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Books on MP3? How big are they?

by josephcox / April 5, 2005 11:11 PM PDT

I am interested in purchasing a digital audio device primarily to listen to books. I cannot figure out the storage capacity required to handle an un-abridged novel lasting 26+/- hours. A FM receiver would be nice plus as well. Any size and product suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2005 11:23 PM PDT

I get about 10 to 15 CDs down to one MP3 CDR. That's from 10 to 15 hours in 700 Megabytes.

Since you want 26+ hours, and using that effort as a guideline I estimate you'll need a MP3 player from 1.2 to 3 gigabytes of storage.

The smallest hard disk based iPod will do fine.


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I disagree with WAD
by Jonny K / April 5, 2005 11:59 PM PDT

You can choose how many cds can fit on an mp3 device by selecting a bit rate. Bit rates tell us how good the quality is. The higher the bit rate the better the quality, but it also takes more space.
For music normally it's set at 128kbs, but when you talk about audio books you don't have to have such a high bit rate since there isn't much going on with a voice as there is when you have 3 people singing and 2 guitars rocking. Not to mention drums.
So usually you have about 48kbs for audio books. That?s 2.6 times more hours of available space.


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