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How to Choose a MP3 Player

Jul 16, 2008
Purchasing anything for entertainment purposes is going to be expensive, especially when talking about mp3 players. With more brands and companies getting into the music business and producing mp3 players, there are naturally more choices for consumers to compare. If you're looking into buying an mp3 player then you probably shouldn't simply choose one that's sitting on a shelf in the store.

For starters, there are plenty of these music players that may have way more capabilities and uses then what you could ever need it for. In addition, another issue to consider is whether or not you'd like to view photos, movies, and games as well. Here are some mp3 player issues to think about if you're going to break down and buy one of those sleek little music toys in the store.

Amount of Space: First and foremost, one should most likely consider how much music they have on their computers or compact discs to be transferred to their mp3 player that they want to buy. There are all sorts of mp3 players with varied amounts of space that one can have. For example, the Apple iPod Classic can hold 160 Gigabytes of music space, which should be more than enough for any average music lover.

It can hold about 40,000 songs and over 150 hours of video files. Of course, there are plenty of smaller options to choose from as well in the mp3 player arena. For example, mp3 players can be purchased all the way down to a small 512 megabyte player, which can hold about 150 or so song files.

Use of the Player: The second issue that one should consider about an mp3 player is what they'll be using it for. Since the amount of music space that can be purchased ranges from very small to very large, there are plenty of mp3 player brands available for all sorts of uses.

For example, a person who is a jogging enthusiast may only require a small player than can easily fit inside a pocket or clip onto a shirt. On the other hand, a disc jockey may want to invest in a very large mp3 player that can hold thousands of songs in order to make it easier to access and hook up to a sound system for a party or dance.

Movies, Pictures, and other Uses: As mentioned, there are some mp3 players like some of the Apple iPod versions that can easily store movie and picture files. This can be a great purchase if you plan to watch movies quite frequently or if you'd like to store your favorite pictures to show off to everyone. On the other hand, students can benefit from having an mp3 player since they're able to store documents, school papers, and various other files as well.

In addition, business professionals can easily store computer files and presentations for their work on their mp3 player if they so choose. Computer files are so easy to access from any location from an mp3 player since virtually all computers have at least one or two USB ports to use.

Consumers definitely have a lot of choices when it comes to the mp3 player industry. Both small and large mp3 players are available, but you need to take into account the amount of songs you'll want to store, what use the player will have, as well as whether or not any other files will need to be stored on the device.
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