Adventures in MP3: an MP3 novice chronicles her first forays into digital music - By Helen McGovern

Adventures in MP3 Part I
Adventures in MP3 Part II

For the MP3 Novice, programs to play and make MP3 files.

MP3 Players
These programs allow you to listen to MP3 files on your computer. Simply download and install them. All are shareware and some are free.

Winamp
FreeAmp - Free and great!
MusicMatch - also rips and encodes
Sonique - Complex but powerful
AudioSoft's Virtuosa Gold - rips and encodes
Real Jukebox - Streaming giant gets on MP3 bandwagon with terrific results.
MediaBox - Plays, Rips, and Encodes. From the UK.
SoundJam - Finally, a player/encoder for Mac users!
MediaJukebox - Excellent! Streams both video and audio.
CD Rippers
CD rippers takes songs from your music CD's and digitize them into the MP3 or .WAV formats. Player/Encoders like Sound Jam and MusicMatch do both.

CD Copy - Good shareware
AudioGrabber - Excellent
AudioCatalyst - Now that Real Networks owns them, they will move to the forefront. Encodes.
MusicMatch
MediaBox - Plays, Rips, and Encodes. From the UK.
SoundJam - Finally, a player/encoder for Mac users!
MP3 Encoders
Encoders will convert music into the MP3 format that is already digitized in the .WAV format. Some Rippers only convert to .WAV so you need these programs to finish the conversion.

Producer Professional -Strong
CDH Media Wizard
AudioCatalyst
MusicMatch
AudioSoft's Virtuosa Gold
MediaBox - Plays, Rips, and Encodes. From the UK.
SoundJam - Finally, a player/encoder for Mac users!

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