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MP3 Player Guide

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Summary:
MP3 player, also well known as digital audio player has become a staple
of our gadget life. There are many brands of MP3 players on the market
today. So, which MP3 player are the most suitable for you? That's where
this MP3 player guide comes in.


Keywords:
MP3 Player Guide


Article Body:
MP3 player, also well known as digital audio player has become a staple
of our gadget life. There are many brands of MP3 players on the market
today. So, which MP3 player are the most suitable for you? That's where
this MP3 player guide comes in.

Basically, there are 3 types of MP3 player based on capacity: -

1. Hard drive MP3 player

-   highest capacity
-   largest in size
-   heavy
-   often labeled as an "Jukebox MP3 player"
-   has moving parts
-   example: Apple iPod video, Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5

2. Micro hard drive MP3 player

- use smaller hard drives
- lighter than hard drive MP3 player
- lower capacity than hard drive MP3 player but higher capacity than
flash memory MP3 player
- example: Apple iPod mini, Creative Labs Zen Micro

3. Flash memory MP3 player

-   smallest in size
-   lowest capacity
-   very light
-   has no moving parts
-   often labeled as an "portable MP3 player"
-   example: mobiBLU Dah 1500i, Apple iPod nano


What should you concern when you want to buy a MP3 player?
1. Use / Purpose
a) MP3 player good for travel
Hard drive MP3 player is good for people traveling or away from computer
for an extended period of time, where they can't transfer music files
from their computers. Micro hard drive MP3 player is another option for
travel since it is slightly smaller and lighter than hard drive MP3
player. Flash memory MP3 player is also popular for travel if you do not
mind to listen to the same music.

b) MP3 player good for sport / jogging / gym
Flash memory MP3 player is good for people exercising and jogging since
it is very light. No moving parts for Flash memory MP3 player make it
ideal for sport.

c) MP3 player good for home use
Hard drive MP3 player is good for listening song in living room. It is
suited to be connected to external speakers.

2. Connectivity
There are two main options to transfer files from your computer: USB or
FireWire. USB supported by both PCs and Macs whereas FireWire is
supported only on Macs. For PC users, they need to ensure that the MP3
player support USB 2.0 which is faster than USB 1.1. Most of the MP3
players on market today are support USB 2.0.

3. Display screen
Majority of MP3 players have LCD screen. Some MP3 players have color
screen instead of dull black and white screen. The main things to
consider are all the information such as battery level, song name &
elapsed time are easy to read.

4. Compatibility
PC or Mac compatibility. Mac users should ensure the MP3 player can
support Mac since some MP3 players can only support PC.

5. Battery
MP3 players come with either rechargeable batteries (some can be charged
via USB port) or disposable batteries.

6. Music format
Music files can be one of several types of formats, such as MP3, AAC
(Advanced Audio Coding), WMA (Windows Media Audio) and Ogg Vorbis. Ogg
Vorbis is a completely open, patent-free, professional audio encoding and
streaming technology with all the benefits of Open Source.

7. Functionality
Some MP3 players have extra features such as voice recorder, FM radio, FM
recorder, image viewer, video player.

8. Memory capacity
Most of the flash MP3 players come with 256MB, 512MB and 1GB. For hard
drive MP3 players, they have gigabytes of storage capacity. If you would
like to store many songs or CD collections in one, hard drive MP3 player
or micro hard drive MP3 player is a better choice for you.

								
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