I have always had to go out and buy CD's, but now I have found a way to save my money. I recently bought an MP3 player, and I have used it non-stop since. I just download music off the Internet, transfer it onto my player, in only a few minutes. I have never regretted buying one. WHAT IS MP3? MP3 stands for MPEG 1, LAYER 3. It is an efficient way to store music or other audio content onto your computer. MP3 files can be anywhere from 1/4 to 1/20 the size of a commercial CD audio file with the bit rates from 8kbps to 320kbps, while retaining a high sound quality. You can store MP3 files on a computer in such a way that the file size is relatively small. This means that you can take a big file off of a CD, put it onto your computer using a CD ripper, which will compress the file for you, and then you will be able to put it onto an MP3 player. MP3's have become increasingly popular since Napster was introduced. With Napster, people store MP3 files on their computers, and using the Napster program, you can then download these files off of them onto your computer. You are then able to put these files onto an MP3 player, as they have already been compressed. HOW CAN I GET MUSIC FOR MY MP3 PLAYER? As I have said above, there is a program called Napster where you can download music files onto your computer, which are ready to be put onto your MP3 player if you want to do this. You can also download music files from other websites on the Internet, onto your computer. You can also get a program which will copy music from a CD, compress it and put it onto your computer, without affecting the CD in anyway. Once you have it on your computer, you can then transfer it onto your MP3 player using the management software and cable connections, which you get with the Yelo DMP32. WHAT ARE MP3 PLAYERS? MP3 players are small, personal music players. They store music on small Multimedia cards, so there are no moving parts. Thi
s means that you can move your player around, or even drop it, and the music will not be interrupted. You can download MP3's off a computer onto your MP3 player through either a parallel PC cable, or a USB cable, which will come with your MP3 player. Most players come with a 32mb memory, which will give you half an hour of near CD quality music. You can decrease the size of these files though, and I have been able to fit one and a half-hours of music onto 32mb. Once you have the music onto your MP3 player, you can listen to it, or if you get fed up with the music you have on it, you can delete it and replace it with more music. THE YELO DMP32: The Yelo DMP32 is a portable digital MP3 player. It is a small lightweight player, with excellent performance. When you by this MP3 player, you will be supplied with a 32mb MMC card (which I will explain later), but you can buy MMC cards with a larger memory, although they are expensive. The unit has no moving parts and is unaffected by movement, or being dropped, which is excellent. It features powerful sound, Super Bass and a four preset equalizer. You are also supplied with PC connection leads and management software, so you are able to transfer music onto your MP3 player. Anyway, here are the details: WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: The Yelo DMP32, is one of the smallest MP3 players on the market. It will easily fit in your pocket, with dimensions of - 71 x 56 x 18.8 mm. It weighs only 50 grams without the batteries. The player looks quite Smart. It has a shiny silver coating, with a little screen in the middle of the player. This screen displays information such as what number track is playing, the volume, if Super Bass is on and if the battery is low. There are five small buttons on the front of the player, which are the volume, track and the play button. This makes it easier to use. Down the left side of the player are another four buttons. The buttons here are the Super Bass, repeat,
equalizer and the stop button. On the right hand side of the player is the earphone jack, the battery slot, which slides open, and the data port which you connect the cable to to transfer the music to your player. You will find a little sliding door on the back of the player, which when you open, you will find two 16mb MMC cards. You can take these out, but I would recommend leaving them where they are, because they are only small and if you break them, they are expensive to replace. Overall, the player looks great, and it is very small and easy to use. The little screen is excellent, as it tells you what options you have selected, and what is happening. It is a good little MP3 player. OPTIONS ON THE YELO DMP32: ~ PLAY (power on) PAUSE - To start playing the music on your MP3 player, you just have to press the play button. If you then press it again, it will pause the song. The play button is also used to turn the MP3 player on. You have to press it once to turn it on, and then again to play the music. ~ REPEAT - If you press this button, it will repeat the song you are listening to at that point. You can then press it again to repeat all of the songs in the memory of your MP3 player. ~ EQUALISER - There are four settings for this (E1: Classic, E2: Jazz, E3: POP, and E4: Normal). They make the music which is playing slightly louder etc., and each one makes the music sound slightly different, so you can select the one which you think the music sounds best with. ~ VOLUME - There are two buttons. One makes the volume go up, and the other makes the volume go down. When you are changing the volume, it is shown on the screen. It goes from 0(very quiet) - 30(loud). ~ STOP (Power off) - You can press this to stop the song which you are listening to. If you press it again, then it will turn your player off. If no button is pressed for three minutes when it is in stop mode, then your player will automatically turn off. This is
excellent, because if you forget to turn your player off, you will not waste your batteries. ~ HOLD - If you pull up the sliding button on the back off your MP3 player, then it will hold the current settings of the player. If you push the sliding button down, the hold facility is turned off. There are also other things on the MP3 player. It has an earphone jack, so you can plug your earphones (which come with the MP3 player) in. Low battery indicator, which means the screen will show LB when the batteries are low, and it also has a socket for an optional belt clip, which does not come with the player. BATTERIES: This player uses two 1.5 volt Alkaline (AAA) batteries. These can last for up to 12 hours, but I have not been able to use it for that long without the batteries running out yet. MULTIMEDIA CARD (MMC): This is what your music is stored on. The DMP32 Audio unit stores and plays the MP3 files from this external flash memory card. You are supplied with two 16mb cards, which are installed and ready to use. You can upgrade up to 128mb however, but this costs a lot more than the player does! You can access these cards by sliding open the cover on the back of the player. You should not remove these MMC whilst playing a track or when uploading MP3 files though!!!!! MP3 PC MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE: When you buy this MP3 player, you are also supplied with a parallel port cable and a CD containing the management software, which will assist you in uploading/downloading files from your PC to your DMP32. You must install this software onto your PC which is very easy to do. Next, you have to plug the cable into the parallel port on your computer and then the other end into the side of your MP3 player. You can then open this program, and look through the MP3 files which you have on your computer. You can then download them onto your player by pressing on them. The names of the files, which you have on y
our MP3 player, along with the file size and the date of download are shown on a screen. You can also erase files off of your MP3 player by using this program. You can select the ones you do not want anymore, and select to take them off. CONCLUSION: The Yelo DMP32 is an excellent MP3 player. It looks smart and performs brilliantly. The sound quality is excellent, and the battery life is good as well. It is very easy to transfer files onto your player, even if you are new to MP3 players. It has many functions, and the buttons on the player itself make it very easy to use. I bought this MP3 player from BUY.COM for only £50 and I believe that this is an excellent price for a good MP3 player, as there are others which cost over £300. This is a great MP3 player, and for its price, I definitely recommend it. I hope this was of some help to you :-)
For the price tag, you can hardly go wrong with this. I had something more expensive which was nowhere near as good. The storage may be small, (and an annoying configuration with two 16 MB MMC cards) the 12 hour battery life is pretty good, and so is the sound quality. It's also pretty tiny. The two MMC cards means that if you upgrade, you end up with a useless 16MB card left over, and you can't have songs overlapping the cards. The display is pretty basic, but adequate and the buttons are fairly simple to get to grips with. There's no beltclip, but Yelo supply one for free if you ask nicely. All in all, if you don't want to spend too much on an MP3 player, but still want one that will do the job well, then I recommend this one.
Probably one of the cheapest and smallest MP3 players, the Yelo DMP32 is enough if you don't need fancy features and don't mind that its silvery surface makes it look like a cheap plastic toy. It has the basic functionality (play, stop, skip to next track, repeat), but even features like random playing or the option to program playlists are missing. According to the adverts, its 32Mb of memory will give you an hour of music, however, if you really want one hour, you will have to convert your MP3s to an almost unacceptably low sound quality. For standard high quality MP3 (>128kb, 44100Hz) you need approximately 1Mb per minute, giving you half an hour on the Yelo. However, as the memory is divided into two 16Mb chunks, every track has to be shorter than 15 or 16 minutes - unless you buy a larger memory card which will cost you considerably more than the whole player... With high quality MP3, the sound quality of the Yelo is quite good - I do not notice any difference compared to MP3s played on my PC. To transfer your files from the PC, it comes with a cable that goes into the parallel (printer) port on the PC. The Yelo comes with two programs: The "manager software" and "Musicmatch". Or, to be precise: the printing on box claims that it comes with two programs on CD, in fact it comes with only the manager software on a floppy, and a well hidden hint in the booklet that a link to the Musicmatch programme can be found on their webpage. The manager software is necessary to move files from the PC to the Yelo. It is easy to use and reliable, but be warned that it only runs on Windows 95/98, but not on NT or Windows 2000 (not to mention Linux). The Musicmatch software is a rather inflated and ugly looking programme that converts Audio-CDs to MP3 files. You may want to look around on the internet for some other free ripper software. In summary, the Yelo is not a terribly sophisticated machine, but ok for basic needs, e.
g. if you listen to the same couple of tracks again and again all day. I use it for learning foreign languages: I put four or five lessons from a CD course onto the Yelo and listen to them repeatedly while walking to work. Very useful!