-- Revolution in digital music -- MP3 is the hottest thing to hit the music industry since CDs. However, this seemingly simple method of finding and playing music is problematic for the average computer user. The software is buggy, and the hardware constantly changes. Top that off with dozens of confusing new terms like "ripped" CDs and new hardware that uses mini-hard disks and flash memory cards and you have a recipe for confusion. The MP3 Book slices through all that and tells the reader how to play, record, and download their music exactly the way that they want.
-- Intense media coverage of MP3 -- This topic is all over the media fight now. Not just geeky computer trade magazines, but it's turning up in mainstream media such as Publisher's Weekly and Business Week (see attached articles).
-- A complete guide to the newest thing in digital media - This is an easy-to-read guide to the new revolution in digital music. From 15 Minutes to Music to how to rip your own CDs to the best of the hardware sold THIS Christmas season, to a glimpse into the legal world surrounding this exciting new music format.
-- The MP3 Book is the complete resource for MP3 information and includes:
-- everything needed for listening to, recording and playback of MP3
-- an extensive Internet guide to where to find the best in MP3 music
-- the practical information needed to cut through the hype surrounding MP3
-- Packed CD-ROM -- It includes tons of MP3 players, rippers, and music. Music on the CD will be from every major genre -- the idea is to give the reader the tools and tunes they need to get started in MP3 right now.
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MP3 files raise a lot of questions about the rights of artists to be compensated for their work when making copies of their recordings is practically effortless. Bill Mann explains this challenge to the audio format and lots more in I Want My MP3, a very complete guide to MP3 audio and the communities that have grown up around it.
Much of I Want My MP3 has to do with software--the players, playlist managers, rippers, and encoders you need to convert and listen to music. Mann emphasizes the Sonique player, the AudioCatalyst ripper/encoder, and the MusicMatch Jukebox all-purpose application. He covers RealJukebox, XingMP3 Player, and RealPlayer G2 as well, but (in a break from his competitors) doesn't pay much heed to WinAmp. It's refreshing to see an author defend his personal software preferences, and also nice to read about sound-editing utilities that other books neglect completely. There's brief coverage of all popular handheld and car-mounted MP3 hardware devices too.
Mann backs up his player coverage with loads of media material, including reviews of dozens of MP3 repositories (he favors large sites over fly-by-night ratio sites run by students) and a CD-ROM containing a better-than-average collection of tunes. --David Wall
Topics covered: Arranging and playing MP3 files, ripping and encoding MP3 files (converting CD tracks to MP3 format), various software utilities and hardware playback devices, and MP3 archives on the Internet.
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