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The Music Shield is a professional audio codec. It can work with Arduino, Seeeduino, Seeeduino Mega and Arduino Mega. It is based on VS1053b IC and can play a variety of music formats stored on MicroSD cards with Seeed the provided Arduino Library.
Features standard interface compatible with Arduino boards
Multiformat MP3 media player that uses a single VS1053b
Two control push buttons and one knob switch
Plays music from micro SD cards (not included) Decodes: MP3, WAV, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis
I2S interface for external DAC
Headphone/LineOut for playback
Line-in for recording in OGG format
Excellent sound quality with ±1dB frequency response
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Note: Recording is only supported on Seeeduino Mega and Arduino Mega for now.
Yes, this shield (sort of) works as specified ... sometimes. The major problem is the SD card reader on it -- it's extremely fussy about what kinds of micro SD cards it accepts. Even most of the low-capacity (under 1 GB) ones give read errors.
The software libraries need much more work and take considerable finagling to install. But ... a couple of the (Seeed Studio) supplied examples do work as specified.
Note that Seeed Studio has released a newer version of this shield, and some or all of the above problems may have been fixed. The newer shield has the female headers that this older version lacks.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend