MP3 Player Buying Guide

Follow installation steps precisely. For instance, note if the player should or shouldn't be connected during software installation.

Look for players that use standard or rechargeable AA or AAA batteries. Non-removable batteries are least desirable; when they no longer hold a charge, the player must be professionally serviced.

Don't interrupt a firmware upgrade to the player. You risk causing it permanent damage

Some let you record from an audio system onto the player without a computer. Upgradeable firmware, available in some models, can shield your player from obsolescence should newer encoding schemes or variations of MP3 compression become popular. The more additional formats a model can play, the more flexibility you have in downloading and transferring music files now as well as in the future.

Check that the player will be compatible with your Windows or Mac computer, including the operating systems your computer uses. Your computer will need to support USB.

Test out your ripping (recording) process by setting the bit rate at which to encode. The application software default settings on the computer may not be at CD-quality setting.

Check out the manufacturer's web site for upgrades of firmware and software; it's common to find them there.
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