Portable MP3 players at affordable prices

MP3 players are the latest revolution in music portability and listening. MP3 is short for MPEG Audio Layer III, with MPEG being the acronym for Moving Picture Experts Group. An MP3 music file is a digital music file that has been decompressed. MP3 players support MP3 and often various other types of music files as well.

There are many different types and sizes of MP3 players on the market. Hard drive players offer the most storage capability, but have moving parts inside them much like a traditional CD player and the sound can skip. Alternately, players with internal memory and memory cards or memory sticks have no moving parts and while they have less storage capability, they provide better reliability and sound quality because the music will not skip.

What features and capabilities do MP3 players offer consumers? To start with, they provide a way for music lovers to store hundreds of their favorite songs on one small portable device rather than carrying about numerous CDs in a case with a CD player. Further, for biking, jogging, or other physical activity, an MP3 player is a more reliable source of take-along music. MP3 players can also be personalized with a playlist, a personally compiled list of songs in a specific order.

Sources for MP3 files vary as much as the players. There are subscription-based services online that allow subscribers to download and store music files on their computers as long as their membership is active. There is also software available that allows users to convert their CD collection into MP3 files and then burn to a CD-RW or download to the device’s memory source. This is one way for an avid music lover to condense an entire CD collection to one source.

In addition to the aforementioned sources, some MP3 players have the ability to record their user’s voice. This can be a convenient feature for both personal and business use. Along with the varied possible uses for MP3 players, they come in a variety of sizes, weights, colors, and some devices are hybrid players. Many DVD and CD players on the market also support and play MP3 files.