MP3 players have changed dramatically the role that music plays in our daily lives, giving us almost constant access to our personal listening collections as well as facilitating easy and nearly instantaneous expansion. While many consumers see increased choice and access as advantages, we often hear more about the negative effects of MP3 players, namely, possible hearing damage and rising music piracy, than we do about the positive effects.
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Th flip side to heightened music piracy is more play time. Due to the ease of downloading, transferring and listening to MP3s, artists can get their music out to more people much faster than before. Furthermore, MP3s allow people to share media, leading not only to wider circulation for artists through the snowball effect, but also much greater musical choice for listeners.
Creating Your Environment
As Projects by Students for Students points out, MP3 players allow an individual to choose her media environment throughout the day. According to the Pediatrics Committee on Communication, Americans are exposed to an average of 3,000 advertisements a day. MP3 players allow you to select your own media, put the player in your pocket and proceed with a walk, a bus ride or another activity without aural intrusion.
MP3 players are much smaller than prior media players and MP3s take up little physical space, leading to a reduction in the amount of baggage that users must carry around. The jury is still out on whether or not this means a reduction in overall waste (making an MP3 player involves an industrial process at least as toxic as that for a Walkman or record player), but such a reduction is possible.
Enhanced Concentration and Performance
For many people, listening to music increases concentration, especially for activities like exercise and studying. With MP3 players, you can simply assemble a playlist, hit play and engage in your activity with a helpful soundtrack without having to stop and switch CDs or haul a stereo system around. Research suggests that background music enhances physical performance, making MP3 players an easy way to get more out of your exercise.
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