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Dane Elec ZMate MP3 Player wont play!!

Hey!! I gave my boyfriend a ZMate and he's across the country from me right now, and he said he can't get it to even play!! He said he got brand new batteries!! I don't know much about MP3 Players.....How does he get the darn thing to play the songs? He also said he's havin a hard time charging the thing!! Did I buy him a bad MP3 Player? I feel bad. Is there somewhere I can download instructions and troubleshooting for the ZMate for FREE online anywhere? THANKS!! Feelin like a gave a bad gift.....: (

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  • Anonymous Sep 05, 2007


  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2008

    it doesnt make music and i dont know how

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2008

    Used Windows Media Play to load .MP3's which were freshly ripped from CD to Windows Media Player.

    They play backwards from the player on my computer in Windows Media Player.

    They do not play through the zMate. Red light blinks 4 times and stops, no sound. Have tested multiple sets of headphones, and even a patch cable to my stereo...nada.

    Also tested a 2nd zMate and it won't play either.

    Took the SD card to my other computer and it plays on that computer just fine.

    The .MP3's are not copy protected.

  • candecarlos Jul 15, 2008

    When i first got my zMATE it played just fine, then i turn it off and tried to turn it back on and it would not play. I've tried all the suggestions written,But have had no luck.

  • maxormel Dec 20, 2008

    I loaded music on my SD card, but when I put it in my Zmate it will not play. ...I have brand new batterires

  • Chris Guy
    Chris Guy May 08, 2009

    Edit and fine tune the mp3 tags. It Would Not Play Over 2GB player.
    Superior sound in a sleek, compact design!!!
    This Dane-Elec zMate MP3 Player lets you use the same SD/MMC cards you use in your camera, PDA or other mobile device to enjoy your favorite music wherever you go! This zMate MP3 features a USB interface, supports up to 2 GB memory and comes with a USB cable and earbud headphones!
    All you need is to load an SD card with MP3s and play music today!



    Dane-Elec zMate USB MP3 Player w/SD-MMC Slot

    General Features:
    White design
    Plays MP3 music formats
    USB 1.1 interface
    SD/MMC card slot (card not included)
    Supports up to 2 GB memory
    Headphone jack
    A-B button
    Lock button
    No internal memory
    Operates on one (1) AAA battery (not included)

    Unit Dimensions:
    2.75 x 1.75 x 0.5-inches (H x W x D, approximate)

    Regulatory Approvals:
    RoHS compliant

    Package Includes:


    Dane-Elec zMate USB MP3 Player
    USB cable
    Earbud headphones

    Additional Information:


    Model: DA-MP3-S0000
    Player does not have internal memory

    Product Requirements:
    Supported memory card
    AAA battery
    USB port



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Make sure if it's the player that uses SD cards, the songs can't be in the root.  They must be in a sub-folder (subdirectory), preferably one named AUDIO.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

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What I do, is I hold the play/pause button, as the other person said, and I press the right button, and then the play/pause button one more time. It works for me.

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Go here:

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

Wat is the a-b thing mine have broken to but i lost the instruction plz help

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

That's my problem, shutting it off, its a pain, half the time I take the battery out of it. So what is the proper way of shutting it OFF. I go through batteries like candy. I have an IPod and I use both on my Motorcycle.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

I've got one of these, and I like it a lot.  Just hold down the play/pause button until it turns on, then press it ONCE more to play.  Hold play/pause until lights are out to turn off.

Posted on Jan 02, 2008

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No problem with my new zmate mp3. at first time, it quite difficult to play it. but once you get the step then it will be easy. I love it very much. sound quality is very2 good...just follow the instruction manual to play it..

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    battery life is very bad...the company should search another way to make the mp3 player can be played a little bit longer.


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What is the A/B switch?

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I don't the configuration of your computer, but it sounds like the F: drive is the zMate player... so if I am correct, the message means there is no memory card in the player. If yours is the same as mine, the "player" itself is a card reader/writer with no memory of its own, and works only when you put an SD card in it (mine actually came free with the purchase of the SD card).

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