Dec 8th, 2020

There are many things you can do with an old Android phone. You could hook it up to a speaker and make your own DIY Google Home or use it as a dedicated time lapse camera. If you’re a die-hard music lover and audiophile, we have another idea to put that old phone to good use.

For a brief period of time, before smartphones really took off, everyone had a personal music player. These devices were essentially hard drives with headphone jacks. You could store tons of music and have it with you all the time. Nowadays, most people stream music from the internet, but there are advantages to having a dedicated device.

All you need for this is an old phone with decent audio quality. The HTC One M8 is a great candidate. It has dual front-facing speakers, dedicated sound processing, and headphone amplifier units. Plus, you can find it for less than $200. The phone should also have a good amount of internal storage or support for a microSD card. Oh, and you’ll want a decent pair of headphones.

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