The rest of our Amazon order came today, and our little tiny MP3 players have now got "skins" that make Eric's look green and mine look blue. And we have adapters to charge them through the wall or (worst case) in the car. And a little speaker system that actually doesn't sound too bad if you aren't an audiophile. It folds up and works with the car adapter so I can listen to my MP3 player in my car. (The only way I can use my car's speakers with my MP3 player is to either get a new stereo system (too expensive) or invest in an FM transmitter for my MP3 player. I may eventually go with that, but the cheapo speakers will do for now.)
Sorry for the really crappy picture, but this is what the speakers look like with my little blue Clip+ connected. I also put the wall and car chargers in the picture so you can see what they look like. The speakers came with a USB power connection, and they work with the car adapter, like I said above. It's not the best solution, but it's cheaper than either a good FM Transmitter or a new car stereo.
Now that I've had a couple of days to play with the Clip+, I'm very impressed with it. It does what it is supposed to do: plays music. It doesn't mess around with a camera or extra doodads I don't need, it just plays MP3 files: either in order or randomly. The only extra thing it has is a microphone, so I can record thoughts while on the go with it. Oh, and it's got an FM receiver, but it's very low powered and doesn't even get our local stations in, which I kind of expected. As you can see from the picture above, it's tiny. It's very light, and clips solidly onto clothing. I don't much like the earbuds that came with it, so I've been using old classic headphones I got a long time ago for a Walkman.
And with the little fold out speakers I can now annoy hubby-Eric with my music.
We got this particular one after Eric did a bunch of research to find an MP3 player that would work with his Mac and my Dell, that was cheap but not poorly made, and that we could use in our cars. Unfortunately, his Mac and his Sansa Clip+ do not work together. His computer is *just* old enough that it cannot communicate with the Clip+ (apparently because his Mac doesn't have a Pentium chip?). This means that for him to enjoy his MP3 player right now, I have to put stuff on it with my Dell. This was a big disappointment for Eric and makes replacing his ancient Mac much more a priority for us.
But I'm happy with it, and plan on getting some use out of it until the non-removable batteries won't hold a charge and it's time to get the next generation of MP3 player.