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Old 08-24-2021, 09:57 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by JSWolf View Post
With an Amazon Alexa, you can use bluetooth headphones.
Also with Alexa Amazon can record everything!
Issues of privacy and maybe even copyright.

I think Echo is a terrible solution. Does it work much when your internet fails? Or during a power cut? Or camping? Commuting or jogging.

Transcribe the MP3 /AAX etc to C90 tapes. Good enough for audio books. Less items than CD (90 min vs 74 min). Longer battery life than CD. Portable players with easy to use by feel buttons are still made (avoid ones with USB out for "digitising" as any 30 yo HiFi cassette plugged into line in on PC or stereo mic in on some tablets is better for old tapes to WAV, The USB is usually no use to put stuff ON the tapes).

Also tapes remember where you are when you stop in the middle of a chapter or put them in a different machine.

I'm putting audio books on cassette as well as Audible and SD cards. Handy for blind people (or partially due to cataracts or macular degeneration; a friend has both).

There is no doubt that phones with decent audio players don't have buttons, or at the most volume.

There are still some dedicated media players with buttons, but most seem about x4 overpriced and poor ergonomics.
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