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Total Jack ***** Question About MP3 Players.

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by mossy500camo, Dec 6, 2004.


  1. mossy500camo

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    My youngest son wants a MP3 player for Christmas. What the Heck is a MP3 player? Who,what, when, where and how does an MP3 player work? What is needed to make it work properly? Told I had a Total Jack$$ Question. LOL!:)
     

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    Where to start...

    mp3 is a popular file format that does a decent job at compressing music down in size without much loss of clarity.

    Commonly they are either found online trading or at free/pay download sites.

    An audio cd can be "ripped" (copied) to your computer and converted to mp3 using software.

    An mp3 player is like a walkman that plays mp3 files (and sometimes other files), downloaded from your computer or other source.

    To make it work you need it, a computer and maybe batteries oh and headphones.

    Google it, or go buy a computer mag that has an article about what is out. The last issue of Computer Shopper had a good one, it may stilll be on the shelves.
     

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    If you want your son to think you are the coolest Dad in the world, get him an Apple iPod-Mini.

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    Everything you need to get started is included but the music. He'll know were to get that. ;f
     
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    spend the extra and get the full fledged ipod. the best portable mp3 player on the market today. the de-facto standard.
     
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    The bigger iPod's are great. I have iPod 40gig with about 2600 songs on it now. I have iTunes installed on a seperate PC that I can reach on any of my other PC's to play the library of songs.

    Prices:
    iPod mini = 249 - 1000 songs
    iPod 20 = 299 - 5000 songs
    iPod 40 = 399 - 10000 songs

    Of course these might be a little pricy for his youngster.
     
  6. Washington D.C.

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    Normally MP3 music files are converted on a computer from music CD's.MP3's take up less space in memory than CD type music.The MP3 players have memory in them that stores the music.The MP3 player needs to be hooked up to the computer to load it's memory or change it.Portable MP3 players run on batteries and can be carried like portable radios.
     
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    Cool! Thanks for all of the info.:)
     
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    When I rip music to windows med. player(vers.10) how can I burn it as a mp3 CD?
     
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    $299+ for a 12 yr old to carry around, lose or whatever else?;P I dont think so. Thanks anyways. Maybe a gocart or something.;H
     
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    The IPOD's are top-end units. They are cool and you would get major bonus points. However, you can find much cheaper solutions. Some portable CD players will play MP3 files on a CD.

    Units that use memory cards can be found much cheaper. For example Sandisk makes MP3 players that can be had on sale for well under $100. It seems like I have seen some for under $50.
     
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    can you only use itunes with the ipod?
     
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    I think Real Networks has Ipod compatible files.They were sued by Apple and Apple lost.
     
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    WMP rips to the WMA format. If you want to do a good job, you could look at sourceforge.net for CD ripping software. The reason I personally prefer the MP3 format is that it is more universal, and is not owned by just one of the major companies (ie: the WMA format is owned by Microsoft).

    To make the CD, just make a data CD and drag the files onto it.
     
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    so is there a player that will accept mp3's you already have on your pc and ones from services such as rhapsody?
     
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    Probably the best and cheapest solution for a 12 y/o is a diskman/portable cd player that will play data CDs with mp3s on them.

    Its the same as burning a music CD, except you choose to create a data CD, and then load it up with mp3 songs that you've downloaded.
     
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    You'd think with small digital audio tapes,mini CD's and mini DVD's and better quality MP3 formats that people would stop using disks the size of full size movie DVD's.Even on musix CD's there is space reserved for video that is not even used.I remember those huge boxes people kept in the cars to store 8-tracks.8mm and Betamax are better than VHS but people still go with the VHS tapes.At least those 12 inch laser disks are fading out.
     
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    Cool Thanx!;)
     
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    The owner of a popular web site I help out with got me an iPod Mini for Christmas, and this thing...well, ROCKS! Sure, it only holds 4 gig but it was free and I don't really have that much music.

    Itunes will happily send any pre-existing mp3's you might have to the iPod so while it is best to use iTunes with an iPod, there is no problem using any mp3's you might already have with it. I don't know if iTunes will work with any other mp3 players (my wife has an RCA media card based player I got her for her birthday last year but since getting the iPod I don't care to deal with that anymore.) Couple it with a casette adapter for my Jeep and I have tunes to go everywhere!

    Other hard disk based mp3 players may be okay, but the iPod is the defacto standard.

    My experience with CD mp3 portables is that they skip, but then your kid will probably not be bouncing around in a Jeep so they are still a viable (and cheaper) alternative. Look for features such as remembering where it was when turned off and ease of searching/finding the tracks. CD's with mp3's can hold more than 100+ songs so that becomes important!