MP3s Made Easy
by Keith Kingston
The MP3 movement started out with a huge audience
of music enthusiasts on the internet. The MP3 digital
music format has had, and will continue to have,
a huge impart on how people, gather, listen to and
The MP3 format is a compression system for digital
music that helps reduce the size of a digitized
song without disturbing the sound quality. Digital
music is converted to MP3 format and made available
for use, usually via the web. MP3 files can be downloaded
onto your computer from the internet and special
software, either commercial or freeware. Using your
computer and software you can convert digital music
from a CD into MP3 format.
MP3 files can be played in three different ways:
They can be played directly onto your computer.
They can be decompressed and recorded onto a CD.
These files can be played on a portable MP3 player.
The advantage of MP3 players is that they are small,
lightweight and rugged. They are a great way to
carry your MP3 files with you!
With a portable MP3 player, a personal computer,
and the appropriate software, you can do the following:
Obtain free or low-cost music from the web.
Create your own mix of music by downloading MP3
files from the web and converting the tracks from
Listen to near-CD quality music wherever you go.
Listen to more music (up to 10 hours' worth).
If you want to convert your songs from your CDs
into MP3 files, you can use ripper and encoder software.
A ripper copies a song's file from the CD onto your
hard disk. The encoder compresses the song into
the MP3 format. By encoding songs, you can play
them on your computer or take them with you on your
MP3 player. The ripper and encoder software may
come with your MP3 player.
The specific instructions will vary with the individual
software programs, but the following steps will
definitely take place:
Place the CD from which you want to convert songs
into your drive.
Select the track(s) that you want to convert to
Convert the selected track(s).
Copy the new MP3 files on to your computer's hard
Now you are ready to download these MP3 files into
your portable MP3 player.
Once you have MP3 files on your computer, you can
use the software that came with your MP3 player
to download the files into your MP3 player. Again,
the specific instructions will vary depending upon
your software program and player, but you will:
Create a playlist from your MP3 files.
Plug the player into your computer's parallel of
Transfer the MP3 files according to the instructions.
Once you have downloaded the MP3 files into your
portable MP3 player, you are ready to take your
music anywhere. Most MP3 players are small, lightweight,
and solid-state. Because most players are solid-state,
there are no moving parts to break down or skip,
so the sound quality is uninterrupted regardless
of your physical activity. MP3 players are equipped
with various types of headphones or earpieces.
Portable MP3 players can play music longer than
a portable CD player. The length of play for a CD
player is about 74 minutes, the length of one CD.
However, the length of play for an MP3 player depends
upon its memory capacity, which can be upgraded
on some models. A standard MP3 player can play for
about half an hour (32 MB) to a few weeks (40 GB)!
Some models can be upgraded with additional memory
About The Author
Keith Kingston is a professional web publisher,
offering information on mp3 downloads and mp3 players.
You can visit his website at http://4-mp3-downloads.com/.