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Subject: Want recommendation for a Good CD audiobook player
Date Posted: 8/14/2009 3:22 PM ET
Member Since: 6/9/2007
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I'm looking for a good CD PORTABLE audio player.  I'd like to get one to clip on my belt like my cassette audio player does, but I haven't seen that on the ones in the store so far.  Does anyone know if they have something like that or do you put the CD player into a fanny pack?  I like to listen to audiobooks when I walk, do housework, garden or other "mobile" work.  Hence the need for it to be "portable".  Most seem to come with anti-skip which is important since I'd be moving when listening.

Any suggestions of both "good ones" and "bad ones" to help me decide what to buy. The brand name and anything else to look for or look out for.  Some brands have more than one model and you'd assume that the more expensive one is better, then again it might not make a difference.

Thanks in advance to all you great PBS folks!


Date Posted: 8/15/2009 6:18 PM ET
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Does it have to be a CD player, or can you load the discs to your iPod or MP3 player? 

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 6:00 PM ET
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Hi, Debbie -

I've traded with you in the past. 

I bought an inexpensive RCA brand "personal" CD player at Walmart for about $20 and that's what I use most of the time when I'm walking.  It didn't, however, come with a belt clip as I've noticed some of the costlier ones do, but, since I sew, I just made a sufficient-size pocket with a tunnel loop top and slid a fanny pack belt into the loop, put the player in the pocket,  and that works great for me.  But you could also put it in a fanny pack if you can find one the right size.

Also, some time after I had bought this CD player, I started accepting a few MP-3 CD's.  I can play those in my car and also in my computer, but I didn't want to download them to my MP-3 player to make them portable for walking, etc.,  so I went back to Walmart and bought a Phillips brand MP-3 CD player which is the same size as my  "personal" CD player.  Well, I should have bought the MP-3 CD player FIRST because it plays both MP-3 CD's and regular CD's.  This one player would have worked for both formats if only I had bought it first.  And it was about $30.  You might want to consider getting one that will play both formats.

Both units claim to have anti-skip features, but they both do skip occasionally.  Maybe the more expensive ones do not; but the skips that do occasionally occur are not bad so I can live with that.

Hope this information can help you.


Date Posted: 8/18/2009 4:31 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies.  I don't have an MP3 or IPod, Sharon.  I need to get with the times, I know. But at least I'm moving somewhat away from cassettes to CD's.

Thanks Jan(I remember ya) for the great review and the chance to know the difference in players and buy the "dual" player. That is great.  I don't mind spending a little extra on better quality but if it isn't necessary, why should we, right?  We can use the $'s for mailing PBS books instead.  hahaha

The library system gives a person the ability to download an audiobook onto a computer to listen or onto an MP3 player.  I wonder if a person could download it onto their computer to burn to a CD and then put the CD into the player?  I might have to get a 10 year old kid to show me how. The library rentals are good for one week and then they "disappear" off your computer.  I mostly do that at work and just download tracks and listen on headphones.