Homemade music player

Sadly, this pocket mp3 wav player doesn’t come close to the capabilities of even an iPod generation 1 yet, but you have to give [Owen] props for making it in less than 24 hours. The system consists of a Propeller MCU (cleverly wired to be swappable with “shields” similar to Arduino systems), SD card for song storage, and an LM386 for audio. While the setup is a little dull, and only plays through songs non stop with no controls whatsoever, it certainly is a good start in the right direction for a cheap and simple portable music player. Of course some planned changes are in the works, include an accelerometer (gesture based controls?), etched PCB, docking station, and a case. We’re surprised there is no form of screen planned, considering Owen appears to have a rather good handle on touch interfaces; perhaps he’s waiting for revision 3.

20 thoughts on “Homemade music player

  1. While not the most technically advanced it is still very cool.I can imagine a a quick flip of the wrist to skip to the next song…or fast forward hat sounds really cool.Nice job!

  2. It actually reflects how lazy and consumer people are that one wasnt made years ago that had modern features(and wasn’t a $80 kit)..

  3. wow, if he took the small surface mount propeller, surface mount lm368, some small buttons, a microsd card,and a small lipoly battery, he could have a ipod shuffle.

    i would like to see a small display, maybe one from a cellphone. That would make the thing absolutely awesome.

  4. Impressive for making it with parts laying around, sometimes those are the most interesting and fun builds, like the thing I stuck in my fridge that after 5 seconds of closing the door you can hear “*bang *bang* *bang* excuse me, excuse me, excuse me! Can you let me out of here?!”, made from a silly electronic toy + Picaxe + LDR.

    But if you’re looking for an SD mp3 player that can be fully controlled with a microcontroller through TTL serial, this unit is somewhat amazing, especially considering it’s only $10+postage:

    http://www.mdfly.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_53&products_id=284

    It can handle 32mb to 8gb SD/SDHC cards, and cope with almost 3000 mp3 files that can be individually selected through the TTL serial connection.
    You’ll need to run a freeware program called DriveSort to make the files on the SD card in the correct alphabetical order within the FAT, you don’t need to name them 001.mp3 002.mp3 etc. you can use real names, but adding 001 etc. to the beginning of them helps.
    Proper, full datasheet for the unit is here: http://www.thaieasyelec.net/archives/Manual/TDB380%20datasheet%20V2%5B1%5D.0%20.pdf

    I bought 5 of em :)

  5. There are a great variety of write-ups (and in many cases, complete schematics, parts lists, and code) for sub-$40 MP3 players on the internet. This one might be nice for a music-on-hold system, since you are just looping the same track over and over. I can’t think of anything else it would be useful for, due to the crippling size of .wav files? Maybe you could use it to play sound effects inside a Halloween pumpkin? :D

  6. I created a commercial WAV player using the Propeller that has been a huge hit with our customer base. The great thing about using the Propeller is that it’s easy to customize; our product even allows users to upload new firmware from the SD card which makes product improvements a breeze.

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