "pause" or "rewind" button in the user interface when walking around.
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#246  Tarana 11-10-2019, 06:09 PM
Very cool thing. I went in for my semi-annual hearing aid check at Miracle Ear and they upgraded my Genesis hearing aid for free! Now I can hear my audiobooks, phone, other stuff directly through my hearing aid! It is SO COOL when I drive on errands. I don't have to fumble with a separate mini-speaker (I have a 20 year old car, no bluetooth) and it's very clear. Adds at least an hour of listening time per day, sometimes more depending on situation.
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#247  issybird 11-10-2019, 06:36 PM
That's fantastic, Tarana!
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#248  taosaur 11-17-2019, 12:37 AM
Quote Tarana
Very cool thing. I went in for my semi-annual hearing aid check at Miracle Ear and they upgraded my Genesis hearing aid for free! Now I can hear my audiobooks, phone, other stuff directly through my hearing aid! It is SO COOL when I drive on errands. I don't have to fumble with a separate mini-speaker (I have a 20 year old car, no bluetooth) and it's very clear. Adds at least an hour of listening time per day, sometimes more depending on situation.
Very cool! Takes it from a remedy to an augmentation - you have a cyborg super power! I got my first cyborg parts this year, if a dental bridge counts.

I picked up a set of "true wireless" earbuds around the beginning of the year. They've bought me a decent amount of listening time just by being super comfortable and easy to keep charged, having the case as a power bank. I use them around the house all the time, which I never used to do with headphones. Mine are Soundcore, an Anker label. Anker does a lot of very solid budget electronics, especially bluetooth audio.
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#249  Complete 03-25-2020, 03:55 PM
i use a Sansa Clip+ and a 200 GB micro SD card and Rockbox for the OS

as a backup i have one of those AGPtek MP3 players that has like a 70-hour battery but it doesnt have a clip so its somewhat less useful than the Sansa. Also the filesystem is poor, files dont stack alphabetically for some reason unless they are all loaded at one time
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#250  Catlady 05-28-2020, 10:16 PM
I just got a new AGPTEK mp3 player--my old one still works fine but has lost a lot of battery life (down to about 6 hours from 20+), so I figured it was time for a new one after three and a half years. It's a different model, with more internal storage (16gb), but basically the same.

I'll use the old one for music, since it still has plenty of juice for that purpose, and the new one for audiobooks. I'm quite pleased with AGPTEK, both quality and price.
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