MP3 players, will (have in some households) replace, vinyl (records), CD and Tape collections, along with the players that go with them.
They are so portable that they fit in your pocket, yet can hold thousands of music tracks, your business files, your computer backups, your itinary when traveling and much more.
This MP3 player eBook explains the beginnings of MP3 and where we are today.
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An MP3 is a compressed file format used on computers and portable MP3 music players, and
playback devices, (there are many variations of these, which we'll describe further on).
The development was done at the Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen, in Germany,
starting in 1987 and completed in 1989. The format was patented in Germany and became
part of the MPEG standard in 1992, and was granted an American patent in 1996. The official
name is 'MPEG layer 3' which has become abbreviated to MP3. From there the format was
made popular through the file-sharing network of Napster and others, and the illegal music
downloads over the next few years, checkout this page_of_reviews of legal music d/load
Once compressed the file takes up only a fraction of the space of the original music file. As an
example a CD holds 18-24 music tracks in the Standard (wave) format, whereas on the same
sized CD in MP3 format you will get 200 - 300 music tracks, Depending on the file
compression you choose. Have a look at the compression chart at the end of this ebook to
File compression is what makes this format versatile and practical for almost anybody, you
only copy the songs you like to your player not the whole album, which may only have 3-5
songs that you like.
Over the past 8 years:
Manufactures have been developing MP3 players, to enable these files to be more
transportable and used in many places other than just our computers.
You can now buy MP3 players as part of your home stereo system, your carstereo, MP3/CD
players, MP3 Pens that hang around your neck, even in your PDA's, like Palm Tungsten
handheld's. Now, units the size of a packet of cigarettes, portable_hard_drive units which
can hold 1000's of music tracks, like the Iriver's, and Apple_iPod 20Gig units. Most of these
players still need to be loaded from a computer, but some of the car and home stereo units
can be loaded directly from a CD.
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What are my Choices of MP3 players?
Every month, manufacturers unleash even more MP3 players to an increasingly confused
public. Not only do these devices have wildly divergent features, but ongoing format wars
mean the MP3 player you choose dictates where you can buy your digital music. These
devices are anything but one-player-fits-all.
First, there's the question of design. A player can have every feature in the world, but if the
design doesn't match your lifestyle or if the interface is impenetrable, you still won't enjoy it.
You'll want to look closely at performance, sound quality and battery life, these can make or
break a player, especially if you travel a lot or have the so-called golden ears of an audiophile.
Before you start checking out specific models, you should have a basic understanding of the
types of MP3 players available.
Note: All types of player mentioned below can play other formats besides MP3, such as WMA
or AAC, but we still refer to them as MP3 players, some players will only play the track format
that it is specifically designed for.
Types of Players:
Portable Hard Drive - Personal Multimedia players - Flash Based - MP3/CD
Portable Hard Drive MP3 players:
The Portable Hard Drive MP3 players are bigger than the mini units described further on and
1Gb to over 80Gb, (from 500 to over 10,000 tracks). These are the best for the travel er who
hours of music with not having to repeat any.
· Large storage, 1Gig to 80 Gig.
· Will fit in your palm.
· Can be used to hold data, photos, M-pegs, movies (for transport between computers).
· Can be used as a backup to your existing computer files.
· Some can be loaded using memory cards, say off your camera while travelling like the