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MP3 Book [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Bill Mann
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Book Description

1 Jan 2000
-- 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.

Product details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US; illustrated edition edition (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072122900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072122909
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,804,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The MP3 file format is a technology that threatens to revolutionise the way that music is played, recorded and copied-- and it scares industry executives. But unlike so many works on this subject, I want my MP3!, is a title not for the businessman, nor the record producer, nor the programmer, but a book for those who just want to be able to listen, copy and play music on their PCs.

I Want my MP3! covers the process of installing and using MP3 players, rippers and utilities, as well as explaining how to search for files using MP3 search engines; how to burn MP3s onto CDs; and how to buy the right PC, boom box, car radio or portable player on which to play your funky tunes. The author has 11 books to his credit, and his well-worn writing style is clear and concise, if a tad perfunctory. The CD that accompanies this title has some interesting songs on it, and many of the applications featured in the book are included, where freebie or shareware versions are available. Where other books of this type are dominated by screenshots of the much used but much seen WinAmp player, Mann makes good use of the Sonique and MusicMatch Jukebox player in examples and instructions throughout the text.

Those who are looking for a few top tips to finding stashes of illegal MP3s will be very disappointed--it seems that Mann is a man with a conscience. But for every other digital music enthusiast, particularly those with more enthusiasm than experience, this guide is recommended. --Josh Smith

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for experts and beginners alike 2 Nov 2001
By A Customer
I Want My MP3 is a great book for anyone who is interested in MP3. It has information on anything you want to know about MP3, software, hardware, websites and the subject concerning the legal issues of MP3. The topics are full of every issue concerning it and no information is ommited. It has full reviews of the best websites, software and hardware. It clearly points out the two kinds of MP3 software and even has user friendly guides on how to use some of them. It gives advice on how to tell if an MP3 file is legal or not, and also states what all the jargon means in plain English. It also explains all the different options of listening to MP3 when away from the computer. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to start getting in to MP3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A-Z MP3! 18 Dec 1999
By PaulMayson - Published on Amazon.com
This book has everything that you would ever need to know to get started or take your MP3 skills to the next level. Cool content for computer savvy music lovers with a couple extra bucks. Unlike most computer books, the author writes in a style that's easy to understand - for even the most novice of novices.
Contains info on playing, downloading, ripping MP3s and everything you need to know about the newest MP3 players and recorders. Good reference to start with if you know nothing or just want to learn more about MP3's.
The CD that comes with the book has some great MP3 music too - including ENIS. What a great bunch of guys they are.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn More about this Booming Technology! 1 Feb 2000
By Jim Moran - Published on Amazon.com
MP3 is the latest technology developed for the downloading and playing of music on personal computers today. It has also opened the door for lots of people to access, play, create, and affordably distribute their own music to others.
Bill Mann has written I Want My MP3 to encourage computer-savvy readers to take advantage of this new and exciting technology. The book covers a broad and thoughtfully interwoven range of topics related to MP3 technology, such as obtaining and using MP3 and utility programs, buying MP3 players for the home, office, and car, accessing and downloading sound files from online services, buying MP3 music online, creating your own kind of music, and sharing music (legally) with others!
This book offers a wealth of online resources for readers to obtain MP3 music files. A number of MP3 online music services, libraries, and search engines are discussed to help readers find the tunes and special effects they want. Is your computer able to handle MP3? Bill Mann provides readers with the insight they need to upgrade their own equipment to handle MP3 technology, including the installation and use of CD burners which have made the sharing of computer data a much simpler and affordable task!
MP3 may not be for everyone but I did happen to find the MP3 files included on the accompanying CD simply breath-taking. It's amazing how these files can be stored and accessed online. Convenient distribution has made this file format big business for a lot of people. Professional musicians, music buffs, computer hobbyists, and Web developers should learn more about this booming technology and put it to use.
This book is easy to read and follow along. It is highly recommended. Consider subscribing to some of the online newsgroups, mailing lists, and newsletters featured in the book for further educational experience. Readers are cautioned to avoid Websites offering suspected unlawful distribution of music files and the availability of other illegal content!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive look at the MP3 phenomena 8 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book covers nearly everything you'd want to know about mp3s: software, hardware, players, web sites...it includes mp3s by 15 bands, too. The song, "Siberia" by the Minnesota-based group Big Sky is a standout! This phenomenal track features great F vocals by Johnna Morrow, and amazing M vocals where the guy sings 3 notes at once (throat-singing?). It's worth the cost of the book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good tutorials but very little technical information 18 Dec 1999
By John Philips - Published on Amazon.com
This book has lots of good tutorials but virtualy no technical information on the MP3 format. Also, there is not much information for musicians who want to promote their music on the Web.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Mann & the free CD rocks! 22 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Not only is this book a fantastic reference, but it comes with a CD. The music is FUN - check out the song "You're the One" by the Sugarfriedsuperos!
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