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Windows 7: Inside of a cheap China MP3 player

25 Aug 2015   #1
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Inside of a cheap China MP3 player

I picked these up more as a novelty. This is one of the better-made cheap players- good sound quality and aluminium body, but the purple one was slightly damaged due to a bend in the metal case squeezing on the inside frame, so I took that one apart. This model lacks screws, but a locking button on top can be pushed down to slide the guts out.

These are basically clones of the 2nd gen iPod Shuffle- but the components and even casing are far simpler than Apple's hardware.

I'd wager a lot of these 5-button players are similar inside. The front is just a PCB with traces and 5 small membrane switches, with a plastic button piece on top. In this case, a square ring for 4 and a separate button in the center for play. They are labeled K1-K5, and the text in the corner reads "AC1187/PGJZ-V12/(BAT)/2015-04-07" the last I take to mean a date of manufacture.

The rear is just a micro SD slot, headphone jack, mini-b USB slot(power and data- the player acts as a card reader too), on-off switch and a single control chip, plus some tiny components including a power diode. The chip reads "AC1187". The Li-Ion battery(edit- it's LiPo, not Li-Ion) is small, no markings and has a heart stamp with "LR" in it. I wonder if the battery could be replaced with a higher capacity type without affecting the electronics? Theoretically, anyway.

These tiny players are simple to take apart and use the insides for projects as it's trivial to rewire buttons and jacks to fit them inside various casings.


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25 Aug 2015   #2
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Good job on this!
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25 Aug 2015   #3
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Interesting. . .don't recall ever seeing one. . .
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25 Aug 2015   #4
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I may get an old video game controller and use that as a casing. That would be perfect because I could use the buttons on the PCB to rewire these buttons because I'd only have to run some wires. Uh... probably mount the player's PCB with the power and headphone jack upward and use a short mini-b USb extension lead to relocate the power plug. Kind of stuck on the micro SD slot though, it'd be tricky to desolder and relocate, so maybe get a micro SD, load it and leave it installed inside?
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