Unless you live under a rock, you have heard at least the following terms: “iPod”, “iPod Nano”, “iPod Shuffle”, “mp3 player”, “iTunes”, “podcast”, “rip”.
Although you have heard the terms, you may not be 100% clear regarding what these terms actually mean. Or you may have seen people carrying these small devices with headphones and wondered what exactly those devices are and what the big problem is.
So what are these devices and why are they so popular? This article is an overview of the mp3 player device, it is an evolution, a glossary of relevant terms and options you have when purchasing an mp3 player, specifically an iPod.
Specifically, this article covers:
- Glossary of commonly used terms (what is iPod, iPod Nano, mp3 player, etc.)
- Compared to iPod with other audio listening devices
- Other major brands of mp3 players on the market
- How can I use an iPod?
- IPod battery and battery life
Glossary of commonly used terms (iPod, iPod Nano, mp3 player, etc.)
The brand name of the portable media player created by a company called "Apple Computer".
IPod was first launched in 1991.
The term iPod is also referred to as a digital audio player, and is basically a device that stores, organizes and plays digital music files (for example: mp3 files). It is further referred to as the "MP3 Player". Ipod can
IPod can also function as an external data storage device (i.e. files other than audio and video), but Apple has made a strategic decision to focus on developing and marketing it on the simple iPod user interface (iPod user interface) and ease of use rather than technical ability.
CD players are one of the well-known precursors to digital audio players.
IPod is by far the best-selling digital audio player in the world, and it has become mainstream which makes it one of the most popular consumer brands. I've seen widespread demographic use of these things, from 8-year-olds to 80-year-old grandmothers.
Digital Audio Player (DAP)
The name of a device that stores, organizes, and plays digital music files (for example: mp3 files). It is further referred to as the "MP3 Player".
For the most part, DAP devices are portable and use internal or replaceable batteries and headphones. Accessories are available that allow users to connect players to both car and home stereos. Some DAPs include features such as FM radio and microphones for audio recording. This technology is still developing at an increasing rate. DAPs are now available on sunglasses (Oakley "Thump" offers the world's first digital audio glasses for only $ 229).
Portable media player (PMP)
The name of a versatile device that can store and play files in one or more media formats, such as video, audio, and digital photos / images. Some models are capable of recording video and audio.
The best part is that it is portable, as its name suggests.
Name for type of audio files'. According to Wikipedia (which is a free online encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/), it is a digital audio format.
For more information on this topic and to view the history of mp3 files, see the full Wikipedia definition by clicking on the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DL
Another way to describe DAP (see dap for definition).
A term used to describe the process of copying audio and / or video data from a single media model, such as a DVD (for example, a versatile DVD) or a CD (CD), to a hard disk.
Ripping can also refer to copies of other media (referred to as "analog" media) such as VHS or vinyl video recordings to a digital format.
To conserve storage space, the copied data is usually encrypted in compressed format like MP3, WMA or Ogg Vorbis for audio, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD or Ogg Theora for video.
When dealing with digital content, shredding has many uses and purposes, which include:
Since digital video cameras can now write directly to a DVD, you can "burn" (that is, extract) this content on a computer where you can store, edit, copy or backup it. You can burn (extract) songs from various CDs, albums, DVD's, etc. to your computer or DAP. You can then take all of that music and create your own playlists where you can organize your songs in several different ways (like: rock / jazz / hip-hop, etc.).
You can also copy these songs to DAP (PMP).
You can use CD burning software / programs to burn files from one device to another.
CD Shredding Software / Software
Also referred to as "CD ripper", "CD grabber" or "CD extract". Essentially, CD burning is a program designed to extract digital audio from a CD to another file or output.
MS Windows operating system:
- Accurate audio version: Free for private use. Many enthusiasts choose this CD burning software because of its features and extraction quality compared to most other digital audio extraction programs.
- Amazing CD Ripper: (Windows XP and Vista). Powerful and easy-to-use program for burning compressed audio clips and saving them in audio formats (MP3, WAV, WMA, etc.) at a starting price of $ 19.95.
- I Tunes (Mac OS or Windows): iTunes is a digital media player application used to play and organize digital audio and video (music) files. ITunes also manages content on iPod. Additionally, Tunes can connect to the iTunes Store online from Apple Computer where you can buy digital music, music videos, TV shows, iPod games and even feature films.
Linux operating system:
- ABCDE (Better CD Encryption Tool): A CD that is fully run from the command line.
- grip: CD player and ripping CD program. Free (GNOME Project).
- Sound juicer: Extract audio from CDs and convert them into audio files that PCs or DAPs can play.
A multimedia file distributed (paid or unpaid) over the Internet for playback on mobile devices and computers. Podcasting is a way to listen to radio-like programs, watch or watch TV-like videos. Basically, you download a Podcast feed into a DAP or a computer and run it as per your convenience.
It is important to repeat that you do not need a DAP to view / listen to a podcast. Your computer will work fine.
Long hours of podcast can be stored in low capacity DAP files.
A form of non-volatile computer memory that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed. Non-volatile memory is a computer memory that can store stored information even when not running, such as hard drives and floppy disks.
In addition to its use in DAPs, flash memory is also used in digital cameras (memory cards), mobile phones, and USB flash drives (which are used for public storage and data transfer between computers). It has also gained some popularity in the games tag
How iPods (and DAPs in general) compare to other audio listening devices:
Basically, iPod outperforms all the items listed below for the following reasons:
- CDs (CDs):
- CDs can get scratched and skipped, MP3s don't
- Mp3 players consume less power
- Compact, thus portable – the smallest digital audio player is about 1/20 the size of a portable CD player.
- User Interface – With CD, you must know the songs on each track if you try to select a specific song while in some mp3 players you see the song title, artist, and even the album title in a list.
- More storage – You can store thousands of audio files on the mp3 player. CD players usually play one CD at a time.
- Cassette Tape (Anyone Still Using This?):
- The straps become old and brittle
- The straps can jam into the cassette player
- Not fixed
- Only listen to the songs you want to hear
- No commercials
The main brands of DAPs on the market:
Although iPod is the most popular DAP on the market today, other brands do exist, such as:
- Apple Computer: iPod **
- Creative technology: Creative NOMAD, MuVo, Creative Zen **
- Sony: Walkman, PlayStation Portable
- Toshiba: Gigabeat
- Microsoft: Operator **
- Samsung: Yepp
- SanDisk: Sansa
- Cowon's: iAudio
** – Indicates that this DAP tag requires a unique program to upload content to it.
How can I use an iPod?
Over time, new uses of DAPs can be found. You can now buy iPods that allow you to:
- listen to the music
- Listen to / show podcasts
- Playing games
- Feature length movies
- Watch home videos
- Store pictures and other files
- Audio and video recording
IPod battery and battery life
The battery on all iPods is not replaceable and is not designed to be removed or replaced by the user. Some users managed to open the case to replace the battery, as some online stores sell it. Initially, Apple will not replace obsolete batteries. Their official policy was that the customer should purchase a refurbished replacement iPod, at a cost almost equal to the cost of a new one. In the end all lithium-ion batteries lose their capacity during their lifetime, and this situation has led to a small market for third-party battery replacement kits.
In 2003, Apple announced a battery replacement program. Initial cost was $ 99, but was eventually reduced to $ 59 in 2005. A week later, Apple provided an extended warranty on iPod of $ 59.
Third-party companies offer cheaper battery packs that often use higher capacity batteries (for example: www.iPodBatteryDepot.com). For iPod nano welding tools are needed because the battery is welded to the motherboard. On the 5th generation of iPod, the battery is attached to the back panel with adhesive.
Apple states that the iPod 30G 5G provides up to 14 hours of audio playback. This gives you an idea of how long your device will play the tunes at one cost … in the best scenario. However, for real-world use, many users report a battery life of less than 8 hours with a 30GB iPod video.
If you are wondering if you should jump and jump. I say time is now!