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Wednesday
Feb222017

Badge/Pin/Button? MP3 Album √

After last week's elaborate 30 minute video about a forgotten format - this week's video is more of an amuse bouche or perhaps a pallet cleansing sorbet between larger courses. 

It's an album in a badge - something you could have bought as recently as three years ago, but you didn't and that's why it's here. 

When I uploaded the video, they could be found on ebay here - but the opportunity to buy a 2GB mp3 player for $5 has become a lot more popular since the release of the video and they'd all sold out the last time I checked. 

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Reader Comments (6)

Great demo album & top video again!

February 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermax

Oh no, you've single-handedly caused a run on the MP3 button/badge market. Expect your front door to be kicked down in the small hours by the Provisional Wing of the Financial Conduct Authority. Or maybe they'll just send you a snotty e-mail. A shame they're all sold out because I would have loved to get one for my teenage daughter - these MP3 badges are so uncool, they're seriously cool. Great video as always, thank you!

February 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Hi Matt, I finally managed to get one of these for my daughter who is at Uni - she is THRILLED - literally no-one else will have one and exclusivity counts well above utility or audio quality in the hierarchy of coolness, apparently. Many thanks for the video and for enabling me (a 50 something) to find something a 19 year old finds cool! Keep up the good work...

March 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

I imagine it's not easy keeping up with modern trends...fortunately I can just be an out of touch old nutter without worrying.

March 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

So when the button/badge is pinned to your lapel, how easy is it to access the controls? I would imagine not very. Not only is it high on one's chest (where most people wear buttons), but the pin likely keeps it close to the vest (NPI), meaning that teenage girls with small fingers will likely have a much easier time than middle aged men with larger digits.

Placing the PP/REW/FF controls on the top edge (much like the headphone jack is located on the bottom edge) would have made far more sense, I would think.

March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKoltrane

In the short while I used it. I had no issues...badges are pivoted in the middle. The buttons were at the top. Reach up with the right hand and press with a thumb. If you've got the dexterity to pull something out of your top shirt pocket, you can operate this.

March 20, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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