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I liked that it had buttons instead of a touch screen, that is had headphone and speaker options, and that it was fairly easy for my 6 year old to use, but loading music is very frustrating! It is easy to transfer songs from a disk, but it is hard to find MP3 files of specific songs online so the only option I found was to pay for and download a MP3 converter subscription service, which I did NOT do. So, the specific songs he would like to listen to are not on his player, only the music from a few kid CDs I had. If you want music on the go without having to play CDs in your car then this would work great, but I need the ability to convert the music files to MP3 files for free (even a 1 week subscription would be nice) so songs can be uploaded on the player.
We got this as a Christmas gift for a 5 year old. I LOVE IT! It's easy enough to use that he can do it on his own. So far, we haven't run out of space with two dozen songs and some podcasts. It will hold "pictures" but they are grainy like from a really old cell phone. But - I didn't buy it for that. The sound is good quality. I like that it's not ridiculously loud. If you want it louder - attach a speaker OR headphones. I haven't timed the battery life - but it goes for hours. Still running strong 4 months later. I haven't put any of the MP3's on (my husband does that) - but he seemed to figure it out easily and quickly.
My son uses this on the bus. He needed a distraction and we put all of his favorite songs on it. He also uses it before bed to listen to songs and fall asleep. I love that this MP3 player has helped him to love music.
It is impossible to figure out how to download music on this. There are no direction to help figure it out in the directions or online. After spending days trying to download songs for my child, I call customer service, which was completely useless. A complete waste of money.