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MP3 Playerslast updated 5/27/08
There are several options for taking the mp3 files with you instead of having to listen at your computer. There are 3 types of mp3 players which you can use, ranging in capacity from 512 MB to about 300 GB. All of them can play through a set of headphones or earbuds, and all can be adapted to play through your car's audio system player.
The one unusual requirement for any mp3 player to play the daf yomi mp3 files is that they must support the low encoding rate of 16 kbps. Below are some examples of players that are known to play the files. If you know of any others that you've tested and know work with the 16 kbps mp3 files on this site, please let me know.
Flash drive MP3 PlayersThere are many brands out there. You can get a 1 GB player for about $30 and a 2 GB for $50. The cheaper of these players have either very small screens or no screen at all which can make navigating the 5,000+ dafyomi files rather cumbersome. The largest of these players are about 16 GB, have nice screens which make navigation easier, and cost from $180-$300. All of shas takes up about 12 GB, so only the largest ones can hold it all at one time. But this is the way all mobile devices are going (including the iphone), and flash drives, also called solid state drives, have already begun to replace hard drives because they are much denser, way more shock resistant, faster and consume less energy. The hard drive will be toast in a few years.
Hard Drive MP3 PlayersThese are portable battery operated hard drives which have an MP3 player built in. They can hold up to hundreds of GB these days, and as above, you only need about 12 GB for shas. They cost about $100-$300. But as mentioned above, they are fading from use in favor of flash drive based players.
CD/DVD MP3 PlayersThese players allow you play CDs that you have written from your computer, provided you have a CD writer. A CD holds about 650 MB. I imagine most DVD players will play MP3 audio, you have to check. If you find one, you can store about 4.5 GB on one disk. These players cost $50 - $100, and the media are under a dollar a disk. Of course you would need a DVD writer as well on your computer. These are also fading from use in favor of flash drive based players.
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