Good MP3 Players and Portable Speakers for Kids 2016
Cheap and Durable MP3 Players for Kids
My wife and I decided to do something a little different and get MP3 players for our kids this Christmas. Our kids love dancing, singing, and being crazy, but sometimes it's a little difficult to feel like an adult when everyone is in the same room.
Expensive is Not a Good Idea for Young Kids:
We first began looking for more expensive MP3 player options like the iPod Nano and touch. These, of course, would be a good option if we wanted to spend the money. Seeing as our kids are all 8 and under it just seemed like a bad idea to have such an expensive device in their rooms that could possibly destroyed in the middle of a dance break.
Instead, I set out to look for cheaper MP3 players that were not only easy-to-use, but durable as well.
In this post I'll take you through the options that are currently on the market and give you an idea of which MP3 player I think is the best value for the money as well as some good portable speakers to go with them.
iPod Shuffle and SanDisk - Too Small for Kids?
If I were to recommend an MP3 player to an adult, then I'd probably go with the SanDisk Sansa Clip. At around $30 for the 4GB option it's easy-to-use, scroll through, and has decent ear bud headphones that come with it.
The Apple iPod shuffle is also a solid option that's simple, relatively inexpensive, and durable.
That being said my kids still have trouble finding their shoes and socks, so the thought of a tiny MP3 player seems out of the question. If you have a pre-teen or a child that's fairly responsible, then this is probably your best bet.
Both of these players come with clips that make it easy to place just about anywhere.
Best Kids MP3 Player Under $100
If you're willing to spend around $60, then you'll want to go with the Sony Walkman. It allows for up to 35 hours of music playback and 4 hours of video.
The device itself feels solid and it supports a number of formats including MP3, WMA, AAC-LC, and L-PCM.
I Like this Device overall, but the ear buds are just OK:
The ear buds are not the best in the world, but you can easily replace them with a decent model that costs around $10 like Panasonic's RPHJE120k or spend about twice as much for something nicer like MEElectronics' Sport-Fi M6 in-ear headphones.
The Walkman is available in capacities of 4-16GB with the 4GB costing as little as $55 and the 16GB costing around $90.
Final Thoughts on the Sony Walkman:
For the money you won't find a better MP3 player under $100. The Walkman is easy-to-use and big enough that it won't easily get lost.
Apple Ipod Nano 7th Generation
Another good option in the $100 $150 price range is the Apple Ipod Nano. It comes with an FM radio, Fitness walk and run support, and built-in Nike+ support.
The Nano is only available in a 16GB capacity model.
Purchased directly from Apple's site you'll pay the full $150 for the Nano 7th generation; however, using this site for the Nano you may be able to get it for as low as $95.
Cheap and Good MP3 Players Under $25
In the under $25 category you might be surprised at just how many options are available. Knock off options from China as well as inexpensive options from Ravo are popular, but there's one model that really sticks out above the rest.
New Release Goldenseller MP3/MP4 Player
Before I get into this option I just want to mention that if you're looking for super high quality and flexibility this might not be for you. If you're looking for pure functionality, this new MP3 player should do the trick. That's what I was looking for, so for me it was perfect.
There is no internal memory on the Goldenseller model. Instead, it comes with a 16GB Micro SD card that can be swapped in and out.
In the Box:
This MP3 and MP4 player comes with the Micro SD card, an earphone, and USB cable in the box.
This MP4 player has a simple interface and basically allows you to lump various music into folders and listen to it randomly. It's not intuitive, so you might have to help your kids sort it out.
The included earbuds for this MP4 player were not that great, but the price is at just $20. Order some $10 earbuds to go with it and you've got a great MP3 / MP4 player for your kids at just $30. The battery lasts around 10 hours. Additional options on tis device include e-book, FM Radio, as well as play and recording options. It is not compatible with iTunes.
Overall, it's not perfect, but it's good enough for little kids and doesn't cost a fortune at around $20.
A Good Portable Speaker for Your Kids
In searching for an inexpensive MP3 player I wanted to get a portable speaker that would work through the audio jack so they could listen to it together in their rooms and move it around the house for when we all want to join in.
There's a number of speakers out there that are portable and sound great, but if you don't know what you're looking for you might end up paying for features that you simply don't need.
Kinivo ZX 100 A Good Portable Speaker Option Under $20:
At around $12 I really like the Kinivo ZX100. They're super portable and can daisy chain together if you purchase more than what. What's even better is that with even one they sound great.
Are they Loud?
Without these speakers daisy chained together, they aren't that loud. To me, this was a good thing. If you're wanting a little more volume, consider buying a couple of these or going with a more expensive model.
Overall they're probably the best value for the money you spend. If you're looking for another good option, then compare it with the X-Mini II.
A Good and Portable Budget Bluetooth Speaker Under $50
Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker
I've reviewed a few Anker products in the past and continue to be impressed by how the company's quality improves. One of my favorite products that they have right now is the Anker SoundCore.
It's a Bluetooth speaker that costs around $36 that has as good of sound quality as you'd find in models much more expensive.
For playback, it lasts around 24 hours. So, it's certainly something you can leave on all day and not worry about.
It's durable as well, so it's perfect for kids. Overall, it's great for any device that has Bluetooth connectivity.
For the cheaper devices I've listed above you can use the auxiliary port to connect directly to the MP3 player.
What MP3 Player Would Your Prefer for Your Kids?
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Overall finding a cheap MP3 player that is both durable and easy-to-use is not that difficult, and good if you have little kids. If you've found a model that you prefer or have a question about one of the models I've mentioned above, then please let others know in the comment section below.
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