I've long been hunting in all the local stores and online but cannot find a single unit like this, which is baffling to me.
I'm talking about some sort of small audio player which consists of only one or two speakers, a volume knob, a power button, a pause/resume button, a "next" and "previous" button, and a memory card slot.
I can find ones which have a cassette player, radio, CD, etc., as well as a USB socket, but I don't want those for these reasons:
- I don't need any of those features, so it takes too much space and costs too much money.
- A USB socket is not the same as a memory card slot, even though they are basically the same technology, because an USB stick "sticks" (no pun intended) out from the unit in the front and thus both looks ugly and ruins the compactness.
It should support MP3 and FLAC files. If there is only one "track" (file) on the memory card, it should loop it perpetually.
My purpose of this would be to put on a 30-minute recording of the soundtrack of "Zora's Domain" from the 1998 video game Ocarina of Time to play constantly while I'm in the kitchen as a soothing background sound.
I currently have a white noise machine in the kitchen, but sadly it only has a few baked-in sounds that loop and no slot for a memory card (or USB). It eventually gets on my nerves to hear the white noise and such sounds.
Also, in Christmas time, I would replace the Zora's Domain file with some digitized classic Christmas music tracks from my childhood which can play instead.
I'm not looking for anything that uses "Bluetooth" or whatever and requires some other device to be "streaming" data to it, or which requires "wifi"/Internet.
Is this really such a niche concept that there is no such thing?