MP3 CD Players
Now that mp3 players have entrenched themselves in our daily lives, and iPods are as common as cell-phones, it might seem like a no-brainer about what sort of music player to get. But there are many benefits to having one of the new mp3 CD players, as opposed to simple mp3 player.
Anyone who has had an mp3 player knows that it can be a pain in the neck to load and unload songs when you have a large music library to work with. Once you fill up the space on your mp3 player, you have to start swapping out files to make space for anything else you want to put on it. Mp3 CD players avoid this by giving you, in essence, the option of instantly swapping CDs. You can burn a set CD for whatever mood you are in, and then switch them out as you like much quicker than you can update, delete, and reload songs to an mp3 player.
Mp3 CD players also tend to work better with home stereos than the gum-stick sized portable mp3 players—especially in the realm of backwards compatibility. If you already have a decent stereo system from the pre-mp3 era, then purchasing one of the good quality mp3 CD players to replace CD player you currently use will be no problem. Portable mp3 players such as the iPod do not integrate well with home stereos, and the kits that are sold to make them into mini-stereos tend to be overpriced.
That said, mp3 CD players do have their drawbacks. Because they must accommodate the size of CDs, portable mp3 CD players are far larger than regular mp3 players. They also tend to go through battery life quicker than their straight mp3 brethren.
In choosing between regular mp3 players and mp3 CD players, it seems to come down to where you will be listening to music most often. If you are going to be at home, near your old CDs and the large speakers of your stereo, then mp3 CD players are the best bet. But if you are going to be using the player for jogging or other mobile activities, a regular player is a better option.