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The five most common mistakes when buying an MP3 Player

Are you in the market for an MP3 player? Lots of people by an MP3 player that don't have the features they really need. Use this handy guide to avoid common mistakes when buying an MP3 player.

1. Make sure you buy a player with enough storage capacity. If you're happy listing to the same 10 songs over and over again, you can get by with the smallest sized flash based player on the market. But, if you are like most people, you want a good selection of songs available at your fingertips. 512 MB is a good starter size, but if you have a sizable music collection you should consider getting an MP3 player with a built-in hard drive. 5 GB is a good all-around size that should suit most people.

2. Think about the features that you'd need in an MP3 player. Some people need a voice recorder for recording business meetings or lectures. You can get an MP3 player with a built-in microphone and special features for recording voice. Other players have a line input which allows you to record audio from various sources like cassette decks or VCRs. At the very least, you need some way to transfer MP3 files from your computer to the player. Most players use a USB port for data transfer. Try to get USB 2.0 -- it is much faster than USB 1.1.

3. Do you need a portable device that functions more than just an MP3 player? Some players have calendars and organizers for keeping track of your schedule. Others allow you to transfer data from your computer address book so that you have convenient access to e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Others allow you to store and view pictures on the player, or even play games. Getting one of these multipurpose MP3 players can reduce the number of devices that you need to carry around with you.

4. Think about where you will be listening to music on your MP3 player. If you want a musical background for your exercise routine, you are probably better off with a smaller flash based player. These are not affected by movement the way that some hard drive players are. On the other hand, if you need a player to keep you entertained throughout the day, you would be better to get a player with a large hard drive.

5. Finally, think about the type of power supply the MP3 player comes with. Some come with replaceable batteries, and some come with rechargeable batteries. Sure the rechargeable batteries are accessible because they will eventually need to be replaced. Also consider the length of time that the player can be used without needing to be recharged or replacing the batteries.

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