Need advice and guidence on hardware to purchase to be used with adruino in sparkfun v3.2

I am an eexperiendce vba an dmultimedia software developer with almost no expreience wihwithe arduino
I need to be able to play short audio files and record short audio files. Although th eaudio files are short I need to be able store at least 40 minutes worth of playable audio and 15 minutes of newly recorded audi for a total of 60 minutes on perhaps an sd card.
Here are some of the pieces I looked at. Please remeber I want something easy to assemble I have almost no experience building hardware

VS1053 Codec + MicroSD Breakout - MP3/WAV/MIDI/OGG Play + Record - v4
will this be easy for me to integreta within say 3-5 hours?
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Could you list the actual part numbers from SparkFun you are considering?

Is this the MicroSD interface you are planning to use?

And is this the VA1053 Codec?

I think you may have overestimated the power of the Arduino and underestimated the time required to integrate these components.

The VA1053 is just a chip.  You would have solder it to a PC board and interface it to the Arduino.

The MicorSD is also a pretty raw device.  I notice that they talk about using it for data logging, but I would be very surprised if you get it to work at audio data rates.

Have you looked at the programming tools available for the Arduino?  I am not sure that Basic is available.  You would probably have to use C.  I think a better estimate of the time required would be in the 30 to 100 hours.  

Have you given any though to the user interface?  How will you identify recordings and select files for playback?  Can you do this without a display of some kind?

You might be much better off with an RaspberryPi.  It includes a SD card (and a file system) as well as an operating system (Linux).  Also my old $50 MP3 player would probably work without any modification.

You might talk to the folks at SparkFun.  They might be able to give you better and more relevant advice.

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