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MIXMAN DM2 by Digital Blue
Lots of kids these days dream of being the next hot DJ, spinning spell-binding mixes to mesmerized hipsters at local clubs and raves. The Mixman DM2, a piece of hardware that plugs into a PC coupled with software that brings it to life, is perfect for teens and college students looking for their first device that digitally blends tracks from different songs and provides other DJ effects. It's marketed as a novice's first digital mixing studio. With additional software, the DM2 (pronounced "DM squared," short for digital music mixer) can also serve the experienced DJ well, providing a simple means to create novel sounding mixes.
The iPod Mini is the best player out there. As one guy I met at dinner said the other day, "this thing changed my life." Not only does is work really well as a music playback device it is small enough and designed well enough so that it fits into your life. You actually start to think of it as an extension of your person, like your cell phone. The other players in this general category are very good especially if you want to have all or close to all of your music collection on one portable device. The Rio Nitrus competes favorably against the iPod Mini especially if you want to go against the grain and want something different.
Among these players some only have what is called "internal" storage while others have "internal" and "external" storage. One nice thing about the external storage cards is that you can buy flash card readers which make music transfer even simpler than connecting your MP3 player. Some other things to look for in the sports players are whether they have rechargeable batteries or standard batteries. The last thing that distinguishes players is their overall weight with the battery inserted.
There are really three main ways to play your digital music in your car: 1) burn MP3 files from your collection onto CDs and buy a car stereo unit that is compatible with MP3 CDs - also make sure that the stereo will read data CDs and not just the recordable music CDs, which are a lot more expensive; (2) buy a cradle for your portable jukebox and either buy an FM transmitter or use a cassette cable; (3) buy a hard disk type digital music car stereo. The market for standalone digital audio players with onboard memory for your car is still emerging, so check out these products carefully [even though the first system by Empeg came out 5 years ago].
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