mp3 players

Can I Use a Prepaid Cellphone as an MP3 Player?

doubleTwist

Episode 1574

David from Brooklyn, NY

David hears that he can turn an old cell phone into an MP3 player. Can he use a cheap prepaid cellular smartphone? Leo says that will work, but he wants to be sure it has enough storage. Most cheap smartphones don't' have more than 16GB. Getting one that has a microSD card slot would also work because he can put one in with all his music and use it that way. Leo also recommends using doubleTwist to play music. From the chatroom - ZTE phones are $8 at Best Buy!

FIIO is one of the last "iPod-ish" companies, and they make great mp3 players.

What MP3 player should I buy?

iPod Touch

Episode 1546

Charles from Whittier, CA

Charles' CD player is dying, so he's thinking of getting an MP3 player. Leo says that physical media is fading away and going digital is a good idea. He can take all the CDs he owns and "rip" them into an mp3 format. But it's likely that everything he owns and wants to listen to are available now using music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, or Apple Music. They're around $10 a month or $15 for a family plan.

Why doesn't my MP3 player connect to my car stereo?

CarPlay in the 2018 Honda CR-V

Episode 1502

Jim from Lakewood, CO

Jim just got a new Honda and he can't get his MP3 player to pair with it via Bluetooth. Leo says that if he can connect his phone via Bluetooth, then it supports Honda's version of the A2DP standard. The question is, does that MP3 player support it? It may be that Honda doesn't properly implement A2DP. Most cars will pair with an A2DP standard, and if his MP3 player supports it, then it should. But since that car has Apple CarPlay, he can always use his phone to stream music.

Can I still buy an mp3 player?

FiiO X1

Episode 1470

Pete from Clinton Township, NJ

Pete is looking for an MP3 player because he doesn't know how to copy music to his Android phone. Leo says not many mp3 players are made these days. He can copy files on an Android phone by simply dragging and dropping when his phone is in transfer mode. It's called MTP mode. The phone will show up as a drive on his desktop and then he can drag and drop into the music folder of the phone.

Can I still buy an MP3 player?

FiiO X1 High Resolution Lossless Music Player

Episode 1443

Martin from Rancho Cuca Monga

Martin wants to know if he can still buy MP3 players. He wants to bring his music with him and doesn't want to stream it. He also doesn't have a lot of storage on his phone. Leo says that there are still some available, though the category is shrinking. SanDisk has the Clip, which has 16GB of space. It's around $30 and is very simple. Search Amazon and he'll find a lot of them, mostly Chinese made.

How can I connect my old iPod to my stereo?

minijack to RCA jack adapter

Episode 1373

Rene from Los Angeles, CA

Rene has an old video iPod and she has a lot of music on it. How can she play it on her stereo? Leo says she'll need a minijack to RCA jack adapter. She may also get a 30 pin dock that can work with it as well. More modern devices use wireless, but since her old iPod doesn't support that, she's stuck with doing it the old fashioned way.

At 7 years old, Rene may want to be sure to back that music up, because sooner or later it will die. So she should make sure she backs it up.

Will Apple ever update the iPod Touch?

Apple iPod Touch

Episode 1168

David from Hollywood, CA

David has an old iPod running iOS 6. Will there be a new iPod coming soon? Leo does think so. He thinks that Apple is pretty much ending development of the iPod since so many are buying iPhones now.

David could still buy an iPhone and just not activate it. Leo suggests going to Gazelle and buying a used, unactivated iPhone 5 or 5S. Then he'll be able to run iOS 8, just like an iPod. Leo says another option is T-Mobile's unlimited texting and data plan that costs $30 a month and has about 100 minutes of talk time.