Buffer, Battery Life, Playlists, and Controls
I hadn't thought about the use of buffer memory but that is also a factor in the long battery life in CD/MP3 players. With my player, the disc will spin about 10 seconds for each song.
I had one track that was an MP3 recorded at 16kbps for an hour of audio (that bitrate gives you AM sound quality). The disc spun for a few seconds for the entire hour of audio. What is also interesting is that when playing standard CDs the disc will continually spin, yet the battery life is still very good. As mentioned by others, CD-MP3 players and Minidisc players are the only type of players that allows you to add songs on the fly without the use of a computer.
Also, I didn't mention playlists in my previous post. Most players play the tracks in alphanumeric order, by folder/directory, then by song. Although some CD-MP3 players don't allow pre-written playlists, an easy way to accomplish this is to arrange the tracks by adding a two-digit number in front of the filename in the order you want them played. Then place the files into a folder. This allows you to store as many playlists as a disc will hold.
I also use this method to ensure that the songs from each album play in the same order as the original album. For example, in the liner notes for the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", they mention that the song order on side one of the album (tracks 1-7) is different that the way it was originally conceived. Using the above method, you can prearrange the tracks both ways (as originally conceived, and as released).
Another thing I've noticed is that with many players, many of its abilities are accessed via navigating a menu. But with CD-MP3 players, you can usually access the features directly via controls on the player itself without the use of menus, making it quick and easy to access the features. My player allows me to do the following via direct controls: set the play mode (play a single song/a folder/entire disc/set and play a program), shuffle play, adjust the bass level, turn on the volume limiter, and change the display.
Just some observations, thanks for reading.
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