MP3 players play digitized music files called MP3s. These files contain recordings of actual performances, such as a song, piece of music or part of an audio book. MP3 stands for Moving Pictures Experts Group Audio Layer 3 which is a compression standard that reduces the file size of sound files while maintaining relatively high sound quality. The compression is done by taking out data that the human ear can’t hear. MP3 players are also called digital audio players, personal music players, or digital media player.
Computers are used to download songs onto MP3 players. People use computers for many other things besides putting music on their MP3s. Downloading and uploading music and other files is done with software. The software that comes with an MP3 player is called some kind of “media player”. There are many different media players on the market, but most work more or less in the same way.
How to use the computer to copy your music to MP3
To use a computer to copy songs onto an MP3 player, you need a cable for hooking up the two devices. The cable looks like a headphone cord, but is slightly thicker near the end that plugs into the computer. One end of this cord goes into the MP3 player’s “line-out” socket. This is a stereo jack on an MP3 player and can be anywhere on its body. Some players have a line-out socket on their top, front or bottom. Others have a socket on the side that can be reached by pulling back a rubber flap covering the socket. There is also a line-out socket near the headphone jack; this socket, which is smaller than the headphone socket, has three metal bands inside it rather than two.
The line-out socket on an MP3 player has a function that is similar to the headphone socket found on most music players. This means that sound from the computer can be played through headphones or speakers attached to the MP3 player. The end of the line-out plug with two bands inside it is used for this purpose. The other end of the cord with three bands is plugged into the computer’s “line-in” socket. This socket, which can also be found on most music players, is used for recording sound from other devices onto the computer.
The downloading process
The MP3 player software will allow you to choose what files are copied onto it. You just click on one song at a time to select it, then click the ‘copy’ button. The software will ask you what kind of file you want to use for the song. One option is “MP3”; this is the format most people use today because it allows them to choose how many different songs, they want on one player. Another choice is “WAV”. This is an uncompressed file which means that the sound quality is better but the files are larger…
The MP3 player also allows you to choose a folder where the songs will be copied from inside your music collection. When you have found out where all of your music is stored, you will be able to choose which songs go onto your MP3 player. The software will automatically sort the files according to their name, artist, and album names. This process is called “tagging”.
Additional info about MP3:
- The MP3 player comes with its own rechargeable battery inside it, just like most mobile phones. You can also buy an extra battery for continuous use. The battery is recharged using a cable. One end of the cable plugs into the MP3 player’s USB socket, which is also used for connecting to a computer. The other end has a plug that goes into an electrical outlet where it can be recharged.
- The MP3 player usually comes with headphones but you might want to buy better ones. Some MP3 players let you buy special headphones that have a colored cord so they can be easily identified as yours. When you put earphones on, the music will only play in your ears and not from speakers attached to your computer or MP3 player. This is called “noise cancelling” because it blocks out all background noise from your surroundings.
- Although MP3 players are usually much smaller than music players, they have enough memory to hold between two and ten thousand songs – that’s about as many as a CD can hold. To copy all of your favourite songs onto an MP3 player is easy with the help of some new software. If you also want to put videos and photos on your MP3 player, you can do that too.
People who are always on the move use MP3 players to listen to music while sitting in traffic jams or during long walks. If you want to listen to music for this purpose, then an MP3 player is perfect for you!