Audio & Music
Mobile Devices


The music player you wish you had in the early 2000s

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Tangara is a portable music player. It outputs high-quality sound through a 3.5-mm headphone jack, lasts a full day on a charge, and includes a processor that’s powerful enough to support any audio format you can throw at it. It’s also 100% open hardware running open-source software, which makes it easy to customize, repair, and upgrade. Tangara plays what you want to hear, however you want to hear it.

Listen to music, audio books, and podcasts on a purpose-built device with a tried-and-true form factor, a familiar user interface, and no interest in your data. Or tear it apart and put it back together again. By tweaking our current firmware, you can experiment with alternative user-interface patterns, new types of content, tracker-based music production, alarm-clock applications, and much more. Or you can design a new faceplate with a different kind of display panel, more physical buttons, speakers, jacks, or…a cherry-wood enclosure? Whatever turns your clickwheel.

Tangara is great DIY platform for non-audio applications, as well. For example, the ESP32 module at its core is popular among those who enjoy exploring and learning about (other people’s) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. Unlike most such platforms, however, it also gives you a full-color display, a battery, and a one-finger touch interface to work with.

Features & Specifications

Open Source

Our software, firmware, and hardware design files are available on sourcehut.

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Tangara is part of Microchip Get Launched

In the Press

Hackster News

"Proudly inspired by Apple's original iPad, this pocket-sized music playback device is fully open and hackable — and crowdfunding soon."


"The nostalgia bomb!"

About the Team

Cool Tech Zone

Sydney, Australia  ·

Makers of Tangara! Maybe more things later. Not yet though.

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