MP3s and players
                                                                            An introduction




         ...
What is an MP3?
You can listen to music on these




                    Vinyl record




    Compact disc

                             C...
Or, with MP3s, on these




        Computer

                                               Mobile phone




            ...
MP3:
          A format for saving audio digitally
          (i.e. not physically, like a record).




What is an MP3?
Bit rate


          Bit rate:
          Bits per second, a measure
          of the quality of the mp3.




What is an MP...
Bit rate
                  Kbps = kilobytes per second

          96 Kbps                 low quality
              ...
  ...
How do I play MP3s
 on my computer?
Windows Media Player




         Comes installed on Windows computers.
Download from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...
iTunes




           Comes installed on Mac computers.
          Download from http://www.apple.com/itunes/

How do I pla...
Winamp




               For Windows computers only.
            Download from http://www.winamp.com/

How do I play MP3s...
What is an MP3 player?
MP3 player:
             A portable device that can be
             used to listen to audio (or
             often video) ...
Lots of options to choose from!



      iRiver

                            Creative     Microsoft




                  ...
iPods vs MP3 players?


              iPod = MP3 player by Apple




      iPod Touch         iPod Nano   iPod Classic


W...
MP3 players vs smartphones?


       Smartphone = Handheld computer
                (that happens to play MP3s)




    An...
Why should I use MP3s?
Reason #1:
                         Portability




Why should I use MP3s?
Portability




       ≈ 15 songs        ≈ 1,000 songs



Why should I use MP3s?
Reason #2:
                     Transferability




Why should I use MP3s?
Transferability




        Computer

                                      Mobile phone




                      MP3 pla...
Reason #3:
                            Cost




Why should I use MP3s?
Cost: CD ...




Why should I use MP3s?
... vs MP3




             You can buy individual songs

Why should I use MP3s?
Where can I get MP3s?
Method #1:
                        “Rip” them
            (i.e. copy them from a CD you own)




Where can I get MP3s?
Ripping CDs




        “Ripping” converts the songs to MP3
         and saves them on your computer.
Where can I get MP3s?
Amazon




                http://www.amazon.com
Where can I get MP3s?
iTunes




             http://www.apple.com/itunes
Where can I get MP3s?
emusic




                http://www.emusic.com
Where can I get MP3s?
Your local library, for audiobooks




          http://library2go.lib.overdrive.com
Where can I get MP3s?
Demonstration:
          Buying an MP3 from Amazon.com




Where can I get MP3s?
How do I get MP3s onto a player?
Method #1:
                           Syncing
       (i.e. synchronizing your MP3 player with your
               media so...
Syncing
Syncing checks what songs you have
on your MP3 player versus what's on
   your computer and copies (or
   deletes)...
Method #2:
                        Drag & drop
       (i.e. copying files from your computer to your
          MP3 player,...
MP3 player as USB drive




How do I get MP3s onto a player?
MP3 player as USB drive




How do I get MP3s onto a player?
Demonstration:
                 Copying a song from a
               computer to an MP3 player




How do I get MP3s onto ...
What's a podcast?
Podcast = iPod + broadcast
          Audio that get sent periodically
          to your computer or MP3 player
          a...
Listen when you want




What's a podcast?
What should I consider
when buying a player?
Factors to consider

Memory (GBs)             Higher memory = more
                         songs. Consider how
          ...
Factors to consider

Transferring             Is it quick & easy to get
                         songs on & off of the
   ...
Factors to consider




  Read reviews from Amazon, Consumer
Reports, Best Buy, CNET, and other sources.




What should I...
Questions?




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This presentation gives a basic overview of what MP3s and MP3 players are, why people might want to use MP3s, and other factors to consider when looking into buying MP3s or an MP3 player.

This was last presented to the Bay Area Seniors Computer Club in Coos Bay, Oregon, on August 20, 2010.

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  1. 1. MP3s and players An introduction Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen Assistant Director, North Bend Public Library This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution United 08/20/2010 States license. For more information, visit http://www.creativecommons.org
  2. 2. What is an MP3?
  3. 3. You can listen to music on these Vinyl record Compact disc Cassette What is an MP3?
  4. 4. Or, with MP3s, on these Computer Mobile phone MP3 player What is an MP3? MP3 player image source: Rugby471 on Wikimedia Commons
  5. 5. MP3: A format for saving audio digitally (i.e. not physically, like a record). What is an MP3?
  6. 6. Bit rate Bit rate: Bits per second, a measure of the quality of the mp3. What is an MP3?
  7. 7. Bit rate Kbps = kilobytes per second 96 Kbps low quality ... 128 Kbps radio quality ... 192 Kbps CD quality ... 320 Kbps very high quality  bit rate =  file size (MB) What is an MP3?
  8. 8. How do I play MP3s on my computer?
  9. 9. Windows Media Player Comes installed on Windows computers. Download from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/ How do I play MP3s on my computer?
  10. 10. iTunes Comes installed on Mac computers. Download from http://www.apple.com/itunes/ How do I play MP3s on my computer?
  11. 11. Winamp For Windows computers only. Download from http://www.winamp.com/ How do I play MP3s on my computer?
  12. 12. What is an MP3 player?
  13. 13. MP3 player: A portable device that can be used to listen to audio (or often video) files. What is an MP3 player?
  14. 14. Lots of options to choose from! iRiver Creative Microsoft And many Apple more brands Sansa What is an MP3 player?
  15. 15. iPods vs MP3 players? iPod = MP3 player by Apple iPod Touch iPod Nano iPod Classic What is an MP3 player?
  16. 16. MP3 players vs smartphones? Smartphone = Handheld computer (that happens to play MP3s) Android Blackberry iPhone What is an MP3 player?
  17. 17. Why should I use MP3s?
  18. 18. Reason #1: Portability Why should I use MP3s?
  19. 19. Portability ≈ 15 songs ≈ 1,000 songs Why should I use MP3s?
  20. 20. Reason #2: Transferability Why should I use MP3s?
  21. 21. Transferability Computer Mobile phone MP3 player What should I use MP3s?
  22. 22. Reason #3: Cost Why should I use MP3s?
  23. 23. Cost: CD ... Why should I use MP3s?
  24. 24. ... vs MP3 You can buy individual songs Why should I use MP3s?
  25. 25. Where can I get MP3s?
  26. 26. Method #1: “Rip” them (i.e. copy them from a CD you own) Where can I get MP3s?
  27. 27. Ripping CDs “Ripping” converts the songs to MP3 and saves them on your computer. Where can I get MP3s?
  28. 28. Amazon http://www.amazon.com Where can I get MP3s?
  29. 29. iTunes http://www.apple.com/itunes Where can I get MP3s?
  30. 30. emusic http://www.emusic.com Where can I get MP3s?
  31. 31. Your local library, for audiobooks http://library2go.lib.overdrive.com Where can I get MP3s?
  32. 32. Demonstration: Buying an MP3 from Amazon.com Where can I get MP3s?
  33. 33. How do I get MP3s onto a player?
  34. 34. Method #1: Syncing (i.e. synchronizing your MP3 player with your media software, such as iTunes) How do I get MP3s onto a player?
  35. 35. Syncing Syncing checks what songs you have on your MP3 player versus what's on your computer and copies (or deletes) what's on your player. How do I get MP3s onto a player?
  36. 36. Method #2: Drag & drop (i.e. copying files from your computer to your MP3 player, like moving onto a USB stick) How do I get MP3s onto a player?
  37. 37. MP3 player as USB drive How do I get MP3s onto a player?
  38. 38. MP3 player as USB drive How do I get MP3s onto a player?
  39. 39. Demonstration: Copying a song from a computer to an MP3 player How do I get MP3s onto a player?
  40. 40. What's a podcast?
  41. 41. Podcast = iPod + broadcast Audio that get sent periodically to your computer or MP3 player at your convenience. What's a podcast?
  42. 42. Listen when you want What's a podcast?
  43. 43. What should I consider when buying a player?
  44. 44. Factors to consider Memory (GBs) Higher memory = more songs. Consider how many songs you might want to keep on it. Navigation Is it easy to figure out how to play & find songs? What should I consider when buying a player?
  45. 45. Factors to consider Transferring Is it quick & easy to get songs on & off of the player? Features Can it play videos (MP4s, others)? Other types of audio (WMA, OGG)? Can you download other applications to it? What should I consider when buying a player?
  46. 46. Factors to consider Read reviews from Amazon, Consumer Reports, Best Buy, CNET, and other sources. What should I consider when buying a player?
  47. 47. Questions? View this presentation on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/nbpl/linux-desktops This presentation was made using open source software. Ubuntu Linux OpenOffice Mozilla Firefox GIMP Shutter Operating system Impress Web browser Image editor Screenshot utility Presentation program
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