With MP3 players, consumers become their own disc jockey, picking the songs they want to hear when they want to hear them.
Potentially hundreds or thousands of songs are at the listener's fingertips. Songs can be ordered into a playlist by genre, artist or mixed into random order. The first step to creating a playlist is finding songs. That's not a problem - there are many sources for MP3 files.
If you have a collection of CDs and want to convert those CDs to MP3 files, you can use ripper and encoder software. Some MP3 players come with such software. A ripper copies a song's file from the CD onto your hard disk. The encoder then compresses the song into the MP3 format, allowing it to be downloaded to your MP3 player.
The basic process for ripping is as follows, although steps will vary based on individual software programs:
- Place the CD into the CD drive of your computer.
- Select the track for the song you want to convert to MP3 format.
- Convert the track.
- Copy the new MP3 file to your hard disk.
- Download the MP3 file to your MP3 player.
For Free and For Fee
Yet another option is subscription-based plans like Rhapsody. These services provide all the songs you want at one flat fee. However, there are two types of MP3 files that affect the subscription or song purchase: copy-protected and unprotected. The first ensures that the songs cannot be file-shared. If your subscription lapses, you can no longer play the songs. Music is also encoded with digital rights management technology - anti-copying software - to enforce the subscription agreement or limit the amount of times the song can be burned. The second, unprotected files - offered on sites like eMusic - is unrestricted, and once downloaded, can be used indefinitely.
Prices of US$15-20 for card reader MP3 players
Several producers of memory card readers in Taiwan, including Abocom Systems and Bright Computech, have quoted US$15-20 for OEM production of MP3 players equipped with card readers, which will compete directly with higher priced MP3 players equipped with flash or HDDs (hard disk drives)Card reader MP3 players are inferior to flash-based or HDD MP3 players in terms of power consumption, quality of music and software support, local makers of flash-based MP3 players pointed out. In addition, most of small memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital), MS (Memory Stick) and CF (Compact Flash) have storage capacities of 128MB or 256MB, much lower than usually 512MB or even 1GB for flash-based MP3 players, the makers noted
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