Thursday, March 30, 2006
The consumer should be aware of how MP3 players work and look for a model that suits his lifestyle before buying. Many digital audio devices have display screens. These screens are usually quite small, but if you‚Äôre interested in seeing what tunes are playing and who the artist is, and want to move songs around and scroll through playlists, you need a good display screen that‚Äôs visible and can be read easily.
Be sure you‚Äôre aware of the types of files that can be downloaded onto the player before you buy it. The MP3 format is standard on most computers, but music can be stored in other formats that might not work with your player. Also, think about the software that might be involved. Just about all MP3 players come with some sort of software that make it possible for you to create playlists and transfer music files. Make sure the player you choose comes with software that you can understand and install without a hitch on your home computer.
Another factor to consider is file storage capability. If you‚Äôre interested in downloading thousands of songs and storing them on your player, you‚Äôll need to get what‚Äôs called a hard drive model MP3 player. This kind of player is good for listening at home or work but may be a bit unwieldy at the gym. For use while exercising, and for storage of a hundred or so songs, try what‚Äôs called a flash-based MP3 player. This type of player is compact, streamlined and extremely portable ‚Äì pocket-sized, in fact. It‚Äôs perfect for working out. For additional memory, you can purchase a memory card that will expand the flash model‚Äôs song storage capability.
For easy downloading of music files with the player, most people use the USB ports on their desktop computers. Both Macs and PCs have USB ports. The MP3 player connects to this port through a special cable that often comes with the player itself. Once connected, the player is immediately recognized on the screen by the computer, and it‚Äôs easy to start downloading files from there.
FireWire is the other way of connecting your MP3 to a computer. FireWire is usually found on Mac computers. In terms of downloading files, it works faster than the USB port. It also requires an extra cable for hook-up.