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Simple Music Player
simple to use music player for Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke, arthritis and the elderly
​Pre-loaded with big band tunes. Also great for listening to audio books in MP3 format!

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Easy to use and pre-loaded with music. Lift the lid to play!

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Price: $184.95

Product Code: MC-2115

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Simple Music Player for Those with Dementia

Playing music to those with dementia vastly improves their cognizance and lucidity - the effects can be dramatic, and are widely recognized by dementia and Alzheimer's professionals. Research has confirmed the benefits of providing people who have dementia with music they remember, and to offer it in an easy-to-use way. Quality of life at home, mental well-being and independent living are just some of the benefits of having an easy to use source of music!

  • Simple to Use: lift the lid to PLAY, use the big button to SKIP, close the lid to STOP
  • Preset big band songs are included. Music is easily updated and changed over a USB cord
  • No software to install, just drag and drop your new music from your computer
  • Holds 4GB of music, nearly 1000 songs!

The Simple Music Player was designed specifically for those with dementia and has also shown great benefit to those with Autism, Stroke and for seniors. It is extremely easy to use even when a lack of dexterity is an issue. The volume is set by family members or caregivers and cannot, accidentally, be changed.

The retro styling is reminiscent of old radios and is instantly recognizable as something which plays music. It's
durable construction consists of a strong wooden enclosure with a high-strength plastic covering. The speaker grille is cloth and reinforced with a steel mesh to avoid damage to the speaker inside. Rubber feet keep the player from slipping. Wipe with a damp cloth to clean!

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Instructional Information



Three Simplified Controls to Operate

  • Start playing music - simply lift the lid
  • Skip song - (optional) press the big button
  • Stop the music - close the lid
  • The music will always continue from where it was last stopped


Anti-Tamper Volume Control

  • To adjust the volume, using a pencil or similar to press and hold one of the buttons underneath the player
  • After 5 seconds the volume will begin to increase or decrease, so it can be set to the appropriate level

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I use an Apple MAC. I've deleted some files but they still play. How do I delete them?

A. This is easy, but it has to do with how Apple works and nothing to do with the Simple Music Player or any other standard MP3 player for that matter.

How to I delete music files - for Apple users only

This is easily resolved but it’s an issue that occurs with many Apple users on many different devices and it really is a computer issue, not a Music Player one. Just by means of explanation ... the Simple Music Player looks and plays all the compatible files it finds on its internal memory regardless of which directory or folder they are in. The problem arises because Apple iOS doesn't actually delete the files when you press the 'delete' key, but creates a hidden sub-folder called '.trash' or '.trash-1000' and simply moves them into that folder. While you can't see the files, they still exist and so the music player is finding them and playing them.

To resolve the problems you have two choices:

1) empty the .trash folder. There is information how to do this at www.thexlab.com/faqs/trash.html#Anchor-Force-1148... for example.

2) (***** Preferred *****) reformat the Simple Music Player memory card (this will delete everything on the Simple Music Player) and then drag and drop the music you want back onto it again.

How to reformat? The Simple Music Player acts exactly the same as if it’s a USB stick or flash drive plugged into your machine, so formatting is just the same operation.

There are lots of tutorials on the web (again this is a 'how to operate your computer' problem) - try this one www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/storage/how-format-usb... and your problems should be solved. There's a very clear video at youtu.be/ac3jaZ7DjGg if you prefer video help.


Q. Does it work in USA/UK/Europe/Asia/Australia?

A. Units are supplied anywhere in the world. They are configured to have the correct mains adapter to suit the dispatch address on our order.

Q. How many tunes can be uploaded?

A. The internal memory is set at 4GB. Obviously the length of individual songs has an influence on the capacity. To some extent this is an academic question since most people with dementia are more than happy with a much smaller song list of say 25 to 40 tunes.

Q. Can it use headphones?

A. There is a headphone socket provided in the rear of the unit. Plugging in headphones immediately cuts out the main speaker. The socket is the light green one, the same as on your computer.

Q. Dad can't move his hands very much. Is there any way he can use it?

A. We have provided two sockets in the back panel which over-ride the ’ON/OFF’ and ’NEXT TRACK’ controls. Switches from OT suppliers are readily available but please remember this does require a higher level of cognizance to operate than many people with dementia.

Q. Does it upload from Apple devices?

A. Yes, Simple Music Players bought since June 2015 have an Apple compatible USB interface. It can handle the .m4a file format directly from iTunes (Please note that it is not an Apple device so it cannot play 'Apple protected' .m4p downloads).

Q. I do not have files in MP3 format. What do I do?

A. MP3 is a generic term for this type of player; the Simple Music Player can handle several popular file formats such as: .mp3 "MP3 format sound"; .m4a "MPEG4 Audio"; .wma "Windows Media Audio"; .aac "ADTS Audio"; and .wav "WAVE sound"

There are many free file converters which can be downloaded from the internet, which convert your music into MP3 format. Don’t be too concerned about which version of MP3 file you have, the ’Simple Music Player’ handles them all. However, for best results convert you files into mono and choose a higher bit rate (greater than 125kHz). Here is a short list of third party providers (we have no responsibility for their operation): Koyotesoft; Online-convert.com; DVDVideoSoft; and NCH Switch MP3

Q. When I use remote switches it stops when I press switch but starts when I release is again?

A. You have the main lid open. To use external or remote switches you need the lid to be in the down position.

Q. Why is the walnut version more expensive?

A. We have to use a special technique and a more expensive production process to achieve this attractive finish. The casing is vacuum formed not injection molded for the-walnut version.

Q. Do you know if/how to change the order of the songs the player plays? Does it always go back to the first song? Any way it can "shuffle?"

A. We purposely don't have a shuffle function due to our front end research. The intent of the music player is to leave it permanently plugged in so that it plays in a complete loop (and doesn't require the additional operation of plugging the power in to make it work, for the person with dementia). Generally we have found that most people with dementia only require between 25 and 40 tunes and the familiarity of the cycle is more positive than a random choice. When it is stopped by lowering the lid, it will restart from that position (i.e. not from the beginning)

Obviously as a cognizant person if you keep switching it on at the mains and it starts playing the same tune then it becomes monotonous but this isn't what we've found with people with dementia. The continual loop of familiar music is far more associative than a random shuffle facility. The requirement for 'shuffle' tends to be the desire of a fully cognizant person, not the intended user.

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Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 23 Write a review »

Music Player January 31, 2018
Reviewer: Erin Parker from mCcLEARY wA.  

Love the small radio December 13, 2017
Reviewer: Jennifer from GARY, IN United States  
It arrived on time and in good shape. It was preloaded with instrumental oldies which were nice but I removed them to my computer and purchased music on amazon prime which I think better suits my parents. It was a little tricky learning how to do it but now that it's done I know my parents will love it!

Mom is thrilled November 22, 2017
Reviewer: MarleneM from CA, United States  
We searched for something to play her music for weeks. She even remembered how to turn it on the next day - which is very unusual.

This music player is reasonably priced, was very easy to set up (for me) and has made us all very happy.

Exactly what my mother needed March 6, 2017
Reviewer: Mary Jo Mace from New York, NY United States  
I wanted to find a music player that would be easy for my mother to use. This seems to be the only one on the market that simply turns on and off. Thank you so much for making it! It's exactly what she needs.

Love this Music Player! February 12, 2017
Reviewer: Susan S. from Franklin, IN United States  
I bought this for Mom, who has trouble with knobs, buttons and changing stations, etc.  It's so simple to operate, and she loves the music from the 40's era that comes on the radio.  We downloaded all her favorites, Sinatra, Bennett, Como, Elvis and many others for her listening pleasure.  It brings back fond memories for her, and she sometimes sings along with songs she remembers.  This machine is priceless.

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