Sunday, April 6, 2008

Ipods As The Latest Style Statement by Roberto Sedycias

Ipods are a type of portable media player, which was launched in October 2001 by Apple Corporation, and since then it has become one of the most successful consumer electronic products. It is one of the best small electronic gadgets designed in a long time and the best selling MP3/MP4 player in the market today. The unique advantage of the Ipods lies in its tremendous sound quality, ultra sleek and compact design and user-friendly interface, which has made it a big hit.

With its first release in October 2001, there has been a continuous improvement in Ipod technology. They started with an MP3 player having mechanical scroll wheel and four buttons, upgraded to touch sensitive wheels with options of 10 GB and 20 GB hard disks for media storage. Further these devices were upgraded with touch sensitive bottoms and also provided with USB connectivity to enable downloads from internet using computer. Later on more storage capacity option was added with a 20 GB and 40 GB hard disk option and a click wheel. Now the latest models are coming with video capability MP4 players and 60 GB memory storage capacity.

Ipods are engineered and designed in the most innovative fashion to give them a cool look. Youngsters and people with active lifestyle prefer them to be the part of their essential accessories. Since they easily fit into your pocket or palm of your hand, you can carry them wherever you go. Ipods are fitted with removable lithium rechargeable batteries, which can run for about 8 to 20 hours before requiring a recharge.

There are so many types and styles of Ipods available. One can choose from a wide range depending upon their budget and usage. The least priced model is the Ipod shuffle. It is perhaps the smallest MP3 player available in the market. With its most compact size of about one and a half inch and sleek design it can easily be clipped on to your collar, sleeves or can be worn as a badge. It can store up to 240 songs and is priced very competitively at around $80. However, it doesn`t have features of organizing songs in sequence and the songs are randomly picked and played by the device.

A better and improved version is the Ipod nano, which can store up to about 2000 songs and comes with a storage capacity ranging from 2 GB to 8 GB. It has a super slim design and its thin lithium batteries can play music for about 24 hours before needing a recharge. These Ipods are most convenient for journeys and are priced at about $150. Then there are many high priced versions with storage capacity of about 80 GBs, which can store about 20000 songs, 25000 photos and about 100 hours of video. They are priced as high as about $350.

There are so many internet sites now offering downloads for Ipods. There are some free sites as well as sites charging some membership fee to enable you to download videos and songs and even games to your music player. iTunes is one such website offering varieties of downloads for Ipods. In order to get most out of your Ipod, you must take care to update the latest software in it with the help of internet or the Ipod vendor. You must keep it turned off when not using it. Turning off the equalizer and the back lighting will save its battery power and enhance battery life. You should always try to load compressed songs in compact audio format in order to minimize space usage.

Ipods are becoming a fashion statement for today`s youngsters and its popularity is increasing day by day all over the world.

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The Working Of Mp4 Players by Roberto Sedycias

Portable Media Players or Digital Audio Players, which are mostly produced in China, are known as Chinese MP4/MTV Player or MP4 Players. These players can display images and text files and play videos. These players have nothing to do with MP4 or M4A or M4V audio or video file formats. In fact, the previous players were able to play only limited file formats like MTV, DMV, AMV and MPV. But recent MP4 players can also play video files with MPEG4 format. Most of them are a mixture of S1 MP3 Players.

The first MP4 Players were developed by a French Company Archos in the year 2002. Thus, to gain an upper hand in the market, the Chinese Companies made slight enhancement to their MP3 Players and started to market them as MP4 Players and dubbed them as the `Successor of MP3 Players`.

Most of these players were unable to play MPEG4 format video files and even fewer could have played DivX or Xvid format video files. But when more and more companies promoted their players with enhanced video and audio qualities, Chinese companies started a `True MP4 Players Vs False MP4 Player Campaign` and successfully drove the less advanced MP3 players to the MP3 market and hence stabilized and standardized the Chinese MP4 Market.

Most of these MP4 Players contain an image file viewer and you can see a JPG or BMP file. They can also play MP3 and have other audio format`s codecs. Videos are mostly played in MTV or AMV format. Videos are converted to these formats using conversion software. E-books can be read through an ASCII text viewer. Some also have additional enhancements like phone book, voice recorder, FM or AM radio. Thus you can also record FM broadcasts. Some MP4 Players also have video games in them.

These players are available in many types. Most of them are extremely light weighted and have 1.2 screens, while others can be more forceful with screens of 1.5 to 2 inch and also containing two earphone sockets and built in speakers instead of conventional one earphone socket. Some of them have OLED display which is capable of producing brighter images when compared to normal LCD displays, but the picture quality does suffer.

It is extremely easy to operate these players and only few buttons perform multiple actions. many players have extra buttons but most of them have star configuration next to the screen with a joystick in the centre of the star. These players have memory up to 8GB if they are flash based and 100GB for micro hard drive based. Some recent MP4 players also support an external, third party flash memory cards. These players have generally USB 1 and USB 2 support. Earphones are generally offered with the players but they are of inferior quality. Package also contains a USB cable with proper drives and a charger. many also come with a special case.

The battery generally lasts for several hours, but this varies greatly with the model of the player and its usage. The recent batteries can now run for 12 hrs as compared 6 hrs for older batteries. But most of the batteries are of cheap quality and swell abnormally. Thus most new MP4 players support batteries from Nokia Phones and these are highly recommended.

MP4 Players were a part of marketing strategy of the Chinese manufacturers and has gained a lot of popularity over the years. These players are enhanced every day and have rightfully captured the market and have rivaled iPods for a long time. This Chinese version of iPods are also known as ChiPods.

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