Roll your own DAP

A do-it-yourself MP3 player.

Make's Daisy MP3 player
Toy gun case mod for the Daisy. Make Magazine

It takes a certain kind of person to pay $115 for the pleasure of soldering together your own flash-based MP3 player. Still, Make magazine's open source MP3 player kit Daisy has been taunting me for a while now and I think I'm finally up for the challenge. I've had more than my fair share of misspent weekends behind a soldering iron, getting woozy from fumes and cursing myself when projects fall to pieces. Why invite another weekend project disappointment? Well, maybe you're just the kind of crafty nerd who can't resist the idea of making a functional case enclosure from an old Speak & Spell (me), or a vintage cigarette case or a custom-etched Lucite box. The possibilities are awesome, if not endless. Plus, there's a great feeling you get by making something from scratch, even if it takes up a weekend. If making your own one-of-a-kind MP3 player sounds like your kind of fun, then take a look at the tutorials on NippyChips, Make's Flickr pool and Make's case-mod video podcast.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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