1.) Sorry, but I can't suggest MP3 players that are compatible with ME as I've never searched for such. That would be a question best asked in the MP3 Player forum...they're much more knowledgeable as to what's available.
2.) Yes, you can download MP3s using a dial-up connection, but it's going to be mighty slow. How slow? It will probably take you a good 20 minutes to download a single three minute song! Thus, I'd say you should buy the CD in a store, pay for a broadband connection (if available in your area), or use a friend's computer to download them and save them to disk, transferring them to your computer and MP3 player.
3.) If you use a music service you'll may be forced to use the software they provide. No big deal. If they allow the usage of a download manager it would help for when you lose your connection and want to continue where you left off. Free Download Manager is a good free option.
4.) For selecting a music service I'd suggest clicking here. Note that not all services are compatible with all players, so the player you purchase may dictate which services you can use. That wizard will help you decide.
5.) Most groups that offer monthly music services also offer individual downloads. Walmart is usually the cheapest, while others include iTunes, Rhapsody, and Napster. You can also purchase a CD and rip it to your computer, then transfer the song to your MP3 player.
Hope this helps,
I have Windows Me and I'm wanting to buy an MP3 player. I see that many of the new MP3's require Windows XP as an operating system. I've found a few that will work with Me. I also use dial-up. Can I download music to an MP3 with dial-up? What MP3 players do you recommend with Me? Is there some software that I can purchase that will help with downloading msuic to an MP3 or will allow me to use one of the subscription services? I also have noticed that some of the music subscription services require Windows Xp for system compatibility. Where can I find a good source for music if I can't use the subscription services?