Let’s talk about the three basic considerations for choosing the best mp3 player for your family. These are cost, storage and functionality. It is difficult to separate cost from your storage needs and the functionality that will fit your family. Prices range from $30 to $400. What can your family afford? How much money could you save towards this purchase if increased functionality is important to you?
Storage can be divided into two considerations: storage amount, and storage type. Storage amounts range from 512 Megabytes to 160 Gigabytes. The more storage space you have, the more audio files you can keep on your mp3 player at any given moment. Some families like to keep most of their audio files stored on the hard drive of the computer, and then load small amounts of new material to the mp3 player each week. Other families prefer to load everything they own onto the mp3 player and carry maximum amounts of flexibility. This is probably based on personality. The free podcasts available can take up huge amounts of storage space if you do not cull out the ones you have already enjoyed. Storage type is important for durability. Some mp3 players are designed to take the added jarring caused by heavy exercise such as running. Many mp3 players are not designed to hold up to this type of usage. Do you anticipate members of your family using the mp3 player for personal listening during exercise? [Read more…] about Choosing The Best Mp3 Player for your Homeschool by Amy Blevins