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Re: [ARSCLIST] MP3 player for public
Well, there is a reason the iPod is far and away the best selling digital music player -- ease of
use and user-friendly interface. You'd be hard pressed to find a better interface, although someone
probably makes a specialized player of some sort for institutional purposes. I've seen specialized
CD players in museums -- the covers are locked and they are ruggedized and offer only play and stop
buttons, covered in rubber so slimy little fingers can't break them. Someone must make a similar MP3
Another idea -- seek out an Apple refurb or recycling place in Europe. You might find a load of iPod
Mini or even an early Nano for very cheap. A Nano might be your ideal choice because it's got
solid-state memory, not a hard drive, and will thus last longer under constant jarring.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark.Davis" <Mark.Davis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2007 10:04 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] MP3 player for public
I apologize of this topic has been dealt with in the past (though I did do a search)
My institution is considering audio commentaries of exhibits, no doubt a well worn path.
Does anyone know of a cheap larger non-purpose built mp3 player with simple buttons and few
options to confuse the user.
Ideally it should display a numbered playlist, play one track on command and fall back to the
playlist. Other than select/play/pause/stop and volume no other functions are needed.
I know some institutions use either purpose built units, or have custom programming for pda's,
however both are outside our price range.
Looking in the local shops produces a maze of differing products, all seemingly for the
technologically adept user and with far too many other features. Also these products change so
fast that by the time one were to be purchased and tested it is superceded and no longer
Any advice would be welcome
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