Or a second hand phone from previous years - reduce waste too.

@rootfs I got an mp3 player back in 2011 for £20 and it is still going strong.

It only plays music, no app, no Android. Batteries last, and the only thing that is mildly annoying is having to plug it into the PC to copy the music.

Since then I've replaced it with my phone mostly because of podcasts. But I could be creative and make that work as well.

@reidrac I've actually got an iPod somewhere that I could do with recharging. The only issue is that to add music onto it, I'll need to use the Music app on mac which... oof

@rootfs I should go back to use that little player. It doesn't have bluetooth, but I don't use it when I go out (my bluetooth headphones are too large).

I guess we all did some consolidation moving activities to our smartphones, that ironically stopped to be phones to be only "smart" devices.

@reidrac That's pretty much the thing stopping me from using old mp3 players - the lack of bluetooth headphone support.

Don't get me wrong, I think BT headphones are pretty much a waste of money if you already have wired ones, but I have noise cancelling ones and they are just too good at their job to let go.

@rootfs I once bought a Sony Phone largely for playing music as it was the cheapest way of getting a decent capacity Hi-Res music player. (I believe the Sony Walkmans are also Hi Res) I don’t think I’d do it again though. The source material needs to be Hi-Res as do the headphones plus the upscaling eats through batteries. A hi res music streaming app now gives me the quality I need.

@masterofsorrow Ah that's a great point. I don't think I think I have Hi-Res headphones, but that's it. I just wanted to have a separate device where I can just listen to music independently from my phone. Can't be bothered with that faff.


I had bought one 2nd hand from Cex, as I am a sucker for Sony Walkmans.. Lovely thing for sure

Sadly the battery life was utterly pants, & It had a habit of never being charged when I needed it.Battery would wipe itself out unexplainably? Might just have been mine though.

Sent it back and got a Hiby

@Skeewiff I heard the exact same thng about battery issues on the Amazon page, that really worried me. It seems like Sony didn't even think to try and optimise the OS for standby time and/or didn't put a bigger battery in.

What a shame. I'll look into a Hiby!

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