I am the proud owner of a ZUNEÂ (more on that soon).Â However, when I purchased a Digital Audio Player (DAP) for TheWife, Zune did not yet offer a flash based player, the style she wanted for workouts and running.Â So much to my chagrin, a swallowed hard and bought her an iPod Nano.
Here we are, a year later, and now thanks to my neice having gotten an iPod from her father (my brother in law) last year, LatteGirl has begun hinting that she would like a music player of her own.Â Since LatteGirl and I have been doing walks on the days that TheWife has been doing her 5K runs, this has only increased her desires to have the ability to listen to music like mommy does during her runs.
Which brings me to the two part dilemma.Â First, TheWife and I are both feel unsure about giving a 7 year old(and a half… sorry honey) a DAP of her own.Â TheWife feels it is too indulgent at that age, I am more willing to give into it, so long as she sticks with over the head style headphones and not earbuds.Â So question one, how old is old enough for such a thing?Â And if it is OK, do we have to start her out with one of those cheesy kid style ones (i.e. Disney Tunes) or do we just go with a normal DAP?
Assuming we go with a normal DAP, that presents dilema number 2.Â Most of the music thus far that has been purchased for LatteGirl was done on TheWife’s account… meaning the ever evil iTunes. Sure we can get around that by burning the songs to disk and then ripping them back onto the computer.Â And next month (November) Zune will now be offering a Flash based DAP as well.Â My inclination of course is to stay away from anything and everything Apple.Â But I was the one that bought the Nano for TheWife to begin with, so it is really my fault she is “stuck” with it.Â So, do I go with my heart and pick a ZUNE or do I take the easy way out and go the iPod route?Â (Just another reason why DRM sucks)