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$39 MP3 player board, OS ARM programmer and rubber buttons

 MP3 player board, OS ARM programmer and rubber buttons

Spark Fun dropped some new electronics – I really want to make a DIY MP3 player with the new board….

A ready to go VS1002 MP3 decoder board. Includes SD socket, battery holder, voltage regulation, and audio jacks. Add your choice of controllers and you’ve got a configurable MP3 player! – Link.

A new beefy ARM programmer is here. Based on opensource code and hardware, the ARM-USB-OCD will support many new ICs – Link.

The button pads are here! This is an opaque silicon rubber button pad with 4 buttons orignally inspired by the folks at Now all we need is huge PCB to play the worlds largest game of life – Link.

More @ Spark Fun electronics – Link.

14 thoughts on “$39 MP3 player board, OS ARM programmer and rubber buttons

  1. Russtang says:

    Or you could buy one of these players for $15 shipped:

  2. Netstorm says:

    Interesting stuff!

    Personally I’d like to work on a mp3 player which can tune into internet radio streams without using a computer. (i.e. like the Squeezebox devices)

    Anyone with some suggestions into that particular direction? Would it be much harder than, for example, a DIY mp4 player which uses a memory card?

  3. Russtang says:

    I stream internet radio/network MP3s with a couple of different devices.

    Hacked XBOX. I run XBOX Media Center on both of mine. Probably overkill, but you can get a modchip and xbox for around $120 total these days. And you can stream a whole lot more than just music.

    Omnifi DMS1. About $45 shipped with wifi adapter (ebay prices). Not much hacking involved here, but cheaper than a squeezebox.


  4. Netstorm says:

    Thank you very much for those suggestions Russ! :)

  5. sleepydog says:

    From reading the spark fun’s website I can’t tell what kind of controllers can be connected to the MP3 player. I’d like to wire up something for my blind Dad.

  6. mpeg2tom says:

    It says that the MP3 board is controlled by the “UEXT connector”, but it sure would be great if the “UEXT connector” was better documented. I can’t figure out what it is!

    Until then, yeah best to purchase a cheap MP3 player and hook FETs or relays to the switches.

    Here is a $5 MP3 player/USB drive from MPJA. This is currently powering my Neurotic Santa.

  7. MP4-Player says:

    WoW seems like alot, have fun building that stuff!

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