Playaway FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my own headphones?  Yes. However, the Playaway has a universal headphone jack and can work with almost any headphones, speakers or car adapters. You can purchase ear buds at the circulation desk for $1.00 if you do not have a pair.

How do I know how much battery is left in my unit? 
The Playaway has a small battery icon that is displayed on the screen. There are 4 levels of battery life reflected in the icon. When one bar is left, you have 20% power left.

How do I change the battery?
  To change the battery, hold the Playaway so that the smooth side is facing you. There is a slight slit or depression in the middle of the unit. Press down and flip the top of the case off. Take the old battery out and replace it by putting the positive side of the battery (the side with the protrusion) to the right. Replace top of case. Continue to listen. Please note that all playaways are equipped with new battereis each time they are returned.

What do I do if the Playway locks up?
 First, turn it on and off. If that doesn't solve the problem, remove and reinsert the battery.

How does Playaway compare to audio on cassette or CD?
Playaway is more convenient and easier to enjoy than juggling multiple CDs, cassettes or a separate player. Playaway also offers various enhanced digital features, including the ability to control the speed of the narrator's voice and digitally bookmark up to 50 favorite spots.

How does Playaway compare to digital downloads and other forms of on-the-go downloading like cell phones?

Playaway comes pre-loaded with digital content, so it does not require information transfer fees, subscriptions, memberships, or even an Internet connection. Just plug in your headphones and listen wherever you go.

Why can't I add, delete or transfer content to or from a Playaway?
In order to protect the copyrighted works of authors and publishers as traditional books do, you are unable to make copies of Playaway.

Can I use the Playaway in my car?
Yes, each Playaway has a universal headphone jack that can be used with most of the commonly available car adapters on the market, including cassette adapters and FM transmitters. Thanks to the generosity of the FRIENDS of New Milford Library, we have FM transmitters which may be borrowed along with the playaway for the 3 week period.

If the Playaway starts acting funny (skipping, et cetra) what can I do?
While the Playaway should not be serviced by anyone other than certified personnel, simply changing the battery seems to fix most glitches that can

As with DVDs and CDs extreme hot or cold temperatures will affect and possibly destroy Playaways.