Your Favorite Music Anywhere - MP3 Portable Players Combine
Listening Pleasure and Convenience
Love music? Now take your favorite songs anywhere with one of
the hot new mp3 portable players on the market. Some are as tiny
as a pendant. And from the deepest lows to sharpest highs, the
digital sound is fantastic!
Made by Apple, iPod is synonymous with portable mp3 players. The
popular iPod Shuffle is about the size of a pack of gum. The
Dell Jukebox and portable players from Creative Labs, Archos,
iRiver, Rio, Sony, Samsung, iRock, and many more have an
incredible array of features.
Easy-to-use software lets you rip tunes from your CD collection
in mp3 format and load hundreds or even thousands of songs in
your player. Some players can even burn tunes directly from a
built-in FM tuner, a CD player, or other source.
MP3 Revolutionizes Music Enjoyment
Until 1989 the traditional digital music format was the WAV
file. Basically a digital conversion of the analog wave-form
signal, it provided high quality sound recordings. But a 4 to 5
minute song consumed up to 50MB of memory. By selectively
discarding sounds inaudible to the human ear, the mp3 format was
able to store the same song in less than 5MB. Some formats like
WMA and OGG can cut that to around 2MB with even higher quality
With the advent of flash memory and tiny hard drives known as
micro-drives, by the late 1990's manufacturers began introducing
small digital music players. And today some portable music
players can store thousands of songs, photos and other data in a
portable player about the size of a deck of cards!