How to Turn Your Cellphone into An Mp3 Player
Back in the 80s, the only way you could listen to music on the move was by using a personal cassette player such as a Walkman or by carrying around a bulky boom box. This gave way to the personal CD player in the 90s, and the hard disk-based mp3 player in the 2000s.Back in the 80s, the only way you could listen to music on the move was by using a personal cassette player such as a Walkman or by carrying around a bulky boom box. This gave way to the personal CD player in the 90s, and the hard disk-based mp3 player in the 2000s.
Recently, though, the mobile phone has begun to usurp the standalone mp3 player as the portable music player of choice, simply because they are now able to do everything an mp3 player can do, removing the need for a separate device.
All 3G phones are capable of behaving like mp3 players, although you will need to get a few accessories if you are to make the most of their capabilities. Although most phones come bundled with a cable to connect to a computer, and a basic pair of headphones, you will almost certainly need a better pair of headphones, an adapter for those headphones, and a memory card, if you want to get the best out of your phones media capabilities.
To copy your music collection onto your phone, all you need to do is convert your music into a format that is compatible with your phone, using a freeware converter downloaded from the web, and copy the converted files to the relevant folder on your phone via the cable that came with your phone.
Your mobile phone will have some internal memory, in order to enable you to store a few songs, pictures, and video clips, but if you want to use your phone as a media player proper, then you will have to install a memory card. The cheapest place to get these is on the web, although they can also be bought quite cheaply from back street electronics shops.
Unless you are really strapped for cash, it is a good idea to buy the largest capacity memory card you can find, as you will most likely just leave it in once you have installed it, and you will have to wipe files constantly to make room for new ones on a smaller card.
The headphones that came with your phone should be fine for checking whether your new set up is working, but it is recommended that you buy a good quality pair if you are going to be listening for extended periods. If you can afford it, go for a pair from a German brand such as Sennheiser, AKG, or BeyerDynamic, as these firms have a long standing reputation for quality audio to uphold.
The currently fashionable in-ear headphones do have an advantage in that they are unobtrusive, but they can hurt your ears after a while and produce a tinny, trebly sound which can be fatiguing. Larger headphones may draw more attention to you, but they are a lot more comfortable for long journeys and are capable of producing a far more rounded, realistic sound. You might need to get an adaptor, but these are widely and cheaply available from most consumer electronics stores.