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digital music player

Hardware or software that plays audio files encoded in MP3 and other audio formats. On the software side, applications that reside in the user's computer, such as iTunes, Windows Media Player and RealPlayer, are used to organize a music collection, play audio files and rip music from a CD. Software players may also provide access to Internet radio stations and other streaming audio sites (see media player).

Hardware Players
On the hardware side, devices use solid state flash memory to hold songs downloaded from an online store or the user's computer. Apple's iPod has long been the industry leader, but players have come in all sizes, with some units including FM radio. See iPod.

More than MP3
All players, whether hardware or software, support MP3 and generally several other formats. AAC is Apple's featured format, and FLAC provides CD quality sound. See codec examples, MP3, AAC, FLAC, Pono and high-resolution audio.

Built into Smartphones and Tablets
A music player app is built into all smartphones and tablets, as well as many satellite radio receivers and in-dash navigation systems.

Diamond Rio - One of the First
Diamond Multimedia pioneered the handheld player market in the U.S. in 1998. The Rio's 32MB of flash memory held eight songs. (Image courtesy of SONICblue.)

The iPod Revolution
Only two years after the iPod's introduction, in 2003, this family was very proud of their iPod collection.

A Back Pack Boom Box
An industry of accessories was created to carry and operate a music player. Skullcandy's LINK Packs held waterproof speakers in the straps along with a microphone for cellphones.

Tavo Gloves for the iPod
The metallic-coated index finger and thumb tips made electrical contact between the user and the iPod's click wheel. (Image courtesy of 4sight Products Inc.)
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