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How to play audiobooks on a portable device

If you think that the only portable device that will play audiobooks is an iPod, think again. The industry standard for that type of file is called an mp3 player. Google mp3 player and you will find iPod, Zune, Archos, Creative, SanDisk, Samsung, Sony, and probably even more.

Each one of these devices has a type of software that handles the mp3 file. The iPod uses iTunes, which is a free software program that runs on both Mac and PC. The catch is that you also need the software on your portable device, and the only mp3 player that has iTunes is an iPod.

If you care to invest in Apple technology, you will find it to be the easiest to use. Hey, that's why the iPod is so popular! And expensive! The audio files are mp3 and the video files are mp4, but Apple doesn't call it that. Audio are "songs" and video are "movies". Works equally well on Mac and PC. It has to work on PCs, because 97% of people using computers are on PCs.

If you want to listen to audiobooks while you are out jogging, etc., you don't need to buy an iPod. When you go shopping for a player at Best Buy or Walmart, just tell them that you want to play mp3 files. Keep in mind that the less you pay, the more work it will be to get everything to work, so if you just want to get on with your life, buy the iPod. If not, find a computer geek to help you set everything up. It will work.

Just be sure it says mp3.