MP3s - And Of Course, The Apple iPod

If you are one of those people who love listening to music, surfing the net, or watching the weather on the go, chances are you would be carrying an MP3 player wherever you go. And today, the Apple iPod MP3 player is not just a way to listen to your favorite music tracks, it’s a fashion statement!

The race to the finish line when it comes to audio playing devices goes to the ostentatious MP3. Music downloading is big business with a lot of controversies following it. With the advent of controlled media overload, controversy or not, the hot ticket to music importing comes in the form of this very popular gadget. With the newer, more sophisticated version of the Apple iPod, web browsing, mail with photo viewing, full handheld computer, portable video player, and a lot more is possible.

1. What is an MP3 and how does it work?

An MP3 is a popular digital audio encoding format. A format is used to create a file so it can be transferred to computers or a device such as an MP3. MP3 or short-cut for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 is something like a JPEG, which is an image compression format. However, MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, as the format name implies is a compression format that transfers audio, as in songs or spoken words instead of images to a player or electronic device.

2. Types of MP3 players

MP3 players come in different shapes and sizes. They have different sizes of memory and styles that suit your personality and needs.

  • Hard-drive based players store all songs you can purchase, the memory is huge and is right for those just storing as much music as they can
  • Micro hard-drive based players use miniature hard drives
  • Flash based players are the original MP3 players. It is designed to have no moving parts for shockproof operations. This type is good for joggers or people who spend most of their time in the gym.
  • MP3 CD players are portable CD players that can read data CDs filled with digital music

3. What to consider when purchasing an MP3 player

An Apple iPod is just one of the most popular MP3 players. There are other types of MP3 players in the market. In order to make your life easier when choosing an audio player, these are the primary factors to consider.

  • Performance
  • Sound quality
  • Battery Life
  • Buyers’ lifestyles
  • Style and design
  • Size of memory (capacity or storage)
  • Costs
  • Brands
  • Music services
  • Displays (brightness, colour, size of fonts)
  • Features

The Apple iPod is just one of the kinds of MP3 players being sold in the market. If you are in the market for one you might want to investigate each type of player. Manufacturers are always adding more features to set their products apart from the other existing leading brands.

The Apple iPod supports iTunes and before you choose your ultimate player you should also consider where your music is coming from so that your device can play whatever is the format of your music origin. In case of Apple iPods, the online music store you can download music from is iTunes. Format wars from different manufacturers restrict what is an ideal download of music from any online music store so that a consumer needs to check out carefully before choosing the right MP3 player before a purchase is made.

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