How do I play MP3's on my computer?
How do I get the MP3's from my computer onto the player?
The primary playback method for MP3's is through computer-based and portable MP3 players. Both players allow you to easily organize your MP3 collection, and the portable MP3 players provide customized digital playback in a surprisingly small package.
When you purchase a hardware-based MP3 player, it will generally include a software package which offers the features above as well as software designed to transfer the MP3's to the player. Some players have the ability to interface with particular third-party software players; however, this depends on the player.
In additional to the commercial MP3 players, there are a number of freeware and shareware MP3 players available on the Internet. One of the best known freeware players is the Winamp player. Each of the major platforms (Microsoft« Windows« and Macintosh«) feature a free MP3 player designed for that platform. The Windows« player is the Windows« Media Player«; the Macintosh player is called iTunes«.
As a minimum (and in addition to simply playing the MP3's), an MP3 software player should also allow the user to organize their music into playlists, rip CD audio to MP3 at varying bit rates and burn both MP3 and audio CD's. Additionally, most players have downloadable skins, which allow the user to customize the appearance of the player.
Bit rate specifically refers to the number of bits played each second (bps). This rating identifies the resolution of the digital music file, with the quality and file size increasing as the bit rate increases. MP3's are generally recorded at 128 kbps for the best compromise between speed and file size.
Occasionally, your player software may skip or stutter while playing either downloaded MP3's or streamed MP3's. This can be due to low memory resources or a damaged MP3 file. If a stand-alone MP3 player does this, it would be due to a damaged MP3 file.