questionschallenge: help me find an mp3 alarm clock

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What about an alarm app for your computer? I've used Alarm Clock Pro for years, and it's pretty much the best alarm on Earth. You could launch an air strike from that app, it's got so many options.

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Thanks for the suggestion, but I turn off my computers at night. The sound of the fan disrupts my sleep. I could, in theory, use my tablet for this purpose, but my clock needs to be replaced anyway as some of the LEDs have burned out (or something) and the numbers can't be read. As long as I am replacing my clock I'd like to get one that does what I want it to. This one is probably 10 years old and I bought it because It has a CD player that I was supposed to be able to use as an alarm and after about a month of use it just wouldn't turn on the CD player when the alarm went off. Fortunately, the click of it trying to turn on the CD would wake me, but I didn't get to enjoy any music to start my day.

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http://deals.woot.com/deals/go/5d1c6f47-47b7-485e-99f9-084bdbff932e

You can plug it into the wall. Add many MP3's and play whichever you like.
Probably a little more than what you want to pay for an alarm clock.

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Try the phillips wake up alarm:

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Hf3485-Wake-up-Light-White/dp/B003Y6B4XE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335282179&sr=8-1

We just use an alarm on the phone, but I need an airhorn type noise to drag my butt out of bed.

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@jsoko: Thanks but A) it's not a clock (I need to be able to read the time when I wake up at night), B) Would require speakers, C) costs about 3x as much as I am willing to pay to replace my clock and D) I have an old 5th gen 60g IPOD that I haven't even turned on for about a year because it is too fragile, temperamental and unwieldy. When I choose a portable MP3 player, I choose Sansa or Creative Zen, not IPOD. But I'm not looking for a portable MP3player, I am looking for a clock that sings what and when I want it to.

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@okham: Also not a clock, no onboard MP3. This might work in the winter, but not in the summer when the sun has pretty much come up already and filled my room with natural light. I need to be able to see the time when I wake up at night or it makes me disoriented and I have trouble going back to sleep. I have to tell myself, "It's 4am, sleep for 2 more hours" to get back to sleep. See this is hard. I don't know why. MP3 players are so compact and common I can't imagine why there aren't a hundred cheap clocks with them built in.

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@moondrake: Have you considered a chumby? We have 2, and you can set it to pandora or run your mp3 through it, not to mention the mulitple clocks you can run through it...it does need wifi, though.

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@moondrake: Just to correct you, it has a clock that can be seen 24/7 and internal speakers.

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5star just sent me an email with a clock that seems to meet my needs. I guess they heard me last night saying I need a new clock, because they have like 4 deals for clocks this morning. It looks a bit bulky but seems like it has everything I need.

http://www.5stardeal.com/Deal/2501

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Do you have an iPod that you could use a docking station with? I think those have alarms on them.

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@jsoko: Thanks for the info. I didn't know that IPODS came with internal speakers. The three I had before I gave up on them didn't. I know there's a clock on them, but on the one's I've had it's like having a cell phone by the bed, you still have to pick it up and activate the LED to read it, it's not just there with the time. Unless you can also tell the IPOD to stay lit. I'm not familiar with the latest IPOD features. But thanks for the suggestion.

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@captainsuperdawg: One of the setbacks I experienced with my IPOD is that it is too big for any docking station I tried it in. I took it to several stores back when I first bought it and physically tried to mount it in various docking stations and nothing fit. I could hook it up with a jack and then plug it independently into the wall, but that's a pretty inelegant solution. There was a thread the other day about buyers remorse and I thought about mentioning this IPOD. I thought a 60g IPOD that could hold all my music would be a great thing, and I was glad I had it when the HD with my music on it crashed and I was able to recover my music from the IPOD. But it hasn't been nearly as useful or versatile as I'd expected and was quickly phased out of my daily life by my little workhorse Sansas and the Creative Zen that lives in the car. 2g holds close to 200 songs and that's plenty for my purposes, even when traveling.

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you're looking for this. http://usb.brando.com/prod_detail.php?prod_id=00431
So am I, but I can't find it, it's discontinued. Does anybody else know where else to find this?

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Have you found a suitable solution (an mp3 alarm clock that plugs into the wall)?
If so, could you please share, as I've been unsuccesfully searching for such a device for a few years now :-(

cheers,
Erwin

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Have you found a suitable solution (an mp3 alarm clock that plugs into the wall)?
If so, could you please share, as I've been unsuccesfully searching for such a device for a few years now :-(

cheers,
Erwin

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@bogusbogey: No, I gave up and bought an Ivee talking clock from Sharper Image. It's a lot of fun, but if my radio station whites out as is a common problem I am going to miss my alarm in the mornings. One of the things I like best about Ivee, the radio starts up barely audible and slowly gains volume rather than bursting out. I am a very light sleeper so this doesn't startle me when it wakes me. It's also nice to be able to set or cancel the alarm from bed by voice command rather than having to go and do it manually. I would find the sleep sounds useful if I didn't already have a sleep sounds device. OTOH it talks to itself sometimes (some sound outside will activate it) and it occasionally gets an attitude.