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There is always some music company executive complaining that CD sales are way, way down, and then blame internet downloading for that fact.

I have no doubt that is true, and yet I’ve never seen anyone address the reason why I no longer buy CDs: Purchasing a CD player that lasts any longer than two months is proving to be impossible.

Last year, I bought a no-name CD player from Fry’s Electronics, which lasted – two months. I then bought a brand name CD player from Circuit City – again, it lasted two months.

I gave up on CD players at that point and have been busy copying my CD collection into my computer. Now,I am behind the times when it comes to tech...! Therefore, do any of you know if the following exists?

I would like to put all those music files on my computer onto some portable device that I can play like a radio. Preferably one that will work longer than two months!

My requirement: I hate earphones, I hate earbuds, I hate anything that interferes with my hearing. I do not want to be tethered to something I have to carry around with me. I just want something I can put on a shelf and play and listen to no matter where I am in the room/house at the time.

Does such a thing exist? I see tons of ads for iPods, etc., but they sure do seem to focus on the headphone thing.

Any suggestions?

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You can hook typical loud speakers for computers to all of those mp3 players, using the headphone entry as connection. HTH.
Thanks for the advice! I'm going to check into mp3 players and see what is available. I already have an extra set of computer loudspeakers, gathering dust, so that part is already taken care of. :-)
There are specific speakers for ipod that range in price from the ones at Target (which I have, they are useable but not the greatest quality) to expensive Bose speakers which I assume sound much better. The ones I have also run on battery so theoretically you could use them in the car. For car listening, I did originally buy the thing to tune the ipod into your car radio, but it doesn't work well in my area. I heard that some auto manufacterers (Honda) are installing ipod hookups in their new models and I intend to ask at my Honda dealership if I can have one installed aftermarket.
Thanks for your advice! I'm glad to see there are practical solutions to my question.

follow up on car hookup for ipod.

ccording to Honda, any 2006 or above model can either be purchased with aqn ipod hookup or have it added aftermarket. Any earlier year (like mine) cannot. There are things that plug into the radio antenna that you can get, so I'll check it out. They said try Best Buy or Circuit City.
No, unfortunately. My mom has complained of the same thing; I thought it was just her. Sure hope my twenty year old Fisher doesn't decide to give up the ghost anytime soon.
Treat that twenty year old Fisher very well...! No, it's not just your mom. Prior to the two CD players that lasted two months each, I had two others which lasted about six months each. That's four CD players in two years, which is ridiculous. I hope MP3/ipod players are sturdier, because that's the route I plan to go.
My big complaint is the price of CDs. They cost, what? 30 cents to make? And then they charge me 15 dollars? If a CD was five dollars or even eight, I'd buy a bunch more of them. But I'm not going to pay 15 dollars just because I like one song on what might be a crappy CD, you know?
Actually, the music companies haven't made any money on me in years, because I absolutely refuse to pay those prices. I've bought almost all my CDs used, either through half.com, or at music stores in their used section. Because you are so right - sometimes there's only one song on the CD worth listening to, and that is certainly not worth any $15.00...

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Thanks for the link. I enjoyed reading this, and loved the
new name' for my zine...!