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Music Players

Music players and Exercise

Many people like to listen to music while exercising.

Be aware that if you choose to listen to a music player while exercising, your awareness of the environment around you will probably decrease.

Finding a music player that is best for you

The first step in finding a music player that suits you is to determine your needs. For example, if you plan to exercise for long periods of time, you probably want a music player that offers a long battery life. If you will use it while training for a long race or marathon, you probably want a music player that is small and lightweight.

Types of Music Players?

  • MP3 players
    • Allows you to listen to a good selection of music with little or no skipping.
    • Lightweight
  • CD Players (Discman)
    • CD players are practical but not ideal. They do not offer a large selection of music and skipping may occur.
  • Radios
    • Radios are great if you prefer to listen to talk radio while exercising.
  • Cassette Players (Walkman)

Features to look for when buying an MP3 Player?

  • Storage capacity
    • IPods offer 4 GB (1,000 songs), 20 GB (5,000 songs), 40 GB (10,000 songs)
    • Dell MP3 players offer 20GB of music
    • Nike MP3 players can store between 3 and 6 hours of music.
  • Battery life
    • IPods can have a battery life of between 8 and 12 hours. Battery must be recharged.
    • Dell MP3 players offer up to 20 hours of battery.
    • Nike MP3 players have small removable batteries.
    • Rio MP3 players have up to 20 hours of battery life.
  • Rechargeable battery
    • The IPod battery cannot be removed. It must be recharged. Charging can take between 2 and 4 hours.
  • Length of warranty
    • 1 year limited warranty is standard.
    • Most companies will give you the option to purchase an extended warranty.
  • Weight
    • Depending on the storage capacity, the IPods weigh 3.6 ounces, 5.6 ounces, or 6.2 ounces.
    • The Dell MP3 player weighs 7.6 ounces.
  • Waterproof
    • iRiver 300 series MP3 player plays underwater. You can purchase a H20 case that will enable your player to play at depths up to 200 feet.
    • iRiver 300 series MP3 has water-proof headphones. The complete deep dive kit makes it possible to listen to your favorite music or audio tours while you dive.
  • Color
    • The IPod mini comes in 5 different colors.
    • Nike MP3 players come in different colors.
    • Rio MP3 players come in different colors.
  • Lap timer
    • Rio MP3 players come with a lap timer.
  • Stopwatch
    • Rio MP3 players come with a stopwatch.
  • Memory cards
    • You can add more memory to some MP3 players by installing a memory card.

Features to look for when buying a portable CD Player?

The most important features to consider when buying a portable CD player (discman) is the price and anti-skipping. You can buy a decent discman for around $50. Most discman have a built in anti-skipping device.

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