Thanks to all of you, I was able to go to Walmart and talk to the salesperson without feeling like a total idiot. It was worth getting on the forum just for that!!
I realized that we probably needed 2 separate solutions - a) for times that we need portability, we simply need a higher quality portable speaker than we currently have. b) a “permanent” solution for playing her fuze in her bedroom where there is no computer
For any other “without a clue” parents out there, here’s what I came up with (with the help of those above)
a)For portability, I ordered the Altec Lansing iMT 237 from walmart.com for abt $30 and free shipping to my home… It’s very small and got great reviews. In fact, it might be good enough that we don’t need solution b. BTW, it’s cheaper elsewhere but I want easy return just in case.
b) for the bedroom, I looked at the powered pc speakers but it so happens, we have a pair of perfectly good speakers from an old computer - it’s just that they’re USB powered. So, with my newfound confidence, I asked the clerk if there was some sort of cable that would accept a USB plug in and then plug into the wall for power. And there is!!! (a 4 port USB Home charger)So, we’ll use the speakers we already had (they have a little jack that plugs into the fuze). Mind you, the charger cost $20 - probably as much (even more?) than the powered speakers, buut it allowed me to use some speakers that otherwise would go to waste .
Come Christmas morning, if she doesn’t like a or b, there’s always the boom box option. The salesclerk showed me the cable I would need and now I understand how that would work. (The cable was $9.99).
Thanks again to all who answered and if you see a problrm with what I’ve concocted, please speak up. The clerk swore it would work but it bothers me that the thing is called a charger. Doesn’t sound like it’s meant to be used like I’m going to use it.