For audiobook lovers, a good MP3 player could be so important since it will produce great listening experience for the listeners. Thus, it’s more important to choose a good MP3 player in advance. Here in this article, we will discuss on the necessary factors to consider while choosing the best MP3 player to listen to audiobooks.
How to Choose A Good MP3 Player to Play Audiobooks
1. Quality for Playback Audiobooks
Playback quality, or sound clarity, is the basic thing to decide whether an MP3 player is good or not. An audiobook player with great playback quality will make you more comfortable while listening to those spoken words. So it will always be necessary for you to try a sample audiobook to test the sound clarity before buying the MP3 player.
2. Storage Capacity
The storage capacity of an MP3 player is another important factor to consider if you have numerous audiobook files to put on the MP3 player for playback. As a complete audiobook file often has a large size, you’d better to make sure your audiobook player has 4GB to 8GB capacity to store all your audiobooks.
3. Battery Life
As we know, an audiobook file will often be in hours long. In this case, a good MP3 player for audiobooks should also be equipped with a long battery life, commonly for 10 to 15 hours in total, with which you won’t be interrupted by the sudden power off of the audiobook player when you are in the middle of a good scene of the audiobook.
Bookmarking ability within an audiobook player is set to allow you to bookmark a specific chapter or page so that you can come back later at this point without listening from the very beginning of the audiobook next time. Since you can’t always finish listening to a whole audiobook once, the basic bookmarking feature of an MP3 player is necessary and important.
5. Supported Audio Formats
Generally speaking, a regular MP3 player should support some common audio formats, such as MP3, AAC, WMV, etc. So before you buy an MP3 player, you should confirm what kind of audiobook formats it’s compatible with. You can download free audiobooks from online services like Overdrive, Lit2Go, Librophile, and so on to test whether the audiobooks play well on your MP3 player. But you should also know that some audiobooks are encrypted by DRM and only allowed to be played on selected MP3 players, such as iPod. Those well known DRM-locked audiobooks are often sold from Apple iTunes Store and Audible.com. In order to listen to the DRM-ed audiobooks, you must either use the approved audiobook players or use some audiobook DRM removal tools, such as TunesKit DRM Audiobook Converter for Mac (Windows) to remove the DRM from the protected iTunes and Audible audiobooks and convert them to supported audio formats by your MP3 player.
You can simply follow this tutorial to see how to remove DRM protection from iTunes/Audible audiobooks: How to convert Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3 >>