A digital music player for background music in public areas. The music selection can be programmed and scheduled in various ways, and be based on date and time schedules. For example, the music player can select gradually more Christmas songs starting from the first of December and abruptly stop selecting Christmas songs after the 26th of December. The music player keeps all music on a strongly encrypted CompactFlash card (128-bit key). Updates to the music tracks or the schedule are done by either exchanging the CompactFlash card or by having the music player download new content from the network (e.g. Internet).