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Mp3 Player

Often mobile digital audio players are marketed and sold as "portable MP3 players", even if they also support other file formats and media types. Other types of electronic devices which can also act as a like mobile digital media player, but only have those media playback features as a secondary function, are Mobile phonessmartphonestablets.

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Golla Smart Bag for Mobile Devices/MP3 Players

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It has a Carabiner that aids to attach it to a belt loop, backpack or any other bag with a sturdy strap. The Velcro closure on the front on the bag offers you speedy access, all whilst preventing things from slipping out accidentally.

 

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OPPO BDP-105D Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Player

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The Roku Streaming Stick (similar to Roku two) adds even more streaming choices for your OPPO BDP-105 Blu-ray player. Plug the Streaming Stick into the MHL port of the Roku-Ready OPPO Blu-ray Player

 

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Are you looking for an MP3 player but am not sure which type and model to buy? There is a wide variety of MP3 players out there, from flash memory based players to hard drive based players. Choosing a good player from the market is no easy task. What features should you look for? What are the key considerations? This article aims to answer those questions and more.

 

Types of MP3 player

 

There are essentially four types of MP3 players in the market today. These include flash-based players, hard-drive based players and MP3 CD players. Let's look at them in turn.

 

Hard-drive based MP3 players

 

Hard-drive based MP3 players use a 1.8-inch hard disk drive to store your music. The hard disk can hold large amounts of music - we're talking about 10GB and above. If you have a large music library and want to store tons of music, a hard-drive based MP3 player is the way to go. The cost per megabyte is very low. The downside? Well, due to the hard disk drive, which has moving parts, these players are not suited for rough physical activity or extreme sports. One of the most popular MP3 players in this category is the Apple iPod, which is selling like hot cakes out there.

 

Micro hard-drive based MP3 players

 

More recently, manufacturers have come up with micro hard-drive based MP3 players like the Apple iPod Mini, Creative Zen Micro and Rio Carbon. Featuring a smaller hard drive (which still gives ample storage space of about 4 to 5 GB), they have a much more compact design compared to full fledged hard disk players. The few models mentioned above are selling like crazy too.

 

key Features of MP3 Players

 

Having looked at the different types of MP3 players, let's look at the key features of an MP3 player.

 

Size and weight:

 

If you're looking to bring your MP3 player on trips or on sporting activities, a small compact design is very important. In such cases, you should go for a small flash based player or one of the micro hard drive players.

 

Storage capacity:

 

This is an important factor too. If you need to store your whole music library into the MP3 player, then you probably need a hard drive based player with 10GB of storage or above. If you only want a few select songs to listen to on the subway, then a flash based player would suffice. Do take note that some players offer expansion slots in the form of CompactFlash or SD cards.

 

Battery Life: 

 

This is often overlooked. Battery life is a very important consideration, especially if you're out with your player and have no way to recharge. Hard disk players tend to have lithium-ion rechargeable batteries while some flash players offer AAA battery support. I personally own a Creative MuVo Micro N200 which uses AAA batteries. This is great for me because once it runs out, I can just pop in a new one - no hassles about finding some electrical socket to recharge.

Often when looking for an mp3 player people get confused and are unsure on what they should be looking for in the product. There are so many different types of mp3 players out there, they come in flash memory, they come with a built in hard drive and you also have the option of using CD to make mp3 playable disc. On top of this you will also have to choose what sort of brands you want, the capacity of the mp3 player and how much it will store and are there any extra features that you want. This is no easy task so let’s answer some of these questions now.

 

When we talk about types of mp3 players there are currently 3 categories on the market. Flash based players, hard-drive based players and mp3 CDs. Let’s talk about these.

 

  • Flash Based Players

 

Flash based players are the tiniest mp3 players. They contain a built in flash memory chip and contain no moving parts. Because of their portability, size and the fact that they house no moving parts means that they are the perfect solution if you are going to be listening to your music sport activities. There is one major problem however with these types of mp3 players, they come at a high cost per megabyte of storage. There storage capabilities range from 32MB to 2GB and the most popular models seem to be those from the iRiveriFP series, Creative Muvo line series and the iPod Shuffle series.

  • Hard-Drive Based Players

 

Hard-Drive based mp3 players use a 1.8 inch hard disk drive to store music. The hard disk drives can hold huge amounts of data, most come with well over a 20 GB capacity, some will allow you to store up to 60 GB. If you want to be able to store large amounts of music on a portable device (i.e. 1000s and 1000s of songs), than a hard-drive based mp3 player is the way to go. There is however one thing you should be aware of, hard-drives contain moving parts - because of this hard-drive based mp3 player are not suitable if you want to listen to your music while involving yourself in sport. These types of players also come as micro hard-drive players which are smaller but larger than flash based players, there storage capabilities are around the 2 GB to 8 GB range. One of the most popular hard-drive based players is the Apple iPod, the bestselling hard-drive based mp3 player.

  • MP3 CD Discs/Players

 

Another option if you are looking to have a large amount of music in one unit is to burn your mp3s from your computer onto a mp3 disc. An mp3 disc is a regular CD with mp3s burnt onto it as data. You can normally fit about 150 - 200 mp3s on an mp3 disc and then place it in a CD player that plays mp3 encoded disc. The down side of mp3 discs is that they are of the larger scale and if knocked or bumped will tend to skip a lot.

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