If you're thinking of buying a digital audio player, the
most important thing to consider is what makes you
happy as you listen to the music you love. If it's too
complicated will it put you off using it? The following
guide will help you to decide which features and
model are right for you.
If you already have a large digital music collection, make sure that your new MP3 player is compatible with the file format your songs are in. Most modern MP3 players will play most file formats, but it's worth double-checking to avoid disappointment
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What is an MP3?
How do MP3's work?
What is an iPod
Which iPod is best for you?
iPod ShuffleThe colourful, clip-and-go iPod shuffle. With buttons, VoiceOver and playlists. Great for running and people on the go.
iPod NanoAt just 5.4mm thin - and about the size of a credit card - the iPod nano nano is the thinnest iPod ever made. The 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display is nearly twice as big as the display on the previous iPod nano, so you can see more of the music, photos and videos you love. Buttons let you quickly play, pause, change songs or adjust the volume. The smooth new anodised aluminium design makes iPod nano feel as good as it sounds. And iPod nano wouldn't be iPod nano without gorgeous, hard-to-choose-from colours
iPod TouchFun was built into every millimetre of the new thinner, lighter iPod touch. It does more than ever, more powerfully than ever, from playing games to playing music to just playing around. And everything looks tremendous on the 4-inch Retina display. Take photos on the amazing iSight camera, use the panoramic feature to shoot your favourite skyline and upload them instantly to Facebook over Wifi.
iPod ClassicWith 160GB of storage, iPod classic is the take-everything-everywhere iPod. iPod classic can hold up to 40,000 songs, 200 hours of video, 25,000 photos or any combination. And you get up to 36 hours of battery life, so you can keep on rocking for a long, long time.
|Approx no of MP3 files||120||370||1,000||5,000||10,000||20,000||40,000|
MP3is a file format itself, but there are several other formats for compressing music as well. The 3 main formats are:
WMA- WMAis Microsoft's compressed music file format. It was designed to use half the space of standard MP3 files, allowing you to fit more music onto your MP3 player and it incorporates DRM (Digital Rights Management) allowing the files to be copy protected.
AAC(Advanced Audio Codec)- This is another compressed music file format developed jointly by a group of companies that include Nokia. It was designed to be an improvement on MP3 and also incorporates DRM (Digital Rights Management). This is the file format used by Apple for the Ipod and Itunes.
ATRAC(Adaptive Transform Accoustic Coding) - ATRAC is Sony's compressed music file format. It compresses files up to 33% smaller, fitting more music onto your MP3 player.
All MP3players are compatible with MP3 files and most of them are usually compatible with other formats such as the ones mentioned above. Most download websites store their music in a particular format, so you would need to check the compatibility of a website with your MP3 player before downloading.
Some MP3 players have extra features as well as playing music, such as:
USB - Most MP3 playersconnect to a PC via a USB port, usually via a USB cable but some can connect directly into a PC without the need for a cable.
Lightning connectorApple's new 9-pin iOS device connector, dubbed Lightning, is 80 percent smaller than its predecessor (the 30pin connector) is all-digital, and can be plugged in either way. This connector is used for both data transfer and charging
BluetoothThis technology allows electronic devices in close range to communicate wirelessly, so you can connect your phone to your car hands-free or to another Bluetooth enabled mobile phones
Wi-fiLets you connect to the internet through a wireless network hotspot on the go or at home
Built-in FM radiotuner for listening to the radio on the move
Backlit LCD screento improve visibility in low light environments
Colour LCD screenfor viewing photo's and some even have video capability
Games/Address Book/CalendarStore your contact and save appointments in your calendar.
DRM (Digital Rights Management)This is a system that prevents illegal copying of music (and other) files. Many music download sites sell files with DRM encoding. So if you wish to use these sites you will need an MP3 player that is DRM compatible.
ID3 tagsThis is a system that allows MP3 files to display information about the music track. It is a small data file that is built into every MP3 and shows the following information, TITLE, ARTIST, ALBUM, YEAR, COMMENTS, GENRE.
Genius feature on the new iPod Touch and iPod NanoA few clicks and the new Genius feature will find the songs on you iPod Nano or Touch that go together and then it will make a Genius Play list for you!
Shake and ShuffleShake your ipod Touch or iPod Nano and it shuffles to a different song in your library.. during a call).
Protect your music player
- If your purchase breaks down and can't be fixed, it'll be replaced
- Simple claims service and no callout fee
- Protection available for up to 5 years with renewal available for appliances up to 8 years old
Terms & Conditions apply. Service Guarantee does not include some situations, for example: accidental damage, and wilful act or neglect. It is not an insurance product. Service Guarantee starts after the expiry date of the manufacturers guarantee period.
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