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Fisher-Price Classics | Music Box Record Player | Baby Musical Toy, Baby Interactive Toy, Classic Toy with Retro Style Packaging, Pretend Play Toys for Boys and Girls Ages 18 Months+ | Basic Fun 1697

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Presumably using a music box like mechanism, not a vinyl record style mechanism, which greatly loosens the quality constraints on the records (based on listening to a recording of the original). Etsy’s 100% renewable electricity commitment includes the electricity used by the data centres that host Etsy.

The off-gassing from records is nearly instantaneous and reaches measurable levels where it's dangerous within minutes - having the extra surface area for off-gassing from the grooves makes it much worse. It’s shaped like the classic toy they’re passing it off as, but it has none of the charm or educational value of the original (well, ok, the physical appearance of the player is still kind of charming). And saddest of all, I tried the same thing foone did, knowing that the unused binary codes (maybe not 0000 but surely the other five) were surely hiding a few extra songs. Now it will be up-to parents to decide whether they want to bring up an iPhone consumer kid or more of a PC creative kid.They're unaffordable for most parents, they're narrow in scope, and there's a good chance your kid won't even like them. So the kind of liability they feel, I believe, is just that of getting bad press over some reviewers deciding something is too confusing, leading to reduced sales. I bet it’s more dangerous now that it has batteries, which can leak acid or (depending on the design) accidentally be knocked free of their compartment and swallowed. Versus a simple microcontroller that can play any number of songs and very limited physical tolerances.

My second favorite is the "sesame street play house" featuring a pathway where the little people can "walk". For instance, most of these factories aren't "toy factories" they are "injection molding" or "pcb" or "electronic assembly" factories. Like foone, I also got a kick out of playing with the switches and seeing what happened when you held the disc stil, but I was never curious enough to open it up. The modern "classic" one requires you to crank it up, because it won't start playing until you've cranked it up. Versus the original which could play a much larger variety of songs based on the records themselves.It's been passed around to relatives, but last I heard, it still works after what must be almost 40 years. Most of today's kids are unlikely to understand the concept of music being purchased on physical media — let alone the concept of vinyl records. That toy was indestructible, because if it weren't I would have torn it down to individual components (just like my very expensive 6 million dollar man action figure, to the great chagrin of my parents).

As for the dial, I remember thinking it felt so music-box-like, but I had no idea it was an actual music box! Place one of the five double-sided records on the turntable, wind it up and place the "needle" on the record to hear classic renditions of ten timeless melodies.The sharp steel tines on a music box comb can cause injuries if mishandled (I remember this happening to a child in my kindergarten class back in the early ’70s. And on the toys side of things that it's mostly about allowing for creativity in play, meaning kids want to invent their own game with whatever you give them. In terms of user interaction, an iPhone does its best to be an appliance, not a general-purpose computer.

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