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I guess I’m years behind the trends in music because I don’t own an iPod and I just got my first ever mp3 player this week. I bought a 1 GB Philips mp3 player for $25 at Office Depot. I know to some it’s probably a cheap piece of junk that will probably fall apart in a year, but for the first time in a long time I’m excited about music again.

My favorite place to listen to music is my car. In the past I listened to tapes, but that required a considerable amount of time to record a proper mix tape and I get a little sick of listening to the same tapes over and over again. So for a while I tried a CD player that plays CDs and mp3 discs. That was nice except for the fact that it used 2 AA batteries and it’s difficult to operate while driving since it requires constant restarting every time you get in and out of the car.

My Philips mp3 player is great because I can use it with my car stereo with the Sony Discman cassette adapter. What I also like about the player is that I can skip songs easily with the buttons. In fact the device was so easy to use that I didn’t even read the instructions. The player is light weight, it operates as a USB flash drive, it can record audio as wave files and it is great for working out. I especially like how fast and easy I can drag and drop the songs onto the player without dealing with DRM or iTunes. If someone steals it then I’m only out $25 and the mp3 player runs on 1 AAA battery for every 8 hours of use. I know it’s no iPod, but I don’t care because I’m happy with what I’ve got.

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