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Looking for an Mp3 Player

I'm in the market for an mp3 player to transfer my large Cd collection onto and listen to music on the go. Many of my friends have mp3s and find them quight usefull and enjoyable. However, I'm totally blind and I know that most of the popular players are very visual and not exactly accessible to people like me. Does anyone know of an mp3 player that is similar to the ones on the market today but that would be accessible for totally blind users? Thanks. Hope you can help.

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hello,

new smartphones provide multiple apps for visually impaired persons.

Here a free app for android smartphones. In a future release this app will also support reading aloud files and web sites.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.andblind...

If you have suggestions or change requests just post them here or on the developer web site.

Ron


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I know of a talking Mp3 player that would be perfect for your uses. There is a small business Accessible Electronics, the website is http://TalkingMp3Players.com . The owner of the site is blind and he adapts Sandisk Sansa Mp3 Players so they are accessible for the visually impaired. He has them from 4gb up to to 8gb and they have microSDHC slots so you can expand the memory using a 16gb card, for example. Anyway they are great, they speak the menus and files, it plays all sorts of formats: Mp3, OGG etc... It has a radio too and you can even record with it. The lowest price player is $65.99 too.


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PS to my previous: if you shop around you might find a bargain - when I first saw these, they were over £90, so I looked around and got them for £15 on eBay!


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These ones do for me!

These are a sports headphone mp3 player - not designed for visually impaired people, but they work perfectly.

the controls are built in to one of the headphones, so even a sighted person has to use touch to work them. as it's totally self-contained, there are no dangling wires to get in the way. it just takes a bit of practice to locate the right button by touch (*s* but at least it puts sighted people on our level!)

Simple controls: on/off/pause, volume up/skip to next track, volume down/skip to previous track, and a USB socket for recharging the built-in battery via a PC. each function needs a different length of button-press - there are times I've skipped tracks when I wanted to change the volume! but that's practice.

it has a 1-gb memory, and is loaded via the USB cable. it can take most formats, so it can be used to transfer files, but will only play audio tracks.

it plays for up to eight hours and takes about three to recharge. it uses flashing lights to tell you when it's fully charged - this is the only time when vision is needed - but if you leave it on for several hours you can assume that it will be fully charged.

Mine also as an "equaliser" on the same headphone and has radio on the other side, but i've never bothered with those: the music player is what I wanted, and what I've got.

And, as it's not a dedicated "blind" appliance, the price might be cheper because it sells to a wider market.

here's a link to one site - there are stacks of others, but this one seems to give a good all-round explanation.

http://www.pdhsports.com/products/Mi-sport-Mp3-Wat...

the only snag with this is that you have to have a PC to load and to recharge; i've been looking for a mains charger but not found one so far, apart from that, it's excellent.


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AIFB( AUDIO INDEX FOR BLIND) is a project for blind person all over the world, maybe you can find some idea about MP3 Player for the Blind or Visually Impaired from it's site: www.i-mang.org
xubing from Beijing


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A free program for navigating mp3 audiobook collections using a simple 3x4 keypad is available at http://systemw.org


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I am visually impaired and have found the best mp3 player for the blind. The cool thing is that this player was not even specifically designed to be accessible for the blind. It is accessible due to the fact that it has no screen. The Creative Zensstone player (1 GB model) can store up to 1 Gig and only costs about $40. It does not require any extra software or scripts. It is USB drag and drop which makes it as easy to use as possible. The sound is excellent and with this player you can create folders for different types of music and audio books, for example. An added bonus, especially for those who listen to audio books is the feature that starts the player where you left off even after it has powered down.


For essential details about the best mp3 player for the blind go to www.stacybleeks.com/accessibility


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I thought I'd do a fairly quick online search for an accessible MP3 player for my partner. Without exhaustive searching and without having tried out anything, I am game to order the Sansa Shaker for the price ($40 for 1GB), simple user friendly design (actually designed for kids), and I think it physically looks fun to the viewer. I expect limitations (e.g., 1 GB memory size, no voice recording, no FM Radio, no bookmarking, maybe lower audio quality, etc.) But, heck, for 40 bucks, I'm going to give it a whirl, and like the other contributor trying it out for his Grandmother, I'll let you know what my partner thinks. I'm in Canada and found it's available at Tiger Direct (CA and USA), as well as other mainstream stores (e.g., Best Buy) and the Sansa Online Store. Just search "Sansa Shaker" online and you should be able to find your preferred (and most accessible) vendor. (In the mean time I have my name into the VI Player folks http://www.viplayer.co.uk/home.asp . It looks like the best design so far, but is over $350 when I convert Pounds to Canadian Dollar. Though it appears worth the money, it may not be readily available yet.)


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Hello my name is Sebastian Garber and am designing a MP3 player for the blind in my Industrial Design class at Western Washington. This forum has been very helpful in seeing what is needed in such a unit. I would like to inform everyone that I am in the process of design and gladly will take insight. Once it is all done i can send you the finish product (not the product but the design) and hope that it will be produced one day. Thankyou-Sebastian


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HumanWare has a new MP3 book machine called the Victor Stream. It uses SD Memory Cards and can be used as an MP3 Player, DAISY book reader, voice recorder and E-book reader. It does cost about $400 CDN. It is another option and it is completely self-voicing.


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One thing I might suggest and that is this. Using a MP3 Player that uses MP3 discs. When burning a disc for a blind/visually impaired or technological impaired person is this. Burn an MP3 track listing the contents audibly. When doing this and then putting it on a MP3 disc, name the file something like 000intro.mp3 as most MP3 players will go with the alphabetical listing. Especially if the MP3 disc is burned using a Windows related softwarre. The blind person/visually impaired or technologically impaired person can then just hit the next or previous button found on most MP3 players.


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I read the replies posted here, and also did more looking online for a good mp3 player (for playing audio books) with controls that would be easy for a recently sightless person, my 85 y.o. grandmother, to use. She is not adapting well to her sudden loss of sight, and doesn't have very good fingertip sensitivity. After much searching I found and purchased a Sandisk Sansa m240 1GB player. There is a large area touch-button that we can put a small piece of adhesive velcro on for her to find the play/pause. It also resumes where last stopped or paused, even if the unit is powered off and on again, which is wonderful. The best thing is that I found this online at Frys.com for only 29.00.

I'll post again after I give it to my grandmother and get her feedback.


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Check out the one they are offering today on www.Looop.biz! Its a player and a recorder and has 160 GB internal memory! A great make also!
www.Looop.biz


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Check out this article from AccessWorld, AFB's free online technology magazine in which they review an accessible MP3 player http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw070505...


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for my instructions on How To Put Audio Books on an iPod for Blind iPod Users visit my website at www.graytooth.com

thanks,

jason


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Hello. I have had great luck with Creative Muvos . . . both have the FM and the recording capabilities -- though these can mess us up.. I forgot to mention that I, too, am totally blind. And I've heard good things about the RCA Lyra and the Rio Carbon. And I have just ordered -- cheaply, I might add -- a Creative Mix 512mb player that mimics the Ipod Shuffle. No screen. Will report once I recieve it and have tried it out. As for the Muvos with the recording and FM capabilities -- I needed a few minutes of initial set up when I got them, and have only once needed my wife to get me out of menu selection I didn't want to make. I've had one of those Muvos working for me since Nov 2004. Had to rig my battery case because it broke, and the buttons are small. But otherwise, I'm very happy. Hence my third purchase. Sean Toner


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My son who is totally blind uses an iPod shuffle with great success. We had to buy the scripts from Brian Hartgen to make iTunes accessible with Jaws. He still prefers Winamp for listening on the computer, but iTunes works for loading the ipod and I give him a monthly allowance on the music store. Unfortunately the shuffle is the only ipod that is really usable for totally blind users, but the Bookport can take up to a 2 Gigabyte compact flash card, which would hold about 700 songs, and it has a voice interface. More expensive though, even after the cost of the Jaws scripts for iTunes. The Bookport is also much bulkier, which is why he tends to prefer the iPod. Finally of course you can use a Pacmate with a 2Gigabyte or larger memory card, and have the full Jaws interface.


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Selwyn,
I love your idea about the app for the ipod. my 9 year old who's blind has an ipod shuffle. i download books from audible.com and he has about 15 on there right now. he LOVES it. I'd love to get him an mp3 player, tho, that has voice commands so he can control it better. I went to the apple store last night and got nowhere and am now searching the internet for something. please keep in touch if you guys come up with anything. you can reach me at ntomaro at comcast dot net.

thank you!

n


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Hi, my daughter is totally blind. I run a small technology company. If there is not a satisfactory mp3 player for her then we would like to prototype one. She loves listening to films and music at night, at the moment at the moment she uses the remote control of a dvd player which is far from easy and intuitive for her. All we want is an mp3 player which can read out loud the titles of folders and the titles of items in folders. Would anybody else have any other core requirements? A wish list? We are thinking of writing an application for the ipod as some bright sparks have released a version of linux for the ipod.
Selwyn


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I found a great MP3 player at Radio Shack. It's an RCA and has controls that are easy to find and use. There is a screen, but I just ignore it. I don't find I can use the shuffle and repeat functions, but I can play, go back, go forward, and stop.

Files are easy to copy into it too. The MP3 player I used to have had special software that was hard (almost impossible) to use. This one uses Windows Explorer, and I just copy and paste from my hard drive to the player, which Windows Explorer sees as my "E" drive. I can also delete songs from the MP3 player as if it were a hard drive.


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Some commercial MP3 players can be used by people who are blind. You need to find a salesperson who is willing to explain the controls. Another option is the Book Port from American Printing House for the Blind (aph.org) or the BookCourier from Springer Design (www.bookcourier.com.) They both play MP3 files as well as text files. The Book Port plays Word, HTML, and RTF files also. They both cost almost $400, but you can read books and listen to music on a hand-held device.


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