An Mp3 player is the software, that resides on your computer to organize
and play your mp3 files. As this site is about professional music making
(you remember...?), you might ask what the heck you have to do with
crappy mp3 files?
Well, Its not always
necessary to have the full sound quality of your tracks available.
Sometimes it's more important to have quick access to your songs. I give
you 3 good reasons to have this software on a well equipped music
- To play mp3 songs. Of course this is the
most basic reason for this application. Even if you are an audiophile and
demanding professional with high expectations on sound quality. You
will certainly meet situations where you have to play mp3 files.
- To archive your own songs. When you
produced a lot of songs it's a good idea to have them at your
fingertips. You can use the ability of mp3 players to organize and
find songs. It's much more convenient than to carry your CD's with
- To build up an archive of reference songs.
If you compose or arrange you might want to listen to different
songs. Either for sound comparison or to discuss stylistic questions
with others. It can be a fast way to show somebody else what you
You can easily find more applications for your
mp3 player. The above are just the main reasons music producer use it too.
What are the main features of a good player?
- Good codecs
The most important part of the player is the codec (comes from compress/decompress).
This is a formula the software uses for converting the mp3 file back
to what it was before. It has to work flawless in order to sound good.
- The ability to play many different formats
A player should be able to play and organize many different sound
files. Otherwise you would need different players and that makes it
hard to keep track of your songs.
- The ability to find and organize songs/sound
A good player makes it easy to handle your songs, sounds or
sound effects. If your library grows this feature becomes more
Besides this main features you might also consider
the ability to rip or burn CDs or DVDs. If you also want to
watch videos the ability to play all the different video file
formats is important too.
The standard players are the built in Windows
Media Player and the Real Player for streaming media. But there
are also some alternatives that might be interesting for you.
Stays number one. A fast, smooth working, good looking
and very stable audio player. Still the standard mp3 player on
audio recording computers. Click here for a more detailed
Besides flawless decoding, Ultra Player is a great player for audio
and video files. Probably the only real competition for Winamp.
If you need a program for playing and ripping CDs, this is the one