How to Choose the Best MP3 Player For Listening to Audiobooks


There are so many choices of audiobooks out there that you want to have the right device to listen to them. The search for the best Mp3 player can be frustrating especially when there are so many to choose from. Here are some important questions you should ask yourself before you buy one.

How Much Memory Do I Need?

Digital CD-quality audiobooks and music takes about one megabyte (MB) of memory per minute. You can always erase the MP3 player’s contents and add more audio, but more memory is always better. My advice is to buy as much memory as you can afford. Also, check to see if the player’s memory can be expanded later.

Flash Memory, Hard Drive best mp3 player for kids?

The earliest portable MP3 players used built-in flash memory, later supplemented by plug-in memory cards, and 64MB was as large as they came. Now there are portable MP3 players with hundreds of gigs of flash memory. Hard drive MP3 players hold from 4 to 60 gigabytes or more (a gigabyte is 1,000MB). There are MP3 CD players that come with MP3 decoders built in, and they hold 700MB on inexpensive CD disks, but they are becoming dinosaurs. Finally, you can also play MP3’s and audio files on most cell phones and portable tablets.

What Kind of Files Will It Play?

All portable players work with MP3 files, but some will play WMA, OGG and other formats. Not all portable MP3 players support the protected AAC format used by iTunes, so if you buy audiobooks or music from Apple’s famous online store, be sure your player works with it. Some portable MP3 players also double as storage devices, so you can transport pictures, documents and anything else.

Is it Convenient to Use?

Before you buy a player, pick it up and try out the controls. Are they easy to reach, and logically arranged? Is the display clear and easy to read? Some units come with a remote control – a convenient feature for joggers and other active people.

Does it Have the Features You Need?

Some portables can record voice or music through a built-in microphone or line-in jack. Many models also feature an FM radio. The latest gadgets can also store and display pictures and video. If these features are important to you, shop around for the best option.

Even thought there are hundreds of MP3 players to choose from the best one depends on you. Most audiobooks come in the MP3 format so there shouldn’t be a problem finding a good one or any compatibility problems.

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