My stepdaughter mentioned wanting a MP3 player for Christmas this year. I've been doing a bit of research and am coming up somewhat empty-handed. I don't want to get her an iPod, mainly because I'm too cheap to buy something that nice for a 12-year-old. Maybe when she gets a little older, but not right now. Her great uncle gave her an iPod shuffle and she broke it within a month or so. She's not going to be super picky about sound quality, but I'd prefer something that won't sound like complete crud. If anyone has some suggestions, here are my main criteria. I figured there are a lot of techno-geeks on here that can help me with their own personal experiences.
- Durable. This kid is hard on stuff.
- Ability to decide what song(s) to play. I wouldn't be surprised if she killed the shuffle due to this.
- Economical. If she drops it in a sink or whatever, I don't want to be bemoaning the fact that she just killed a pricey piece of equipment.
- User-friendly. She's pretty good with electronics, but I'm not sure how she'd be at complicated downloading.