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I want my MP3.

Remember the Dire Straits song, "Money for Nothing"? It started with the phrase "I want my MTV" referring to (depending on where you live in the world), the TV show "MTV" or the TV channel of the same name. MTV stood for 'Music Television'. These days it's not Music Television but Music Players (or MP3 players) that people want. Hence the title of this article "I want my MP3".

One wonders if you have to explain a pop culture reference is it then really a part of popular culture? A rhetorical question... let's get on with this article.

I finally have my very own MP3 player (see the picture right). At last I can join the 21st century where people wander the streets encased in their own extensive music play-lists. Listening to entire libraries of MP3 songs completely oblivious to their surroundings and any real need to interact with other people.

My player's even cooler because it can play videos too. Sure they're the size of a postage stamp (I'm not joking the screen is the size of a postage stamp) but still surprisingly watchable. An audio and visual distraction. An almost complete escape from the real world. I am a 21st century digital boy!

I've been wanting a video MP3 player for quite some time. Not really to play music on though (thus rendering the title of this article even more inappropriate). I wanted certain features. The ability to play video and the ability to record sound, particularly my voice.

The video feature is easy to explain. I want to optimize my YouTube videos for portable device viewing i.e. small screens. Having a really tiny screen to design for presents another challenge and another level to creating videos.

The voice record function I wanted so I could record ideas and other notes to myself any time I want. Especially when I'm out and don't want to carry a pen and notepad. How modern am I?

I haven't really got into using my new MP3 player yet. Presently it only has a couple of test voice recordings and one test video loaded onto it. However like anything new it always takes a while to make it an integral part of your life.

I really like this new addition to my life. I can see why people do want their MP3s.

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