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4GB MP3 and MP4 Player + FM Radio, retail $79.95 (www.wards.com...)
Manufactured by Electro Brand (http://electrobrand-usa.com)
Last updated 04-17-13

This is a portable (actually, ***VERY*** portable) multimedia player.
It can play .MP3, .WMA, .ASF, (and is advertised to play .WAV but it doesn't appear to) files {these four are most commonly used for music}, can view photographs & other static images (in .GIF, .JPG, and .BMP formats); it also has an inbuilt FM radio tuner that uses the earphone cord as the antenna and a speech recorder with two quality settings plus it can play videos in two formats (.AVM and .AMV).

It features a 1.80" diagonal (~1.40" H x ~1.15" V) color LCD; this is the usual 4:3 aspect ratio found on most "boob tube" {CRT} TV sets and outputs its audio (sound) through a standard 1/8" stereo earphone jack.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The unit came with a rather generous instructional manual.

Putting music on the player appears to be fairly straightforward -- if you're a Windows PC user anyway.
Plug the furnished cable into a USB port on your computer and into the small shielded male receptacle on the bottom of the media player.

If you use Windows XP or newer, the program "AVM Converter" ***MAY*** come up; if it does, you'll see a window that looks like this:

It may safely be ignored for the time being.
Actually, it may ignored permanently -- see one of the videos farther down this web page to learn exactly why this is the case (

Go to your Windows Start Menu, and select, "My Computer" from it.
In the window that comes up, click on the C: drive, and navigate to the subdirectory (folder) that has your music.

Go to your Windows Start Menu again, and select, "My Computer" from it once again; and select the "Removeable Drive" that wasn't there before -- that'll be this player.

Shell out to DOS, and type the following sequence:

L: {enter}
FORMAT L: {enter}

***VERY IMPORTANT!!!*** Substitute the drive letter "L" for the actual drive letter in the Media Player's window -- I use "L" here because that's the drive letter that comes up on my particular computer!!!

Type in "EXIT" at the DOS prompt.
You'll probably want to format this player once when you first receive it.
Unlike two other .MP3 players I've recently used, you need not format it just to add new songs to it.

To add song(s) to it: Left-click once anywhere blank in the first window {see example screen dump a little farther down this web page}. Highlight the file(s) that you want to add to this player -- if there are more than one, hold down the CTRL key while clicking once on each song. Or just hit CTRL-A and CTRL-C to copy all of the subdirectories in your MP3 player's dierctory (see above).

Move your cursor (mouse pointer) to the media player's window and left-click once anywhere blank in it.
Then, hold down the CTRL key and press the "V" key.

You should now see something lke this (the song I copied to my media player here was, "F-14 Tomcat Pinball Music")

(N.B. This graphic indicates drive H: -- that is because I used the same graphic for this product).

Unplug the Media Player from the USB cable.

Plug the included earphones (or any stereo earphones with an impedance of 8 to 32 with a 1/8" male stereo phone plug) into the receptacle for them on the bottom of the player.

To turn it on, slide the small switch on its upper edge toward the left. A brief "Welcome" animation should be displayed, and then a menu of choises should come up. The first item on this list will be, "Music". Press the "MENU" button on the front surface of the Media Player. The song you uploaded to the player should now be displayed. Press the "Play/Pause" button (the circular pad in the center of the button cluster) to begin playing it.

Use either of the two side buttons (double left-arrow and double right-arrow) to change the song.

To adjust the volume, press the lowermost button in the button cluster so that the "speaker" icon on its display is blinking, and then use either of the buttons to the sides (
>>| and <<|) to increase or decrease the volume.

While a song is playing, you may FFW (fast forward) or REW (rewind) it using either of the buttons to the sides (
>>| and <<|) by holding the button down for two seconds and then you can observe the song timer on the screen increment or decrement. Release the button when you've fast forwarded or rewinded to the desired portion of the song. FFW and REW act exactly as they would on cassette tape players (remember those things?).

To turn the player off (and preserve the subdirectory {folder} the current song is playing in) {actually, this also stops the song being played so that it can be restarted exactly where you left off as though you had simply paused it!}, just press & hold the circular pad in the center of the button cluster for several seconds -- the unit will then display the 'welcome' animation but with the words, "Bye bye" spinning away and then turn off. Slide the slide switch at the top of the unit toward the right to complete the shutdown process.

To turn the unit back on if you didn't turn it off with that slide switch on the top, just press & hold the circular pad in the center of the button cluster for several seconds -- the unit will then display the 'welcome' animation and then show the "Music" selection from its menu.

The 4GB MP3 and MP4 Player + FM Radio has a speech recorder and microphone built in.
Although I have not yet figured out where the mic is located, it is reasonably sensitive.

To access the speech recorder, select, "Record" from the upper menu. Press the "M" key to begin recording.

Speak some more.
Speak yet some more.
To stop the recording, press & release the circular pad in the center of the button cluster.

To save the new audio (sound) recording, press the "M" key.

The internal battery is rechargeable, so I don't have to tell you which part to remove, kick under the kitchen sink with all of those hungry cockroaches & silverfish with full bladders, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.

To charge the battery, simply plug the USB cable to the USB port and to the player itself as though you were transferring music.

It is advertised to take approx. 2½ hours to charge -- presumably the battery has pretty much gone to pot at this time for the 2.5 (2½ ) hours value.

This is a small multimedia (audio & video) player with an inbuilt radio, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a carport in effort to try and expose the bare Metalmalomyotismon - er - the bare Metalmegaseadramon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalblacktyrannomon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!), let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitties, my kitty or my sister's kitty cat piddle (uranate) on it, hose it down with my mother's gun, run over it with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (now I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. Therefore, this section of the 's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

In fact, the photographs, the spectrographic analyses, and the videos shown directly below will very probably be "it".

Photograph of the unit's display while it was waiting for input to select modes (it defaults to "music").

Photograph of the unit's screen, showing this curious white toroidal (doughnut-shaped) object -- possibly a washer -- between the display itself and its protective plastic window.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LCD of this product displaying "red".

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LCD of this product displaying "green".

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LCD of this product displaying "blue".

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LCD of this product displaying "white".

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Adventures in Creative Nostril Swallowing as played by this unit.
The song is by Worm Quartet from Rochester NY. USA.

This audio (sound) file is approximately 11.9734553473 megabytes (12,324,908 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than an hour (sixty minutes) to load at 48.0Kbps.

Video that shows the 4GB MP3 and MP4 Player playing zax from the Amiga demo, "äMPäri3" by Dekadence from 2011.

So thrilling!!
So pulse-racing!!!
Actually, it kinda makes you want to kick one of those Penal-Ware® suicide-resistant prison combys over and then proceed to "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "uh" "pare" uv" "olde" "orr" "yuzde" "boling" "shooz" doesn't it?

This video is approximately 28.8878453457 megabytes (29,591,051 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than one hundred forty four minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Video that shows the 4GB MP3 & MP4 Player playing a couple of brief videos.

The program "AVM Converter" that pops up when this player is plugged in was used to convert .AVI files into a format that this player can read.

I added, "***BE!!!***" (Bleeding Ears) to the title because the unit plays back the sound as a very foul, very loud & obnoxious screeching noise that could cause your ears to bleed. I'd highly recommend turning your computer speakers or earphones ***WAAAAAAYYYYY*** down for this video!!!

If I came over to your house one night and saw bloody Q-Tips floating in the toliet, there's a rather high probability that you watched this video recently and did not have your computer speakers or earphones turned ***WAAAAAAYYYYY*** down!

The new "Foul & discordant sounds!!!" icon will be appended to its listings on this website to denote just this -- that this web page contains a video that could cause your ears to bleed!!!

This video is approximately 10.3695425676 megabytes (10,598,249 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than fifty one minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Test unit was purchased on the Montgomery Wards website on 01-27-13, and was received on 01-30-13.

UPDATE: 02-16-13
In the section where I said that you should turn the unit back on by pressing & holding the circular pad in the center of the button cluster for several seconds -- well, I discovered that this is in fact untrue. You need only quickly press & release the pad (as though playing or pausing a song) to turn it on.

UPDATE: 02-18-13
Unlike the Apple Ipod Shuffle, you can listen to music on this product while it is charging.

UPDATE: 04-07-13
The headphone receptacle (jack) is going to pot.
I have to tape the headphone cord so that the plug is pulled slightly toward the front; the following photograph illustrates this:

If I don't, the left channel cuts out -- actually the left channel cuts out even if the plug is only slightly bumped.
To that end, I've ordered another 4GB MP3 player -- this will be the fourth one I've been though since December 2012 (<5 months).

I'm expecting to receive it on 04-11-13.

UPDATE: 04-17-13
Here is a sample audio file that demonstrates quite clearly what I hear (regarding the headphone jack eating it):

This file is 943,750 bytes in length, and was produced by plugging this MP3 player into one of my computer's audio inputs and playing the song, "Television" by Karl Bartos with this player while recording its output with Windows Recorder.

Allows you to take your music with you; not too unlike the Sony Walkman of 1979
No need to format the unit's RAM disk just to add new songs
Bright, clear display

Has a bit of a "chintzy" feel to it

Ad copy & instructional materials indicate that it can play .WAV files, but this is not the case
Videos converted using AVM Converter have a horrible, obnoxious screeching soundtrack

    MANUFACTURER: Electro Brand
    PRODUCT TYPE: MP3 (audio) + MP4 (video player) + FM radio
    LAMP TYPE: None
    No. OF LAMPS: 0
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/off; momentary pushbuttons for ctrl.
    CASE MATERIAL: Metal & plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type/capacity 3.70 volts internal rechargeable battery
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Earphones, USB charger/media transfer cable, mini CD-ROM w/ Windows 98 USB driver on it
    SIZE: 92mm L x 40mm W x 8.50mm D
    WEIGHT: 34.40g (1.210 oz.)
    WARRANTY: 90 days


    Product will not be assigned a "star" rating because it is not a light-emitter or R/C vehicle.

4GB MP3 and MP4 Player * www.wards.com...

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