Cassette Tapes and CD’s have all but went extinct in the Portable Music Players Market. In steps the MP3 player a fully digital audio music player that stores songs on a hard drive in a compressed format called a MP3. As you are reading this article Mp3 players are the hottest selling consumer electronic device in recent history, and are popular world wide. There popularity is achieved by almost perfect sound quality and the convenience of portability. Music on a MP3 player can be arranged and sorted in any way that is desired by the user.
The cool thing about MP3 players is that you can find them in just about every size imaginable, with many features. You will find MP3 players storage capacities ranging from 512 megs to 250 gigs. The prices you will encounter are determined by many various options including storage size and video capabilities.
A fairly recent feature that is hugely popular now is the ability to watch movies and view pictures. This is a big determination for MP3 purchasers recently. How convenient is it to be able to watch a movie while taking a long car ride or waiting on your name to be called in an appointment type setting. And now you don’t have to take up space in your wallet or purse with family pictures, you can store hundreds of them on your MP3 player.
A new offering on current MP3 players is the option to listen to FM radio with a included FM Tuner. When and if you ever get tired of the songs you have stored on your MP3 player, you can switch over to your favorite radio station.
A new digital audio player that has recently come online and is quickly rising in ranks is the combination MP3-MP4 player. The new MP4 format is similar in size to the MP3 format but provides a superior sound quality. The prices of the combo players are very expensive compared to the MP3 players because of there newness, but look for the prices to come down as new companies enter this market.
An item that we are seeing hugely popular now is the combination cell phone music player. You can easily load songs onto your cell phone via your PC or straight to your phone with one of the many online music providers. Consumers are loving the fact that they no longer have to carry around two device, and can make phone calls and listen to music with one device. They have recently become a better seller than your regular MP3 player.
There are three major types of MP3 players that you will find.
1. MP3 players with a built in Flash hard drive. These are a great choice for the active types who like to listen to music while working out or playing sports. You will not have problems with your music skipping as your MP3 player gets shaken. Most of the newer music phones and iPod products are solid state players and come in 1 gigabyte to 32 gigabyte offerings.
2. Digital Music players with compact hard drives are jokingly called juke boxes because of there ability to store huge amounts of songs. Apple’s iPod classic comes in this group, but the drawback is since it has a hard drive that spins, they are subject to skipping when bumped. Juke boxes can be found in storage sizes up to a whopping 250 gig.
3. The final type of MP3 player to be discussed is the CD MP3 player. This is your regular portable CD player with the ability to play MP3 songs off of a regular CD. They boast no internal storage and are the least popular of all of the digital music players due to there size.
The top brands selling the most MP3 players is Apple’s iPod line of MP3 players, followed by a not so close Microsoft’s Zune. iPods boast a 60% market share with all of the other brands spread out fairly evenly. Samsung is topping the market in the digital phone, music player combo market.
Most of the compression formats are supported by the current MP3 players on the market including, MP3, aac, wav, aiff, and wma. Mp3 is by far the most popular format being used and is universal among all digital audio players. Look for the quickly rising MP4 format to make a big statement in popularity very soon.
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