Normally, every Friday I would greet you with a "Happy Friday!" However, for this week, out of remembrance and consideration for all the folks out there who are effected by our dismal economic state--those who have lost their jobs or homes, or are going through some rough times, my heart goes out to you, and I wish you nothing but the best. I know things will look up eventually, so stay strong. Take care and the best of luck to all of you! Now let's see if we can help Grandma Louise here with her MP3 buying decision for her grandchildren.
Grandma Louise, you do have a difficult buying decision in your hands--not only for figuring out what MP3 players are out there, but also for the more challenging of things, figuring out what MP3 players your grandchildren will love. You received a great deal of very helpful recommendations from our members and after reading through our members' answers, it's almost a split decision between an iPod of a sort or SanDisk Sansa MP3 player with a few others in between the two. Many of our members have their favorite players to recommend, but many have also taken the time out to break what types of MP3 players there are and what to consider when purchasing one--such as memory space, music format, and many other additional features. So, before you jump into reading everyone's answers in the Q&A, I have highlighted a few members' answers in the Q&A section that offered up some great general advice, and once you've gone through those, check out all the different advice. We even have a few grandparents and even a teacher recommending MP3 players based on their experiences. So have a read.
Louise, in my honest opinion, regardless of what you pick for your grandchildren, I think for the efforts you put yourself through to try to comprehend all the MP3 player mumbo jumbo that there is to learn, in my book, just that effort alone makes you already a very cool and hip grandma! I'm wishing you the best of luck with your MP3 buying decision. And thank you members for all your help. Have a great weekend!
Clueless about MP3 players, need help!
Hello there. I hope your community of members can help this
novice out. For the holidays, I'm planning to surprise both
my grandkids (ages 11 and 14) with an MP3 player each, but
the sad thing is I don't know a thing about them. I went to
the local store and I was quite shocked to find how many of
these players there are. For instance, I thought the iPod was
just one type of player, but to my surprise there are a few
different models just from the iPod name, which makes it even
more confusing. I know it would be difficult for you to
determine what is best for my grandkids, but I would like to
get them something that they will enjoy for years to come. I
don't want to buy them a cheap one, nor do I want to
overspend (budget is $100 to $200), but I do want them to be
happy with what I get them and be the coolest grandma who is
hip with what's in. It's a big surprise for them and bigger
challenge for me because right now I'm clueless. If you can
help me out and explain with simple terms the overall
differences between the varieties of MP3 players there are,
what makes a good and bad MP3 player, what features are
favorable or unfavorable, I would be forever grateful.
-- Submitted by:
A lost grandma, Louise T.
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