Tech For Kids: Mighty Music Player

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I don’t remember how old I was when I got my first Walkman, but I remember everything about it. I got it along with three cassette tapes: Beach Boys – Endless Summer, Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love (single), and C+C Music Factory – Things That Make You Go Hmm (single). What a great collection.

My kids are getting old enough that I want to give them the same gift of music and control over what they listen to, but I wasn’t sure how to do it in the age of no-physical-media without also giving them access to all kinds of music that might not be appropriate for kids. (In other words, I didn’t want to given them access to all of Spotify.) However, it also feels silly to invest in something like a CD player and all the things needed to provide music on CDs.

The Mighty music player is exactly what I was looking for. It lets me select which playlists to sync to the device, and play all the songs offline. So I’m able to put music from Frozen 2, Tangled, The Descendants, and Weezer (my daughter’s favorite) all on the device, and she has all the freedom to play her own music. She uses it all the time.

You use the Mighty app to sync to your Amazon Music or Spotify account (subscriptions required) and choose which playlists to transfer. The device is then connected to your phone via Bluetooth to transfer data. The experience of syncing music wasn’t great. It would hang or stall a lot, and I needed to restart it. But once I got it set up, it was exactly what I wanted.

Once synced, the songs are good for offline play for a month at which point you need to re-sync the device. I’ve only done this once so far, and the experience was similar to that first sync. It stalled once, and I needed to restart, but once it was done we were back to good.

Despite the sync problems and frustrations I’ve had with the app, the device itself is really awesome. It holds something like 1000 songs, and having all of Spotify’s library to choose from is pretty incredible. My daughter loves it!

Adam’s Favorite Things: Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard

If you’re in the market for a new keyboard, I highly recommend checking out Logitech’s K750 Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard. I bought this keyboard a few months ago, and I absolutely love it!

Logitech K750
(Available at Amazon.com.)

I’d had wireless keyboards in the past and didn’t care for them because I needed to change the batteries so frequently. I definitely wasn’t looking for a wireless keyboard while I was shopping around, but I was intrigued by the idea of solar power when I stumbled upon this. There was some skepticism about how well it would work or what quantity of light would be necessary to keep it going, but I haven’t had a single issue with it. In fact, even on the day I got it, I used it in my dimly lit living room for the entire day without having to charge it.

It’s a very sexy piece of hardware, with its very low profile–similar in thickness to a smartphone–and a shiny black finish. The keys feel more like a laptop keyboard than a “normal” keyboard, so that may turn some people off. There is a light-source button you can press to have the keyboard indicate to you whether it’s getting enough light or not. It’s also important to note that it doesn’t need sunlight to charge; it will charge from any standard lamp. The range on it seems decent, too, though I have not done any sort of testing with that.

Need a keyboard? Check it out!