there are plenty of cheap off brand mp3 players made in china which would be perfect for a kid. sony still makes very high end mp3 players.
I had an mp3 player about 10 years ago. It lasted about 2 years and then quit.
I gave my two sons the same model mp3 player for Christmas. Theirs lasted about 2 years and quit also.
There are lots of MP3 players available. Sony even sells some under the Walkman brand. Some Walkman models will do streaming services.
They still sell iPod Touch as well. Last revision was 2019.
Sony, no baloneyWalkman?
Microsoft Zune has entered the chat....I also avoid apple stuff because I don't want to have to put itunes on my pc. Does itune still use proprietary files instead of mp3s and waves?
That is a darn good question. I loaded mine from Apple iTunes, so someone here must know about Apple iTunes on other devices.
I have a fiio x3 and a fiio x7. They are great for hi res audio.
No. I download digital music files to my non-Apple Microsoft Windows pc with a non-Apple Microsoft Edge web browser, which I have just downloaded to folders that are not specific to Apple. I then either link or copy those using Apple iTunes to its folders on my non-Apple Microsoft windows pc, and copy them to a non-Apple thumb drive.