Tips For Building And Enjoying Your iPod Music Collection

While in the past music CDs have been the main medium for collecting music, nowadays MP3s have become mainstream and iPods and media players have started to replace the classic CD player. I am going to look at some new ways to create, manage and enjoy your iPod music collection and also some neat iPod accessories such as wireless headphones and audio transmitters.

Storing songs as MP3s on a computer or media player offers a lot of advantages over keeping CDs. Songs are instantly accessible without having to search for CDs. No more skipping tracks due to scratched CDs. MP3s can store additional information such as title, artist, album, category as well as pictures. Having properly tagged MP3s helps keeping your music collection organized and instantly play any track you desire.

There are several ways to build your music collection. The first way is to convert your existing CD collection. This is done by using a so-called CD ripper. The track is read from the CD by the ripper and stored on a computer. However, you still need to input information such as track name, CD name etc. which can be rather tedious. There are some software packages available which can automatically tag songs.

However, these services are not 100% reliable and do not work on all tracks. Buying music as MP3s avoids this problem. Songs are already properly tagged. There are some other tools available for obtaining larger amounts of music without having to purchase or download individual tracks such as iGetMusic. These tools record online music services and will tag each song.

Audio quality will mostly depend on what bit rate is used. A higher bit rate will usually result in better sound quality but a larger file size. If you have enough disc space, you probably won’t have to worry about file size. If you want to put music on a portable player though such as an iPod, you’ll have to compromise between sound quality and the number of songs you can put on your player.

In addition to MP3, there are several other formats available such as WMA or AAC. Some more advanced formats such as AAC Plus will achieve the same audio quality at only half the file size of MP3. However, some MP3 and media players do not yet support some of these newer audio file formats.

Once you have built an MP3 music collection, you can enjoy it on your home media player or download your tracks onto a portable player to enjoy on the go. Having properly tagged tracks will allow you to easily find any track or play any particular album. Some media and MP3 players will also be able to display CD covers.

By using a wireless audio transmitter, you can stream the music from your computer throughout your home without running long cables. You connect the transmitter to your computer or media player. The receiver then connects to your speakers. If you prefer listening over headphones, using wireless headphones will help you enjoy your music without being tethered to your PC by a cord. When picking a wireless transmitter or pair of wireless headphones, choosing a model which employs digital transmission avoids loss of audio quality.