The manufacturers claims are just estimates. The number of songs you can store will depend on the length of the songs and the compression rate used for each song.
The "1mb = 1min" ratio is based on 128kb mp3 files which is 'near CD quality' for the average user on standard phones. The 1gb stores around 250 songs is about right at this compression (128kb).
I've had 5 mp3 players, and I'd have to say the minimum you'd want would be 512mb considering the number of songs you have. Personally I have 900 songs, and a 256mb unit, holding 60 songs, so run out of space quickly. Gotta get a Zen Micro or something similar, any suggestions? lol.
I'm really confused.
In my pre-buying research, I've looked at a number of 1gb mp3 players. What I don't get is, if 2 mp3 players are BOTH 1 gig, why does each one claim to be able to store a DIFFERENT number of songs? like one 1 gig player stores 8-10 albums, i've heard that 1mb=1 minute, so technically, shouldn't 1 gig=1024minutes, which is 17 hours of songs, more or less? but that's not 8-10 albums! or i've also heard that another 1gb mp3 player stores 250 songs.
I don't know, who is right?
I've got about 310 songs right now, totalling at 1250 minutes.
It sounds like 1gb won't be enough, but factoring in possible compression (another phenomenon I'm confused about), would 1gb be enough? I heard that a 1gb player can hold 600 songs if theyre compressed? How much can a 1gb player hold without sounding too awful?
If you could answer any of these questions, that'd be great!