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Part I: Today’s Technology > Listening to Digital Music: MP3 Players

Chapter 25. Listening to Digital Music: MP3 Players

MP3 players are a new way to listen to music. Basically, MP3 files are digital audio files that can be created on your computer’s hard disk by either copying from a commercial CD or downloading from the Internet. Once you have the file on disk, you can play it back using a software program known as a jukebox, or you can use the jukebox to transfer the file from your computer to a portable MP3 player.

The jukeboxes allow you to create your own playlists and burn your own CDs with selections of music from a variety of sources. Playlists are collections of songs ordered according to your own preferences. The jukebox software is often downloadable for free over the Internet, and many Web sites are available from which to download actual MP3 music from thousands of artists. There are even MP3 radio stations that stream MP3 music files for you to listen to via your jukebox. What’s more, software is also available to help you create your own MP3 radio stations and broadcast your own programming.


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