MP3 and Digital Book Players


It seems like all of teenager has an MP3 player, can be an iPod. You may be wondering which digital book is right for your kid who is blind or visually impaired. This report will help you decide.

Apple’s iPod is exactly the most famous product in the category of devices mentioned to as either MP3 players or portable audio players. There are off-the-shelf players and players that are created specifically for people who are blind or visually impaired.

With the line of Apple iPods, other off-the-shelf players consist of the Creative line of players, the Microsoft Zune, the Sony Walkman and E Reader, the Amazon Kindle, and others. Players that are created specifically to be available to users who are blind consisting of the Book Courier and the Victor Reader Stream.


Listening to Digital Books

Digital books are also a large role of the digital audio innovation. Many blind users are familiar with the large, bulky Talking Book cassette players accessible free from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS.) In the following several years, NLS will start replacing these large cassette machines with specially created, proprietary digital audio players.

Here is a brief look at both off-the-shelf players and commercially-accessible players created for users who are visually impaired.


The New iPod 4th Generation

The interesting news about the iPod 4th Generation is that Apple has created it to be available to users with visual impairments. It has speech output for accessing nearly all its menus and functions and speaks the names of all your songs and other content that you load onto it. The iPod is priced at $149.99 for the 8 GB model or $199.99 for the 16 GB model.

Even though the player’s voice is not enabled out of the box, it is automatically enabled as your child connects it to a PC and goes through the initial setup process. The voice will also spend the speech settings that your child spends for his screen reader, including speed and pitch. However, you cannot adjust these settings on the iPod. To alter the speech settings, you first have to turn off the voice spending the player’s lists, next change the voice to your connecting to the computer, and finally reconnect the player to the PC to reload the audio files with your new settings.