I have a little toddler sim in quite a few of my save games, and found quite annoying to be in my toddler's room with no choice but to control another sim to change the stereo. I also found it equally annoying to have a pet selected and realize my normally instant, God-like stereo controlling powers were gone.
So, as with just about any problem you could or would ever have in The Sims 3, I found my answer through modding.
What is this mod?
Something I probably should have gone over earlier, but whatever. This tuning mod increases the power of your already powerful instant God-like stereo controlling powers by extending their reach to sims as young as toddlers and even to the most simple-minded of pets.
In other words, you can now A.) Turn the stereo on and off, B.) Change the volume of the stereo, C.) Change the station the stereo is playing, and D.) Skip songs on the stereo using toddlers and pets.
Compatibility and Requirements Update: 1/15/14: Based on what I've gathered from the change list and various websites, I do not believe that patch 1.66 will be a problem for this mod. However, if anyone finds otherwise, leave a comment and I'll look into it.
This mod was built and tested working on version 1.63. It might work on other versions, but I have not tested.
There are two versions of this mod: 1. A version that only allows toddlers to control the stereos. The Base Game is the only thing required for this version. Use this version if you only have the base game, or simply don't want to be able to control the stereo using pets. 2. A version that allows both toddlers and pets to control the stereos. The Pets expansion pack is required for this version. Use this version only if you have Pets.
This mod edits the following ITUN resources and will conflict with any other mods that also edit any of the same:
ChangeStation_Stereo, ChangeVolume_Stereo, SkipSong_Stereo, TurnOnOff_Stereo
I originally intended for this mod to affect babies as well as toddlers (Hence the name of the package files), yet for some unexplained reason, the babies I have tested with refuse to use the stereo. I've tried everything, giving them candy, having them take a nap, they just won't do it.
If any more experienced modders than me (which is pretty much every modder ever) want to help with the above issue(s), feel free to edit the packages yourself, and notify me via PM/thread posting/whatever about how you made it work. Should the solution be simple enough for me, I'll update the mods.
S3PE for, you know, allowing me to mod in the first place.
Armiel for her post formatting tutorials and for Builder's Island, which, contrary to popular belief, is also good for mod testing!
Delphy for keeping this site up and running.
And you, for at least checking out this mod!
You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.
Built with Game Version: 1.63
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| Description: This is the mod file that does not require Pets. Download this if you only have the Base Game, or have Pets but don't want pets being able to use stereos. Honestly, I wouldn't blame you.