Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


geekIT

1231 posts

Uber Geek


#233538 20-Apr-2018 14:38
Send private message

Need this for walking, gyming, so it needs to be light.

 

Micro SD card capable, regular headphone port.

 

Rechargeable.

 

Don't need Bluetooth, Camera, Internet, Phone, Social media involvement. Just a music player is all.

 

But I would like a screen, so I can see and select from my music library.

 

Via effective and uncomplicated controls.

 

Is this possible for around $250?





'Ask not what you can do for your country: Ask what you can do for me'. Donald J.Trump. US President 2016 - 2020.

 

 

 

 


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
vexxxboy
3307 posts

Uber Geek


  #1999859 20-Apr-2018 14:47
Send private message

they dont sell them much anymore , the cheap android phones have taken over the mp3 market as they sell for around $50. 

 

but maybe something like this

 

https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?r=p&partid=27894





Common sense is not as common as you think.


jonathan18
4707 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #1999869 20-Apr-2018 15:07
Send private message

If you want this separate from your phone, what about... another phone? Get a not-too-slow mobile, remove all unnecessary apps, stick on some decent music apps and music files, use a basic launcher... whether the device has unnecessary features like a camera is surely irrelevant if you just don’t use them?

The advantages include the ability to use multiple sources (eg local files or downloaded Spotify), and to play the music on other devices via Bluetooth, Chromecast etc. the main disadvantage is battery life, but I’m sure if you disabled all unnecessary apps and services it’ll be better than running a normal phone...

 
 
 
 


Sam91
608 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #1999877 20-Apr-2018 15:16
Send private message

You don't need to spend anywhere near $250.

 

Secondhand iPod Nano - internal storage though

 

If you go this route, try to go for the recent generations and ask about the battery performance.

 

Super cheap sd card mp3 player - no screen though

 

A few dollars...

 

Cheap nano style mp3 player - internal storage though

 

Does what you want, but the user experience looks a bit clunky based on YouTube reviews.

 

 

 

 

 

 


timbosan
1713 posts

Uber Geek


vexxxboy
3307 posts

Uber Geek


  #1999897 20-Apr-2018 15:58
Send private message

timbosan:

 

Sony still sell Walkmans - https://www.sony.co.nz/electronics/walkman-digital-music-players/t/walkman

 

 

 

 

they do but they are really expensive for what they do, 





Common sense is not as common as you think.


mattwnz
16705 posts

Uber Geek


  #1999925 20-Apr-2018 17:02
Send private message

IMO an ipod nano is probably the best solution for what you want even though you have to use itunes to sync your music library, but a pity apple stopped selling them. Maybe they will bring them back eventually. An apple watch is also an option as the cheaper ones are around that price. But you need an iphone as well to sync music with it.

 

 

 

How big do you want it? I purhcased a really cool little radio from overseas, that has an micro SD card reader music player built in. But it is sort of walkman size. That used to be small, but these days it isn't so small. The mp3 player menus though aren't as user friendly to use as an ipod.


timbosan
1713 posts

Uber Geek


  #1999926 20-Apr-2018 17:06
Send private message

vexxxboy:

 

timbosan:

 

Sony still sell Walkmans - https://www.sony.co.nz/electronics/walkman-digital-music-players/t/walkman

 

 

 

 

they do but they are really expensive for what they do, 

 



$80 is not that expensive, and its way under the $250 budget the OP specified. Plus you get local warranty.

However the Hi-Res one really does blow the budget at $950!


 
 
 
 


mattwnz
16705 posts

Uber Geek


  #1999933 20-Apr-2018 17:29
Send private message

timbosan:

 



$80 is not that expensive, and its way under the $250 budget the OP specified. Plus you get local warranty.

However the Hi-Res one really does blow the budget at $950!

 

 

 

 

Only 4GB though for $80. They can't have updated the model for years. Just buying a really cheap android phone that has an SD slot and running google music is probably the cheapest option these days for something that is also easy to use. IN the USA they seem to have newer models at https://www.sony.com/electronics/walkman-digital-music-players/t/walkman . Although they also have one that is over $3000, for an HD walkman. I wonder how many of those they sell. Importing maybe the only option


tukapa1
468 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

  #2000136 21-Apr-2018 08:31
Send private message

Have you had a look at the FiiO range?

 

The X1 or the X3.


blackjack17
1113 posts

Uber Geek


  #2000160 21-Apr-2018 09:17
Send private message

What about Bluetooth headphones?

I have a pair of mpow cheetah from AliExpress. Around $20. I just leave my phone in my bag and can walk all around the gym. Bonus is no cords to get tangled.

http://www.bestbluetoothearbuds.net/mpow-cheetah-review/




tdgeek
21379 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #2000161 21-Apr-2018 09:21
Send private message

iPod Classic. Not sold now but are on Trademe. Wife and I had one each, big storage, screen, easy to use. 


geekIT

1231 posts

Uber Geek


  #2000360 21-Apr-2018 17:17
Send private message

Thanks, guys - you've all been most helpful :-)

 

The FiiO X1 2nd Gen. looks pretty good at $159. Plus it has Bluetooth, which could be useful. I have some Harmon Kardon cans which I've been using with a Samsung tablet.

 

Anybody had experience with this FiiO model?

 

Re the TradeMe Nano's, the cheaper ones all look a bit beat-up, even when they get up to, and beyond, the FiiO price.

 

Ali Express has heaps of cheapies, of course, but unless someone here can recommend a quality model that works properly, I think I'd be better off to buy the FiiO locally and minimize warranty problems.

 

Re the old phone suggestion, I have an unused Huawei Y300 (Spark). But unless I can root it and dump all the gratuitous junk (plus the Spark stuff) I don't see it being of much use. 

 

 





'Ask not what you can do for your country: Ask what you can do for me'. Donald J.Trump. US President 2016 - 2020.

 

 

 

 


tukapa1
468 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

  #2000514 22-Apr-2018 08:05
Send private message

I don't have any personal experience with the FiiO range but they always seem to review pretty well, especially the value for money of the X1.

 

I was looking at an X3 but can't really justify the purchase as my S7 does a pretty good job at the moment.

 

 

 

 


geekIT

1231 posts

Uber Geek


  #2000557 22-Apr-2018 11:52
Send private message

Blackjack17: Can you tell me which outlet you bought your earbuds from, please?

 

There are several options on this page with different prices.

 

Cheers :-)

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20180421154248&SearchText=MPOW+cheetah





'Ask not what you can do for your country: Ask what you can do for me'. Donald J.Trump. US President 2016 - 2020.

 

 

 

 


blackjack17
1113 posts

Uber Geek


  #2000703 22-Apr-2018 16:55
Send private message

I got this one  Back in November 2016.  Still working well.  It doesn't seem to fit in my ears as well as it did but that is probably a good thing as when out running it doesn't block the background noise.  And for the price I can replace it half a dozen times for the price of one name brand one.





 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic




News »

HP unveils new innovations for businesses adapting to rapidly evolving workstyles and workforces
Posted 17-Sep-2020 15:36


GoPro launches new HERO9 Black camera
Posted 17-Sep-2020 09:45


Telecommunications industry launches new 5G Facts website
Posted 17-Sep-2020 07:56


New Zealand ranks 3rd in world in GSMA index
Posted 15-Sep-2020 10:13


Trend Micro Security Suite adds web monitoring to prevent identity theft
Posted 14-Sep-2020 15:37


NVIDIA to acquire Arm for US$ 40 billion
Posted 14-Sep-2020 12:27


Epson launches its next gen A3+ colour EcoTank multi-function printer
Posted 10-Sep-2020 16:08


Sony launches three new native 4K SXRD home cinema projectors
Posted 9-Sep-2020 18:00


Catalyst Cloud brings Kubernetes-based open-source web hosting solution to market
Posted 9-Sep-2020 17:54


Verizon Connect eyes further growth in New Zealand
Posted 8-Sep-2020 09:26


PNY launches XLR8 gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series powered by the all-new NVIDIA Ampere architecture
Posted 3-Sep-2020 16:39


NVIDIA delivers greatest-ever generational leap with GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs
Posted 3-Sep-2020 16:17


Weta Digital advances visual effects and animation in the cloud with AWS
Posted 2-Sep-2020 17:09


Kiwrious lab-in-the-pocket kit designed for schoolchildren
Posted 28-Aug-2020 09:03


Fitbit introduces Sense, its most advanced health smartwatch
Posted 26-Aug-2020 10:14



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.