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clearsommespace Mon 25-Sep-17 19:57:32

How do your DC listen to music?
DD is not quite a teen and has limited Internet time on her phone so she does something else with her free time than constantly watch videos on you tube. The problem is she also listens to music via YouTube. The parental control doesn't distinguish between music videos and others. So we get in a situation where she'll spend most of the morning watching inane videos and then finally get round to something more constructive like craft or tidying but doesn't have any Internet time left so no music.
I am in the stone age when it comes to music as I put on a CD! But from what I understand music streaming services also require an Internet connection. Her phone doesn't have much space so she can't store much on there.
Any ideas?

Hotheadwheresthecoldbath Tue 26-Sep-17 00:03:27

My dd used YouTube and Spotify.She links into our broadband with bt filters on.She also has an MP3 player that mostly comes out on long car journeys.

Hotheadwheresthecoldbath Tue 26-Sep-17 00:04:46

?iPod if you can afford one.

pp2017 Tue 26-Sep-17 00:16:38

I have an Apple Music subscription for myself, when DS (9) got his iPad I upgraded to the family subscription, he can create his own playlists with own songs and because he's set up as a child he can't download any explicit versions......

Migraleve Tue 26-Sep-17 00:28:13

Apple Music here as well. Have the family account, £14.99 a month and well worth it

clearsommespace Tue 26-Sep-17 05:01:09

Thanks. Like I say I am a novice when in comes to online music. Don't all these suggestions (except MP3 player/Ipod) require Internet access? Even if it's just using home Wi-Fi? Her WiFi access is limited to a certain number of hours a day.

About the play list, once it is created, can you listen to it offline?

Hot, how could you be sure your DC was only listening to music via YouTube? As far as I understand, once DD has youtube access she could equally be watching videos.

Orangeplastic Tue 26-Sep-17 10:39:46

Try something like

clearsommespace Tue 26-Sep-17 11:56:30

Thanks orange. We have Kaspersky so she has x hours of Internet access when at home. The problem occurs when she has used up that allowance and still wants to listen to music. I'don't like the music to be unlimited but the video platforms to be limited. Do you have our pact? Can you authoruse some apps unlimited (eg spotify) but have a max time usage on others (you tube)?

clearsommespace Tue 26-Sep-17 11:57:22

That should read I would like the music to be unlimited.

Orangeplastic Tue 26-Sep-17 12:48:27

No I don't have ourpact but know many parents who use it and find it very flexible. We limit screen time without gadgets - no internet upstairs unless doing homework etc....I know they are probably sliding onto youtube briefly but I have suggested that if they can't self limit, then something else will be done - like our pact - they are keen to avoid that!
They listen music upstairs while they do their homework through Sonos and Spotify - they spend more time on their phones than anything else, so these do not go upstairs - to avoid temptation they will set the music up downstairs on their phone and it plays upstairs in their room through sonos, so there's no need to have a screen in the room for them to play music over the internet.

clearsommespace Tue 26-Sep-17 13:04:24

Oh that's a good idea (phone in one room and speaker in another). Plus I can pause the music to get attention at mealtimes rather thand having to go up or yellow myself hoarse.

pp2017 Wed 27-Sep-17 00:14:04


You need wifi or internet to download your playlist initially but then you can set it to "offline" and listen to it wherever and whenever without the need for internet 😊

Plummer88 Thu 28-Sep-17 09:26:34

We have Spotify family premium so you can download playlists/albums etc to listen to when you're offline.

tarheelbaby Sun 01-Oct-17 17:17:31

I know what you mean about the yoof of today doing it differently. I remember my cassette player. So DD10 has an ancient iPod 2 and a radio which has bluetooth and a USB port - it's a tiny 'boom box'. At first, we copied her CDs onto memory sticks and she played these through her radio before she got her iPod. Both of these were really inexpensive. Family give her gift cards so she can download music which she can play through her radio. Plus, she mainly likes top40 so is happy enough to listen to the radio itself.
We're quite old fashioned (both our phones are payg) and in no hurry to open any cans of worms so she is not yet allowed on the internet. No earphones yet since she's only 10. We're mostly content with the radio ourselves.

Orangeplastic Sun 01-Oct-17 20:11:24

All very well being old fashioned but when the common method of communicating is via WhatsApp or instagram and your dc don't have access they just get left the new girl at our dc's school - she has enough to contend with in terms of making friends - being out of the socialising loop is a risky strategy that your teen will not thank you for.

eyebrowsonfleek Sun 01-Oct-17 20:24:00

We are a Spotify family. You can listen to your playlist offline.

RonSwansonsMoustache Mon 02-Oct-17 20:01:20

Spotify is really good. £9.99 a month for a single subscription to premium. She can listen to unlimited music online or download upto 3000 songs to listen to without internet access.

And being "old-fashioned" is not going to help your child. It's just going to make them left-out and they'll struggle to make friends as they hit their teen years.

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