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rainbowriver Sun 21-Oct-12 20:21:33

My daughter has asked for an ipod touch but trying to find a cheaper child friendly version.

She's seen a Barbie MP3 player, please tell me,

how easy would it be to get music on and how would I do this?

I don't want her using the headphones so could she attach one to a speaker?

Are there any she can view the videos on?

I am new to all this please help!

mrscumberbatch Sun 21-Oct-12 22:39:25

To put music on, you would either have to download music from the internet as an mp3 or save existing cds onto your computer to convert it to mp3 and then upload it to the player.

Check that the headphones aren't fixed, if they're on a normal headphone jack you can easily change this over to a speaker jack. They're exactly the same.

If you get an MP3 with video capacity, she could view videos. Is this something that you want?

FWIW: Depending on her age I would be tempted just to get the ipod. The software is included and is easy to use and she'll never grow out of it. It's something that could do her from age 2 to 21. There's not many things that you can say that about!

APMF Mon 22-Oct-12 07:20:08

Battery powered mini speakers about the size of an small apple can be had for about £30. You simply plug it into the earphone jack on the player.

Ditto recommendation for iTouch for a hassle free experience (if cost is not an issue) Everything you want - music and videos - is available from iTunes with a few clicks.

rainbowriver Mon 22-Oct-12 10:58:09

Thanks both, I know you're right but she is six and I feel sad getting her an adult gadget, though I know she'd love it.

Also worried she would break it.

Don't know what to do!

Inneedofbrandy Mon 22-Oct-12 11:01:19

I you get the touch you can get speaker docks for about £20/30 and as well as music and everything else you can get audio books. You can get a case to stop it being smashed ect to.

EasyFromNowOn Mon 22-Oct-12 13:04:42

The Barbie mp3 players are ok, DD had one and I bought one for a friend's DD last year. You can just drag and drop the mp3s on to it, once you have them on your computer, as it connects via USB, so you don't need to mess about with special software. However, if you already use iTunes for buying music, you can still drag the tracks to the Barbie player. You can do the same with audiobooks, as long as you get them in mp3 format (I use Audible).

They are also pretty robust, and stand up well to general use. I didn't use the ear buds which came with it, however I did get some children's headphones which were the big, over the ear type with built in volume limits. The speakers which plug into the headphone jack can be had very cheaply, but they do eat batteries.

mrscumberbatch Mon 22-Oct-12 19:39:35

Apple are very good about repairing things so at least you know that they are always there in an emergency.

Also, they're quite difficult to break. Unless you drop it in a toilet or something like that!

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