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If you've entertained the notion of getting a senior family member a music player at a reasonable price for Christmas, you've probably discovered that the physical dimensions of these devices are somewhat lacking in choice. Your choices are either small or micro small. Most of them are about the size of a pack of bubble gum, making it very hard to grip in one hand and navigate between tracks with your thumb. The size of the buttons is so small that you end up having trouble pressing the buttons. Let's face it, micro size music players are a hassle for most adults. Some people prefer the tactile operation of their gadgets for a number of reasons, but the most important one is for seniors. My father is in his late seventies, he likes to listen to talk shows on the radio, and I planned on downloading some educational ones that could be played repeatedly without having to use YouTube and have an internet connection. I want it to be easy for him to listen to these talk shows and at the same time be able to listen to some music. I don't want him to have trouble working the device since he has big hands and is getting older. I'd like the device to work with him and not against him during the years to come.

With this in mind, I started the search for music players under $100.00 that would be large enough to actually fit in the hand of an adult and be usable. The basic consumer grade players were just too small, with dimensions like 3.0in x 1.5in x 0.3in. Because of this, I started looking at professional digital audio players that had a larger footprint and were portable for around the same price. Obviously, they are more expensive but I think that the price difference will be worth it due to the features, readability, and size difference. Here is what I found:



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