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MD vs MP3 The day is almost here Its not the second coming Its not the day Linux outsells Windows Nor is it the day when we all own flying cars and our shoes tie themselves Its the day the CD dies By using digital recording techniques recorded music could sound as true as the original and any part of a recording could be accessed instantly No more fast-forwarding or rewinding CDs however are going out of fashion as new technologies arise to replace them Taking the lead are the Minidisc format also known as MD and the truly awesome MPEG layer 3 format lovingly shortened to MP3 The two formats are both small in size skip proof and have great recordability Minidiscs are tiny CD-like discs between three and four inches across Each MD is stored in an irremovable plastic casing that brings the total size to about a two-inch square The MD works much like a CD and is also read by a laser in much the same way MDs come in 60 and 74-minute varieties Using a MD is much like using a CD open the player pop in the disc close the player and listen in Also like a CD music is divided into tracks The information on a MD is stored in the same way as a CD MP3 is different because unlike CD and MD its not a storage medium its a storage encoding The MP3 is not a record or cassette but a new way of storing music as computer data MP3s are computer files nothing more However until recently they could only be played on a computer A recent rash of ingenuity however has produced portable MP3 players that can be carried around and listened to like a portable CD or MD player You hook up the player to the computer with an included cable and use the included software to place the MP3s on the player
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