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Chapter 3. Getting and Playing MP3 Files > Choosing and Using an MP3 Player

3.1. Choosing and Using an MP3 Player

At this writing, there are several hundred different MP3 players out there, with new ones appearing practically on a weekly basis. While the lion's share of players exist only for the Microsoft Windows platform, there are great players for Mac OS, Unix/Linux, and BeOS as well (of course there are players for just about every audio-capable operating system in existence, but we cover just these four platforms in this book). MP3 players vary radically from one to the next. Some are more efficient than others, some have groovy psychedelic interfaces, some work only from the command line, some can be extended to do things their authors never dreamed of by way of plug-ins, and so on. You have some choices to make.

While this book gives URLs for most of the tools covered, you'll find plenty more by surfing around the "players," "encoders," or "software" sections of sites such as http://www.mp3.com, http://www.emusic.com, http://www.mp3now.com, http://www.mp3-tech.org, and hundreds of other dedicated MP3 web sites.


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