Digital Audio Players: A Guide

You must have been living in a land far away, there too, probably hiding in a cave under a blanket, if you have not heard of something called an mp3 player. Well, if you are one of those people who are clueless about the mp3 revolution, but are embarrassed to admit it, look no further, because help is at hand, and this write-up is just that. Well, to say it in one line then, first were the cassette players, the CD players followed suit and now is the era of the mp3 and digital mp3 players.

Cassettes and tapes were the first option given to people to record and store their favorite music which they could then easily hear by playing the tape on any standard cassette player. Making subsequent copies of the songs from a tape led to erosion of quality and clarity of voice. What followed were the compact discs, which provided much superior quality, and could be played on standard CD players, which were generally of a large size. Moreover, with time, the discs got scratched, no matter how well you took care of them. Once scratched, they would skip and jump while playing songs, thus marring the whole experience of listening music.

One basic disadvantage of both these old school technologies was that we needed to carry the complete music albums when we may have liked some of them. What followed was the mp3 revolution, which introduced the mp3 players, formally known as the digital mp3 players. The technology allowed us to compress the large size audio files present on the audio discs into a much smaller sized digital format, all the while retaining the quality of the sound. Thus, virtually, the capacity was to double, or in other words, the storage space required now would be a tenth of that used earlier.

The digital mp3 players thus allow us much more storage space, and provide equally good quality and clarity of voice. The large storage space is provided either by flash memories or micro drives, which are nothing but miniature hard drives, which provide much higher storage spaces than ever thought possible. The small and compact design coupled with a simple and user friendly interface, make these portable music players a hit among the listeners, who are willing to shell out those extra few hundred bucks to get their hands on the players which employ the latest technologies and offer the best quality.

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