A normal audio CD would store around 8 to 12 songs or music scores. Take a CD with a similar storage capacity (as the audio CD) and try to pack in around 80 to 100 MP3 music tracks. It is most likely that the CD would accomodate these tracks. Now, listen to the MP3 music and you will see that each of those tracks are complete and have not been cut short. If you wondered how this would be possible, understanding the concept of MP3 recordings would would help you. Conventional audio recorded files are converted to the MP3 format by running them through a special conversion program. The programs that create MP3 type audio files are referred to as rippers. You might have come across the term, ripping an audio file. This actually means that the audio file is being converted to the MP3 format.
The process of ripping audio files works on the principle that, many of the audio frequencies that are present in an audio file are not heard by the human ear. The ripper (program that rips) takes off content that is in these unheard frequencies, this obviously reduces the physical size of the file. Another thing that you should know is that, special devices are required to play back MP3 music files. You could play MP3 files on most computers by using a special program. Your computer will need a pair of speakers or a headset to let you listen to the MP3 music files. Portable MP3 players are today available in small convenient sizes. Infact some of these MP3 music players could be easily hung around your neck. A pair of headphones or a small set of external speakers can be used to listen to the MP3 files recorded on these MP3 players. Technology has made such MP3 players very affordable, you could get a MP3 player that holds upto 300 music tracks or songs in MP3 format for under 50 U.S$. This might sound unbelievable but you can see the impossible right here at: http://www.gizmocentral.com/