MP3 is used to encompass the programs that create and process the entire range of steps that are involved, as well as the music itself and the hardware.
There are four steps in converting a CD music selection to an MP3-encoded file so that you can listen to the selection on an MP3 player.
The ripper program moves sound sequences from a compact disk to the hard drive as a WAV file.
The encoder program converts the WAV to an MP3 file.
The Player program decodes and decompresses the compressed and encoded file to play the MP3.
You hear the MP3 file as normal analog sound.
Most of the MP3 players on the market come with software to rip, encode, and play selections. There are also many different programs—shareware, freeware, and ...