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All I want right now is a device that only has music player and streaming apps on it, that will let me hide or delete the web browser, so I can take it to bed with me and not get distracted by the possibility of endless scrolling entertainment. Maybe I just miss synching old school mp3 players before going anywhere and the feeling of ease that comes with knowing I have what I like best, resting without a bunch of apps paralyzing me with paradox of choice or time suck.

@mdhughes Close! I was looking at the newer Sony music players too, but what I really want is something that I can play streaming service playlists on easily (like Spotify or the old Google music offline mode).

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@erinbee you can still get a generic offline MP3 player from Target or Amazon or wherever for $20-$40, but the ones that can run streaming apps tend to require a fair bit of Real Computer ancestry and cost easily three times as much because they're basically cheap phones.

advice re: things you can do to mobile devices to make them less distracting 

@erinbee if you have a spare iOS device, you can turn off most of the features, including the browser, through Parental Controls support.apple.com/en-us/HT2013

have someone else set the passcode so you can't turn it off yourself

advice re: things you can do to mobile devices to make them less distracting 

@erinbee if you have a spare Android device, you can at least disable Chrome support.google.com/chrome/answ

the newer ones should have some parental controls features similar to iOS by now

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@erinbee finally, if you happen to have a smartwatch, even one from a few years ago, you've probably already got something that can both store onboard music and run streaming apps, but won't let you run a full browser. for example, both my old Fitbit Versa and my current Apple Watch meet that criteria

downside is you can't use wired headphones because there's nowhere to put them, upside is you can also track your sleep if you want to

advice re: things you can do to mobile devices to make them less distracting 

@vyr Thanks for the tip on disabling Chrome, that's probably what I'm going to go for and hope that my reward driven brain doesn't keep going back to re-enable it (also why I don't use parental controls or timers on my own devices 🤦‍♀️😅)

advice re: things you can do to mobile devices to make them less distracting 

@erinbee same… unfortunately, everything i can call up, i can easily put down. Screen Time made it about a week 😅

good luck!

advice re: things you can do to mobile devices to make them less distracting 

@erinbee fyi, it looks like Google's Android parental controls are called Family Link, but setup seems to require creating a separate Google account for your "kid" and changing how you sign into your device, and it all looks like an enormous pain in the ass families.google.com/familylink

@erinbee if you're looking for recommendations, I had that same desire, and the result was that I bought a FiiO M6. It runs Android unfortunately but it has no browser. For my purposes it is _great_.

@gnomon Thanks for the rec, especially since it looks like it wouldn't be too hard to install Bandcamp on it 🤔

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