Month: November 2018

The Versatility Of The MP3 Player

The latest entry in the world of modern music is the MP3 player. Today it is the darling of the consumers. None of the previous generation could offer so many facilities – recording, 8-track-tapes, cassette-tapes as well as CD`s. It truly is a magical miracle. It can be carried in the palm and slipped into the pocket and yet it is powerful enough to create individualized music lists and carry along thousands of songs and music. All this information and facility is sometimes packed into a MP3 player that may weigh less than an ounce.

This portability gives it the edge over other players as also its storage facility. Some models of MP3 player have added ons like viewing of video and photo, alarm systems and calendar, cell phone and Internet functions.

The revolution of MP3 started in the late 90`s with the introduction of file-swapping and portability being high on the agenda. MPEG or Moving Picture Experts Group developed the compression system for storing video data. The MP3 reduces bytes in a song without losing the high quality effect of a CD. With this new device songs can be downloaded faster from the Internet. For example a four-minute song uses 40 megabytes to be downloaded but with a MP3 only 4 megabytes are required.

MP3 is the usual file format in use but others can also be played in MP3 players – WMA, MIDI, WAV, AAC, ADPCEM, VQF, ASF, ATRAC and Ogg Vorbis.

The previous generation of music players necessitated moving parts to read data on a tape or CD. But with MP3 players solid-state memory is used. It is a device that stores data with software imbedded in it that allows for application – that is transferring MP3 files to the player. Music can also be copied from the radio, CD`s radio and Internet. The list is termed playlist.

Many technologies have converged in this marvel called MP3 player. By itself not one of its components is new or revolutionary but by blending the previous ones an unparalleled and unique device has been manufactured. The basic parts of a MP3 consist of data-port, memory, micro and digital signal processor, display, playback facilities, audio port, power supply and amplifier.

The memory types are internal flash-memory, compact-flash-cards, smart-media-cards, memory-stick and internal-micro-drive. All are solid-state memory with the exception of internal-micro-drive. Without moving parts the advantage is more reliability. Moreover music does not skip. The MP3 contains minuscule hard-disk drives having the capacity to store 150 times more than flash-memory technology.

The brain of the player is the micro-processor. Through playback controls it monitors the input and shows information about the current song while sending relevant directions to the DSP chip.

Apart from storing music MP3 player plays music by drawing out the songs from memory and allows for amplification to enable the user to hear. All of the MP3 portable players are operated by battery. Mostly these are internal lithium type and have a lifespan ranging from 10 to 28 hours from one charge. AC adapters are also provided so that it can be used consuming ordinary electricity. DC adapters can be used while driving in a car.

There are as many types of MP3 players as there are consumers who purchase them. The choice depends on type of use, amount of storage required and how much the pocket will permit. Flash memory players are the tiniest and lightest. Hard drive and mini-hard drive players are bigger and heavier. Then there are MP3 CD players, mini players and also hybrid players sporting innumerable added ons that one has to see to believe.

The Future of MP3 Digital Music

Recording, playing and listening to music has never been more fun that it is today. Through the Internet, you can easily download songs and listen to your favorite music anytime of the day and wherever you are. Portable players that have access to Internet or those that can store large number of digital music files are now very affordable, fun to use and designed just right to fit the modern generation’s lifestyle.

What is MP3?

MP3, an acronym for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, is one of the most popular digital audio encoding and compression formats being used nowadays and is apparently making an enormous impact on how people store, listen and share music of different genres. It is even now regarded as a standard technology used in greatly reducing the amount of data used to represent audio without altering the uncompressed audio’s sound quality when played.

Compressing Audio into MP3 Digital Music

The compression ratio of MP3 is 12:1, which means that a typical audio file that is 1200 KB big can be converted into a 100 KB MP3 digital music file without corrupting the sound quality of the original. In fact, some MP3 digital music are clearer and sound better since the compression process eliminates portions of the original music that are not too significant to human hearing. There are three ways through which the unwanted portions of the music are determined; among them is psychoacoustics, which is a study of how people subjectively perceive sounds.

MP3 digital music can be compressed with various bit rates (the number of bits of data representing a second of audio), which makes it possible for you to create different sizes and sound quality of an MP3 digital music converted from the same original digital audio file.

Usually, digital audio is compressed with bit rates ranging from 128 to 320. MP3 digital music encoded with low bitrate are of lower sound quality whereas those encoded with higher bitrate are clearer and more pleasing to the ears. However, there are also other factors affecting the quality of the compressed MP3 digital music; these are the quality of the encoder and complexity of the signal encoded. Moreover, the quality of the computer, the speaker or the earphones through which one listens to the music also affects his judgment with regard to the sound quality.

Benefits of MP3 Digital Music

MP3 digital music is very versatile. It can be played using your personal computer or a laptop; it can be played through a portable, small and light MP3 player; it can be decompressed and recorded on a compact disk; and can be easily downloaded via the Internet. Through several software, which are also available for free, you can easily create MP3 digital music from other digital audio formats.

The best things about MP3 digital music is that it is inexpensive and can even be obtained for free. It makes acquiring and listening to high quality music easier, more pleasurable, and particularly, cheaper. Its small size also allows you to store hundreds of MP3 digital music on your computer or MP3 player with ease, helping you save money you might have spent for CDs.

The Revolutionary MP3 Player

The MP3 player, which is a compression format that shrinks digital audio files with negligible sound-quality degradation, has revolutionized the way people can listen to music (MP3 Developments). The technological advances that the MP3 player has made were all possible due to its predecessors. The MP3 is incredibly small, dynamic, slim, easy to operate and lightweight to accommodate all types of people who might purchase and use one. The history of the MP3 player is extremely in depth and just recently, up for debate.

MP3 is short for MPEG Audio Layer III, which is a standard for audio compression, making music files smaller with the same type of sound quality they had in their bigger files (The History of MP3). Although Apple did not invent the MP3 player, its line called iPods, helped soar the MP3 to unprecedented popularity (What is an MP3 Player?). All the music can be stored on one device, which one downloads on to, making it portable and easily accessible. The user of the device can create song playlists tailored to their likes and wants. One can access files off the internet, either free or at a small fee, or could copy songs off their favorite CD’s, to put on the MP3 player and listen to.

When Shawn Fanning started Napster in 2000, the online music base where downloading music was free, music moguls were scared that their industry and business would be ruined. CD sales, however, actually increased by 6 percent in the beginning of 2000 (Rage Against the Machines). Since Napster was founded, it has been reformatted to where the user now has to pay a fee and can then download music. Napster is not a free service anymore. Since these technological developments and advancements were making headway in the music world, this meant that profits would inevitably decrease for these music moguls who had already been in the business for more than sixty years. Technology made listening to music extremely easy (Rage Against the Machines). There have always been new forms of music emerging, new enemies that the competition or the already established companies had to deal with. It was a never-ending cycle and battle.

In the 1920’s and 30’s the radio was seen as the foe. Record companies and musicians’ unions would wage war with the radio stations that played recorded music instead of featuring the live performances (Rage Against the Machines). In 1963 Philips presented the audio cassette tape, which in turn pivoted the rage and anger towards that market, instead of the radio (Rage Against the Machines). History repeats itself and with each new technology in the music world, the anger is directed towards the new implemented idea or product. These feelings by the various companies are inescapable.

Audio technology is forever improving its quality and technologies accessible to their clientele. In the early 19th century, the phonograph, invented by Thomas Edison, and the Gramophone, by Emile Berliner, were massive and bulky (MP3 Developments). Through the decades the music players changed, creating the small, compact image of today’s standards. The very first successful recording device was developed in 1855, but that didn’t really catch on to the mainstream audience until Edison’s phonograph in 1877 (MP3 Developments). “Long players,” more commonly known as LPs, came in 1947 with a face pace of 33 1/3 revolutions per minute, upping the ante for their predecessors MP3 Developments).

James Clerk Maxwell developed the theoretical basis for the propagation of electromagnetic waves in 1873, which paved the way for the radio to flourish. The radio was basically used for the military during World War I. When RCA, or the Radio Corporation of America, obtained the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1929, music as known presently, was initiated (MP3 Developments). The radio brought musical enjoyment to the masses. One could be sitting at home, in the car or at a public place, and could tune in to the station or programming that they wanted to listen to. This technology brought forth the idea of mobility.

The 8-track, invented by William Powell, came in the early 1960’s. Music was masked by horrible sound quality because of misalignments in the tape and tape heads, which caused bleeds of other songs on the tape (MP3 Developments). There was only forty minutes of music on the whole 8-track.

The average cassette tape did not reach homes until the late 1970’s, but were previously used in recording studios since the 1950’s (MP3 Developments). Cassettes were smaller than the 8-track, and had a higher sound quality. In 1979, Sony debuted the Walkman, which made cassette sales increase substantially in the 1980’s. The compact disc, otherwise known as the CD, succeeded the cassette tape, in the late 1980’s. The CD’s used a digital storing system (MP3 Developments). The MP3, which will later be discussed, increased CD storage capabilities by ten times, not reducing the sound quality at all (MP3 Developments).

Fraunhofer-Gesellshaft, a German company, developed the MP3 technology (The History of MP3). Bernhard Grill, Karl Heinz-Brandenburg, Thomas Sporer, Bernd Kurten, and Ernst Eberlein were all inventors named on the MP3 patent (The History of MP3). The MP3 was invented in 1989 in Erlangen, Germany (MP3 Developments). Frauenhofer, in the early 1990’s developed the first MP3 player; however, that was an unsuccessful attempt (The History of MP3). In 1997, Tomislav Uzelac of Advanced Multimedia Products invented the AMP MP3 Playback Engine, which became the first actual MP3 player (History of MP3).

In recent developments there are disputes of tangled origins within the MP3 technology invention. Microsoft, among other companies, has been paying Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, for their licensing of MP3 audio format (Patent Fights). There are a number of companies who worked on developing the MP3 player for almost twenty years, who now should be paid for legalities. Thomson, Royal Philips Electronics and AT&T, have laid patent claims on the MP3 technology, which have ensued a substantial number of lawsuits, and occasionally seizures of music players by some customs authorities (Patent Fights). Alcatel-Lucent, part of Bell Labs and AT&T, says they were the “main creative engine behind what went on to become the MP3 standard,” (Patent Fights). To make matters worse, the MP3 patent right saga continues, with many companies stepping forward saying that they had a hand in the development and execution of the MP3 technology.

The MP3 relates to a vast amount of technologies currently available. Many cell phone makers have added built in MP3 players to their cell phones. A person can purchase one product but obtain two great features on it; the cell phone and the MP3 player. This lets the consumer only be obligated to carry one piece of equipment rather than two. In 2005, Apple’s iPod and Motorola’s Razr V3 combined these two technologies, providing a communication synergy that was unheard of in previous times (Digital World Insider). These phones equipped with MP3 player capabilities revolutionized the cell phone industry, providing wireless connection to the World Wide Web to access downloadable songs and music videos, as in the V-Cast phone, currently on the market. Memory Stick Duo Pro cards, can be inserted into the phone to download one’s CD’s to their phone as well.

There are numerous adjustments being made to MP3 players daily. Some MP3 players are now being released to the public that have Bluetooth capabilities. Bluetooth means that it is a form of wireless communication, depending on what is being referred to as the context of the subject. The Insignia 4-Gigabyte Player can broadcast MP 3 music and video soundtracks all to a pair of headphones, connected by no wires (An MP3 Player with Bluetooth). This new player can hold up to 1,000 songs, and 14 movies, and also has an FM tuner with 20 preset channels (An MP3 Player with Bluetooth).

MP3 players are convenient, small and easily portable. Since it’s so handy and affordable too, most people have MP3 players, however, in decades to come many of these people might have incurred threatening health risks that one could have evaded. Most new technologies, although helpful, provide input into the health world, which decrease a person’s life and living standards. An example of this is the remote control, which ultimately contributed a small part to the obesity problem that is sweeping the country. Many people using MP3 players listen to their music for long periods of time, at a loud setting.

“With the older devices, like the Walkman, if you turned them up all the way, they sounded very bad, so people didn’t do it. Now, they don’t sound bad at maximum volume, and that could pose a problem,” said Jodi Cook, Ph.D., director of the hearing aid program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in an article posted on the Mayo Clinic website. Once the damage occurs to one’s ear it’s permanent and non reversible. The hair cells in the cochlea, part of the inner ear, aids in transmitting sound to the brain (Hearing Loss). These cells often recover from temporary damage, such as a rock concert or being in an overly loud environment, for a few hours. The sound becomes muffled after under these conditions, but return to normal in a couple of hours or so. Exceedingly deafening noises, like a gunshot, or moderately loud noise continuing for long amounts of time, permanently damage these hair cells (Hearing Loss). When the hairs become destroyed, they do not recover and loss of hearing occurs (Hearing Loss).

Around thirty million Americans have hearing loss and 1/3 of them have noise-induced hearing loss (Hearing Loss). If a sound is over ninety decibels at a prolonged exposure, creates some kind of hearing loss. Most portable music players produce sounds up to 120 decibels (Hearing Loss). One does not feel hearing loss, in fact it takes years to see a difference and be diagnosed with permanent loss of hearing.

In ear earphones are the worst earphones to have. One study showed that they increase the decibel level between 7 to 9. Earphones that sit over the ear usually have lower decibel range, being a tad safer for the ear (Hearing Loss). There is not much risk to listening to music if the player is at a level where one can still carry on a normal conversation. At risk people include those that keep their MP3 player head phones set 60% higher than the maximum level, if one can’t hear conversations going on around them, if those near can hear the music and if one is shouting instead of talking to those nearby (Hearing Loss).

One benefit of the MP3 player has been how the device aids in exercising. Since the MP3 player is portable, lightweight and easily accessible, it’s the perfect companion to those who like to exercise and burn calories. Often people listen to music to workout because it helps them keep pace and motivates them. The tempo of the song can also help speed up the person’s workout or get the person ready for the cool down based on the songs pacing, like a slower song verse a fast pace one.

How to Appreciate Music

Do you know the facts needed to be considered to appreciate music? Why do you listen to music? Which types of music make you feel the best?

In short, we can say, Music refers to an art whose real medium is silence and sound. The common elements of music are rhythm, dynamics, pitch and the sonic qualities of texture and timbre. Since the starting of music-industry, music has developed to that extent that none would have dreamed 400 years ago. Still, audio-visual presentation has influenced our lives a lot. From entertaining music to the daily TV, the audio music or video musical songs have us glued to their message.

But, how to understand and appreciate a message? Even if this message is not what you’re searching for, you can still find out how it comes to you. If you understand all the terms that go into producing a musical presentation, you will see whether what are being presented which were produced carefully and with you in thoughts or without thoughts and aren’t really worth of your attention.

You usually listen to the music for entertainment. You may want to take a rest from your daily routine and visit into other world. The world of dreams and at least a world that will make you forget your tiredness, sadness, monotony for couples of minutes or may be more than an hour.

What’s better than this sinking into musical ocean, flying in the air or even sleeping on a beach. It’s wonderful from time to time believing that you can just get what you want through some awesome words accompanied with the music that goes exactly the way you want.

What actually makes difference between the music in which you literally forgot what you really are and the music that is more than boring.

It totally comes down to the genre taste, and the accompanying words or lyrics that describe every single thing that matches to your thoughts. They will deeply encroach upon all of your organs down your guts and blood in all of your vessels.

You will be feeling either happy, angry, sad, excited or hopeless in a very short time that depends upon the theme of the music or song. The most amazing aspect is that most of these songs or music are composed with cordial efforts of one or more persons. They represent the thoughts and skills of those artists. Moreover, as music can be composed with the help of more than one musical instrument, the combination can be amazing and the enthrallment is going to rest on how well each musical art is going to be applied.