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Not so much a software-related article…
Give it up for the old school! Yep, people of my generation and older will surely like the novelty of this cute MP3 player, especially since it looks much like a tape. Although it has no internal memory, this player has external memory that is SD/MMC card compatible with space of max.2GB. It is also compatible with Windows 2000 and XP. What�s cool about it is that it can act as a stand alone MP3 player while it can also be played as a normal cassette player (cool if your car has a tape deck). It has a 7 button interface and has a repeat playback mode. It can be recharged by USB cable.
I was born in the 80’s and grew up in the 90’s. Yeah, I know… I’m ancient. One of the stuff during that period that this generation would probably have laughed at is the Sony Walkman. Oh man! I could still remember moi with the rather awkward black rectangle that I kept clipped at the back of my jeans. Those were the days…
And now come April of this year (pricing to be confirmed), Sony will be releasing its new walkman, the NWZ-A820 which claims to offer 30 hours and 40 mins of video/audio. Sony’s answer to the iPod? You bet!
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First things first, make sure you’ve downloaded and installed Winamp, the Flac with library support plug-in for Winamp, and iTunes, all of which are free.
There are two steps in converting your .flac files to .mp3. The first is to decode the .flac’s into .wav files. After that’s done, you’ll encode the .wav files into .mp3’s.
Steps in decoding .flac files with Winamp
1. Open Winamp and select Options and then Preferences… (note: if you’re using the “classic version” skin, open the Winamp Preferences by clicking the Control and p keys on your keyboard)
2. Select Output from the Plug-ins section of the left window, and then select Nullsoft Disk Writer. Click Configure.
3. Click the Directory: button so you can choose a location to save the .wav files
4. Navigate to the folder you want to save the .wav files in. I usually save them in the same folder as the .flac files.
5. Click OK to return to the Preferences window, and then Close to return to Winamp. Now select File -> Play file… and navigate to the folder with your .flac files. Select all of the .flac files by single-clicking the first file, holding down the Shift key on your keyboard, and then single-clicking the last file. When all of the files are selected, click Open
6. Press the Play button. Winamp will now decode the .flac files and turn them into .wav files. It typically takes about 20 seconds to convert a 5 minute song, but this depends on how “fast” your PC is.
Once Winamp is done decoding the files, make sure to set the Plug-ins -> Output back to DirectSound output, or the next time you try to play a file using Winamp, it will decode that file instead.
Check to make sure all of the .wav files were created.
A phenomenon that is reflected in a wide range of digital technology that utilizes this format is the proliferation of MP3, which support for the popular music file type, is being included in devices ranging from cameras to stereo systems to DVD players.
From computer hard drives to MP3 players’ flash memory to CDs and DVDs a huge range of devised has incredibly store to small or compressed one. Along with similarly compressed digital audio files (such as WMA and OGG), is becoming the medium of choice for more and more people these days.
To those advantages of MP3 collection become an exceptionally difficult task for fans with huge libraries. Along with similarly compressed digital audio files (such as WMA and OGG), is becoming the medium of choice for more and more people these days.
Remember Zune? It was launched a year ago as Microsoft‘s attempt at waging a digital music war against Apple‘s iPod. Although obviously, iPod has gained a wider lead, the new Zune line of MP3 players has actually made a great deal of progress. One of which is making it in Amazon.com’s list of top-selling MP3 players in late November. Let me correct that – the 30GB and 134-dollar digital media player actually became number one. It even topped the iPod Nano! Zune’s strategy includes huge discounts and favorable reviews of its 2.0 line of products. Unfortunately, the win was a little short-lived, but nevertheless, it was a tremendous achievement for Zune and Microsoft as Apple contribute to more than half of the products in the digital media market.