4GB MP3 Player (2), retail $34.95 (www.wards.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 05-11-13

This is a portable (actually, ***VERY*** portable) MP3 (music) player.
It is a bit of a 'one trick pony' in that its only real capability appears to be playing .MP3 (audio / music files) -- not .WAV, .MOD, .MID, etc. music files.

It outputs its audio (sound) either from a small inbuilt speaker or through a standard 1/8" stereo earphone jack.

It can be used for playing .MP3 files, and it can also be used as an impromptu USB flash drive for when you can't find your USB thumb drive or when it has become broken or falls into a sink or a toliet.

The display has a resolution of 135 x 66 {8,910 total pixels} (my count of the pixels, not a value provided by the manufacturer).

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

The unit came only with this asinine "quick start" leaflet (well, not even a 'leaflet' -- it's just a single-sided sheet approximately the size of a business card!), so I kinda had to fly by the seat of my pants here.

This is the "quick start" guide. :-/

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.

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:

CD\ {enter}
FORMAT F: {enter}

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

Type in "EXIT" at the DOS prompt.
You need to format this player once when you first receive it; and possibly when the memory is full and deleting songs on it didn't free up the space and again if you want to add songs. If the latter two are the case, open the Media Player's drive in My Computer, hit CTRL-A and CTRL-C, make a subdirectory on your primary disk drive (usually the C: drive), then hit CTRL-V in the empty window ***BEFORE*** formatting the Media Player's memory.

To add song(s) to it: Left-click once anywhere 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.

When you have your song(s) selected, hold down the CTRL key and press the "C" key.

Move your cursor (mouse pointer) to the media player's window and left-click once anywhere 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")

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 right edge toward the top. A brief animation plus a brief "Welcome" message will appear, and then a graphical menu (with a musical note) should come up. Press the "MENU" button.

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

To adjust the volume, press the "VOL" button, and then use either of the buttons to its sides to increase or decrease the volume.

To neutralise it (turn it off) when you're finished, slide the small switch on its right edge toward the bottom.
You may also neutralise it by holding down the circular center pad for 3 seconds.

The internal battery is rechargeable, so I don't have to tell you which part to remove, kick into the garden crawling with hungry, hungry sphinx moth larvae (caterpillars) 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 not stated how long it takes for the battery to receive a full charge.

This is a small MP3 player with an inbuilt speaker, 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 Metalmarineangemon - er - the bare Metaltrailmon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalguardramon...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 on this web page and the spectrographic analyses & video shown directly below will very probably be "it".

Does this web page look an awful lot like the one I made for this player?
Thought you'd say so.
That's because these players are very similar, so I could use its web page as a template for this one.

Photograph of the unit's display while it was playing a song.

The "graphic equaliser" display that you see at the bottom is a simple phoney bologna decoy; it bounces around even when a blank .MP3 file is being played. It does have a use however -- it can be used to determine whether or not an .MP3 is being played at the moment you look at it which can actually be handy if your earphones are not being used or the inbuilt speaker is on but the system volume is set at a minimum level.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED backlight of this product.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED backlight of this product; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 445nm and 455nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 451.880nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED backlight of this product; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 555nm and 575nm to pinpoint phosphor peak wavelength, which is 572.640nm.

The raw spectrometer data (comma-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/42/mp3-3.txt

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video on YouTube shows the 4GB MP3 Player in action, playing a song.

O boy, an MP3 player doing what it was designed for!
So very exiting!!
So pulse-racing!!!
Actually, it kinda makes you want to kick a walltoliet off the wall and then proceed to "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "uh" "busstid" "uhmbrela" doesn't it?

That music you hear is the song, "Cyberspace " by...o cummon take a stab at it anyway! You ought to be able to get this one by now since I listen to groups like The Cars, Anthrax, Worm Quartet, Metallica, Cheap Trick, Slayer, R.E.M., Exciter, etc...


It's Karl Bartos (he was in the German electronic group Kraftwerk for at least fifteen years from 1975 to 1990!).

This video is approximately 41.7774334572 megabytes (42,335,991 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware. It will take no less than two hundred nine minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

This video shows this product in action, showing that it does not have a "memory" of its last status when the "HOLD" function is used unlike the MP3 player on this website at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/42/mp4.htm.
That background sound that you may hear is an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants playing on the boob tube. And the song I was playing on this MP3 player (which you may or may not hear) was Atomium by Karl Bartos. Watching the display of the player will clue you in to what's going on even if the music isn't audible.

This video is approximately 161.0007643465 megabytes (161,824,688 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware. It will take no less than eight hundred five minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Test unit was purchased on the Montgomery Wards website on 04-04-13, and was received at 11:19am PDT on 04-11-13.

UPDATE: 05-11-13
The USB connection (on the player itself; used to charge the battery and transfer audio files) has become flunky -- that is, the computer it is connected to doesn't "see" it and the player's screen fails to turn on to indicate battery charging is taking place unless the USB cable right near the plug on the player's side is oriented to place the weight of the player toward the front of it; then and only then does it connect and charge the player's battery.

Therefore, I have appended the dreadful, "" icon to its listings on this website, denoting that partial product failure has occurred.

Allows you to take your music with you; not too unlike the Sony Walkman of 1979.

Has a bit of a "chintzy" feel to it

No instructional materials (other than a 'quick start guide' with a single graphic on it) are furnished
Needs formatting like a disk drive to recover lost space -- deleting songs from it doesn't do the trick

    PRODUCT TYPE: MP3 (audio) player
    LAMP TYPE: Phosphor white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/off; momentary pushbuttons for ctrl.
    CASE MATERIAL: Metal & plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type/capacity internal rechargeable battery
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Earphones, USB charger/music & data transfer cable, rigid plastic storage case
    SIZE: 52.00mm L x 36.00mm W x 10.50mm D
    WEIGHT: 25.40g (0.90 oz.)
    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Unknown; though probably China
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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

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

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