EMusic - subscriptions >=$10/month This site offers legal downloads. The artists are compensated for their products. A commercial download service that makes its songs available in unprotected MP3 files that work with all players.
puretracks™Home - $0.99/song - Each song download is burnable to CD, making it possible to hear music in the car, at home, or on the run, using traditional CD players. Also, songs can be transferred to Windows compatible portable devices.
Warning! - iTunes files are in M4P format. You can only use these files for iTunes on your computer or for iPods. Converting an M4P file to MP3 is not an easy or inexpensive task. You may seriously want to consider another way to get your music. Apple is again playing with proprietary software. AVOID APPLE.
You can burn the iTunes songs to an audio CD, then re-rip them as MP3s and make them freely available to any player you choose.
Puretracks.com - Toronto, ON-based digital music store Puretracks has launched a full catalogue of MP3 music files for purchase and download, completely stripped of Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions. The new DRM-free MP3 catalogue will initially feature 50,000 titles from a number of major independent labels, priced from $0.79 cents per song. Additional tracks will be added on a weekly basis
http://hardware.mp3.com/hardware/individual/2715.html (Hmm, MP3.COM link!)
http://www.novasonic.com/player.shtml (Seen at C.E.S, pretty cool design.)
http://www.mp3playerstore.com/ (This one was spotted at C.E.S and also plays VCDs! I like that.)
http://www.buytheoriginal.com/buy_it_now__/mp3_cd_player.htm for a list of 4 units.
Napster - Danger P2P filesharing - Be careful to never ever download a copyrighted file!! Make sure the artists are compensated for their products. See EMusic.com
VBR stands for variable bitrate. The bitrate throughout the file varies to maintain quality. It's an MP3 encoding method that's used when file size isn't an issue. Use VBR encoding when you want the highest audio quality. Not all MP3 players can read VBR files, however.
CBR stands for constant bitrate. CBR encoding maintains the same bitrate throughout an encoded file. Use this method when file size is critical and audio quality is of little importance.