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4. Music and Videos > 4.1. Playing Music Files

Playing Music Files

Besides playing games (which I’ll get to in the next chapter), the most common entertainment purpose computers are put to is playing music. Linux has dozens of programs for playing MP3 files and nearly every other digital music format.

Digital Audio Files

A CD, even a music CD, is nothing more than a storage device similar to a hard drive or a floppy disk, designed to hold a certain amount of data. The recording industry standards call for music CDs to hold 650 MB of data. (Recordable CDs for computers can now hold up to 700 MB.) Each song on a music CD takes up a certain amount of space depending upon how long it is—35 MB is pretty typical. So, a 12-song album takes up around 420 MB on the CD, whereas an album with 20 songs usually needs to be put on two CDs because it uses more than 650 MB of space. To make a digital music file you must use a software program to


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