Downloading music

If you don’t have regular access to the internet, then downloading music is probably the best option for you. If you do have regular access to the internet and would like access to a large music library, have a look at our guidance on streaming.

Choosing an MP3 player to listen to your music

MP3 Players are great for people with dementia. An MP3 player is a small music player you can carry with you wherever you go, allowing people with dementia to carry a playlist of personally meaningful music with them at all times without having to connect to the internet.

With so many MP3 players available to buy, it can be confusing and overwhelming to select the right player for someone living with dementia, not to mention expensive! Playlist for Life worked with 29 people living with dementia and their family carers to carry out in-depth testing on three commonly available players.

Choosing a music player

A guide to MP3 music players for people living with dementia, based on research conducted by Playlist for Life.

If you’d like to print this leaflet as an A5 booklet then download a printable version of this booklet here and print on both sides of A4 paper.

A plain text version of the document is here.

How to use your player

If you decide to purchase one of the Bush players from our above recommendations, take a look at the handy guides below on how to use your player.

Bush 4GB MP3 Player Guide

For a large print version, click here.

Bush 8GB MP3 Player with Display Guide

For a large print version, click here.

How to download music 

There are various different music sites that you can download music from, such as Amazon, iTunes and 7digital. 

Here are a few videos that explain how to download songs:

Amazon

7digital

How to transfer music on to your MP3 player