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All The Music Without the Work: slotRadio Player

slotradio-hi-resI am a music fanatic in a big way. It is rare that you will come into my home and music will not be playing and my car is never silent. I love my iPod, I am a huge fan of Pandora, and I blip my little heart out on Twitter.

Here is my other confession…I hate downloading music or anything that requires a lot of work. I wish songs would magically appear on my iPod so I didn’t have to put them on. That is why I was very excited to try the new slotRadio player and see what it was all about.

The slotRadio player is a little thicker than the iPod, but shorter. It has a screen that tells you what type of station you are on and comes with a little earbud set that is (gasp) actually comfortable. With the player is a teeny tiny memory card that is about the size of a baby’s pinky nail. On that little memory card is 1,000 songs arranged into different playlists that you can play depending on your mood and musical taste.

That is it.  You slip in the card and you listen to music. It is quite mind-blowing!

The pitfall with this system is that you may not actually like all of the music that is on your card. The player comes bundled with basically a sampler of music from all genres and when I first stuck it in and Lynrd Skynrd stared playing I was like, “Oh, heck no!”  We soon realized that the player gives you the option to switch to different stations and I was jamming to Fatboy Slim before you could say Funk Soul Brother.

The other pitfall for parents purchasing this player is that not all the songs come in radio edit version so that might be something to keep in mind if you don’t want your kid dropping some bombs around the dinner table.

The great thing about these players though is that this is a fabulously affordable way to listen to music without any downloading. You can buy a memory card with 1,000 songs on it for $40. That means you will pay $.04 per download and can choose the genre you absolutely love to listen to. The player itself is only $99 and comes with the 1,000 music sampler which is a great start to your collection.

Charging it can be done with a USB cable or even a little charger for your wall which makes even the charging easy for those who are not tech-savvy.

I would highly recommend this as an affordable option for parents who can’t afford the iPod prices or for your own parents who might be struggling with the downloading process.

Where will you see me rocking this player? It has become my new favorite thing to mow the lawn this year! I can’t wait to listen to the Workout Mix while tackling the yard!

Suggested Retail Price: $99 (Player & 1,000 loaded songs)

Website for More Details: slotRadio

Giveaway: iPod Touch & a $10 iTunes Gift Card

ipod-touch1 I have a wonderful giveaway to offer this week that I am so excited about for you. We are giving away an iPod Touch 8GB (2nd Generation) plus a $10 iTunes Gift Card to one lucky MomAdvice reader.

I wanted to offer you many different ways that you could submit an entry. You can choose to do just one thing on the list for one entry OR you can choose multiple things to do to gain extra entries. It is totally up to you.

For each item that you do, you can leave one extra comment to enter. Each comment is one entry.

Your Multiple Entry Options. Choose one or Choose Them All!

1. Leave a comment and tell me how you celebrate Valentine’s Day.

2. Subscribe to my feeds. Subscribe to my blogs,(pick one or subscribe to all three) then leave a comment letting me know you have subscribed.

3. Follow me on Twitter. I need more friends and love seeing what you are up to. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, read this entry for what it is all about and sign up for a free account. My Twitter name is @momadvice. Once you have followed me, leave a comment and let me know that you are my latest and greatest friend!

4. Join the MomAdvice No Spend Challenge. You must add your name to this linky list and commit to a day, a week, a month, or whatever time frame you feel comfortable with and not spend money. Our family has committed to the month of February and will be documenting our journey with you. I would love for you to join in and you get an extra entry in the process! Once you have added your name to the No Spend Challenge, leave a comment and let me know that you are commited to getting those finances back on track!

5. Try a Notebook Experiment. Each Thursday we post a Notebook of fun ideas from other blogs. If you attempt one of those ideas, and add your name on Thursday to my linky list with a link to a Notebook Experiment that you tried, you can get an extra entry. This will be posted on Thursday so start your engines and do something creative with your families this week. Once your name has been added to the list, you can leave a comment and let me know what Notebook Experiment you completed. Here are some examples of my past Experiments and a link to all the notebook links that you can choose from.

6. Listen to MomAdvice Simplified.I will be dropping a secret word in for an extra entry. Once you hear the word, you must privately email me at amy(at)momadvice(dot)com with the secret word. This episode will be airing at 2PM EST on February 5, 2009.

Only valid entries will be included in this contest and our winner will be chosen at random. A big thank you to our sponsors: Walmart, Nestle, M&M’s, and Russell Stover who decided to offer our MomAdvice readers and my fellow 11 Moms a chance to giveawayan iPod Touch in celebration of Valentine’s Day! Walmart is offering some Valentine’s freebies for you too! Visit Walmart’s Valentines Page to download the free Hershey’s Blow a Kiss iPhone application, send a free M&M personalized E-Card to your Valentine, and make a playlist of your favorite love songs while you take a listen to Walmart’s 11 Moms favorite love songs!

All entries must be in by February 14th at 8PM EST. Again, only valid entries will be included. Good luck to each of you and thank you for taking the time to enter this wonderful contest!