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My little girl will be 10 in February - Big brother (15) and mom (me!) have an iPod and she wants one for Christmas. She loves music and does listen to it a lot and I let her use my iPod around the house ONLY. I thought about a shuffle or an iPod mini if I could find one. Do you all think she is too young? She is a very responsible child and I wouldn't let her take it just anywhere so what do think? I will not buy her a brand new $200.00 or more iPod - I was thinking a used mini or one of the new shuffles but she would like to have the screen.

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Get her an iPod Shuffle.

I bought one for my Mom for Christmas and I played with it some (I loaded some songs on it for her) before I wrapped it up. It was very nice, but also very tiny. Be careful that your daughter doesn't lose it!

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I personally prefer the screen on them so I'd say get the Nano or Mini, Apple.com sell refurbished ones that are cheaper than buying new.

I don't think she's too young, only thing I would be careful about is that she doesn't turn up the Volume setting to loud although there will be no immediate effect prolonged use of Earphones at a high level may cause damage later in life.

Go for it, Check out Ebay aswell.

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a screen really is necessary. i think you can get nanos pretty cheap. i dont personally know your daughter but i think most people (especially younger) will probably get frustrated not knowing what song they are listening to and where to find them
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grab a nano or mini off ebay or amazon or even the apple store if you want to pay for a brand new 1.

I would get her one with a screen because then she can see which songs she is playing etc..

let us know which route you decide to take.
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of course if she want to listen to the radio you might suggest a creative or sandisk player. i love my sandisk c250 (2G, FM radio, voice recorder, and it acts as a harddrive/flashdrive for any type of files, and runs on a aaa battery). not sure why people are so hung up on ipods and itunes. sure they have a nice jog wheel, but is that and the peer pressure worth the premium?

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i had all sorts of music players (radios, tape decks, boom boxes, turntables, etc) since i was really young, at least half her age, and usually treated them pretty well, especially by her current age.
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I've just gone through the same thing... my 9 year old wanted an iPod as she's a bit of a music nut and didn't want the shuffle cos of the lack of screen so I've bought her a 2GB Nano for Christmas (good job she doesn't read the forums ), at $149 new that's not too bad if she does lose it but generally she's careful with things she likes and very computer-savy
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shuffle would be okay, but she might fuss she can't see the track listing and all..

maybe a nano from ebay like other posters have suggested. You can get it for a good price

Would she blast the volume really loud with her headphones? She is still a child growing and i'm having a doubt whether it will damager her ears or whether it is safe?

Though there is no doubt she will treasure it like gold. So it will be in good hands!

And hey, xmas is coming.. I'm sure she would love it as a present! and you will score points for being an awesome mom lol

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I found her a blue ipod mini on ebay for $50.00 - looks brand new and comes in original box with everything. Blue is her favorite color so she will be surprised on Christmas morning. She uses my iPod quite a bit around the house and knows about the volume - I have stressed that to her so by now she knows to be careful. The only thing I'm wondering about now is the headphones - The apple ones don't fit her ears very well (and don't fit mine either) - I have an expensive pair of "in ear" headphones that I love but wouldn't want to get her something expensive and don't think I want her to have the "in ear" type. Any suggestions? Thanks for the help!

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I bought my younger daughter a Shuffle when she was 9. She's a very responsible and careful kid, but even the most careful kids (and adults!) drop or lose things. A Mini has a hard drive-- something that can break. You can't break memory (unless you really try).

For what it's worth, a 10-year-old will *know* what songs are playing on his/her music player. I don't know of any 10-year-olds with more than a couple dozen songs in their playlists, so I see a screen as another unnecessary thing that could break.

All that said, it sounds like you made a good find with the Mini. My best suggestion is to get a solid case for it.

As for earphones, my suggestion would be to check out what's carried at Target or Wal-Mart. My daughter went through several pairs of headphones over the time she's had her Shuffle. You can find some very serviceable headphones for under $15 at those stores.

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Get her a refurbished nano.

Only newer iPod's with screens have the volume limit feature that lets you lock the maximum volume output to a certain level.

The older mini won't have it, neither will the shuffle...


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shuffle would be okay, but she might fuss she can't see the track listing and all..

maybe a nano from ebay like other posters have suggested. You can get it for a good price

Would she blast the volume really loud with her headphones? She is still a child growing and i'm having a doubt whether it will damager her ears or whether it is safe?

Though there is no doubt she will treasure it like gold. So it will be in good hands!

And hey, xmas is coming.. I'm sure she would love it as a present! and you will score points for being an awesome mom lol
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If you are over 20 years old, you might have had a CD player at about that age. I know my parents wondered if I was old enough to handle one of those. But really, the ipod has a pretty nifty user interface, it won't be much of a stretch for anyone who can use a microwave, tv remote, or combination lock.
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If you are over 20 years old, you might have had a CD player at about that age. I know my parents wondered if I was old enough to handle one of those. But really, the ipod has a pretty nifty user interface, it won't be much of a stretch for anyone who can use a microwave, tv remote, or combination lock.
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I didn't like the headphones i got with my ipod nano..

One my ipod nano was black and i wanted black headphones and 2..they never fit in my ear! kept coming out.. I even paid 30 and bought ipod earphones that actually had ends which would snuggly fit into your ear, didn't last and were a waste of money.

I just went to ebay and bought headphones that snugly fitted into my ear... Even though they were cheap, they were exceptional quality. Great sound, fitted perfectly and after yr, still lasts.

Here is an example..this seller is selling the exact ones i have..
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MP3-IPOD-PSP-S...QQcmdZViewItem

Though the ebayer i bought from shipped from hong kong..took 1 week, but i checked the feedback which was plenty, high ratings and was reliable.

Here's another i found

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Stereo-Necklac...QQcmdZViewItem

Blue ones that might go with the blue ipod, and it's cheap and they would fit securely in your ear. Feedback is really good too.

Just examples

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What's a CD Player, Granddad? :headphone

j/k but I agree..
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