Thursday, July 30, 2009

MP3 Player for Handicapped


I originally posted the item below back in July 2009. Here we are in June 2015, and this darling little Coby MP3 player is no longer available. In the short run of six years it has run its course. Sorry to see it go. It has been replaced with more complicated versions of the same thing, and most of them have built-in rechargeable batteries, which don't provide much play time. Given that, I'm searching for a replacement.

If you're reading this, and a simplified MP3 player is what you're looking for, have a look for a SONY NWZ-B13F. More on this later after we've had more time to see how it performs. Here's the one we're currently trying. It has a built-in battery, which recharges in minutes if necessary, and if you can leave it three hours, you have about 20 hours of play time. Sound is good, size if fine, controls are easy to use. Only downside, a FM radio, which just complicates things.


I determined if I ever found an MP3 player that those who are physically and visually challenged I would be sure to post it. I did quite a search and saw plenty of suggestions, but no real solutions. Then the other day at Best Buy I found a Coby MP3 player that has solved the problem. You see my son in the truck above with his new player. Pictured below is the one I'm talking about. No screens to read, buttons he can figure out, good enough quality for his purposes, easy to setup and keep updated, and inexpensive.
This model is the MP200, 2GB with 2.0 high speed USB for fast file transfer. It is fast, and the interface with Windows Media Player is easily figured out and understood. Mine came with ear buds for $11 (tax in). I purchased five of them. Detailed instructions come with the player.

My son took to the new player quickly and soon had it figured out. Old CDs - "all done." CD players - "all done." Thankfully.

CD players are getting harder to find and they're expensive when you can find them. My son is hard on CD players, and the average life of one is two weeks. Even WalMart no longer stocks them.