When mp3 audio format became publicly available many people started to use it right away. And the reasons of that fact are pretty easy to understand. Although it is a lossy format it gives a wonderful compression. So that allows storing much more music. At those times (in 1995, when developers offered first software and hardware mp3 players) even computer hard disks were pretty small (and space on them was precious) so mp3 format became a breakthrough.
The technology of mp3 hardware decoding was developing pretty quickly and soon a great number of different portable devices became available. Today the variety of such devices that can play music in mp3 format (but not only mp3 - modern players support different formats - some of them can even play video files) is huge. The production of mp3 players is booming - with the use of flash memory technology it has become possible to make these devices much smaller and putting mp3 files in them has become much faster. And as long as many manufacturers all over the globe are now making mp3 portable devices there are so many different models that you can easily find a player just for you.
Nowadays it is pretty hard to find something original in the world of portable mp3 players. But still there is a possibility to make your mp3 player unique - industry of mp3 player accessories is also booming and the variety of available mp3 player accessories is much bigger than the variety of mp3 players.
Just go to any online store or e-bay and you will get the clear picture about market situation with mp3 player accessories. You can find almost anything you might need to play music on you mp3 player. One of the biggest sectors of that market is of course mp3 player cases production. And these cases are meant not only to protect your player from damage but also to make it look great. There are all sorts of forms, colors and materials that these mp3 cases are made of. But if you want to have a really unique mp3 player there are special firms for your service that are ready to make a custom case for your mp3 player. Of course price will be much higher than for regular cases that are available in any online shop but you can be sure that no one in the world has similar mp3 player case.
Different mp3 player accessories for carrying are also available in a huge number - these are all kinds of bags with numerous pockets, belts for players, mp3 player shuttles. People who lead active live can also find a great number of useful things on the market. For example there is a special kind of clothes that has a built in mp3 player which allows to play your favorite music with no risk to damage the device. Specially designed mp3 sport belts can also be very useful if you like sport.
In conclusion it's worthy admitting that different small gadgets also make the use of you mp3 player mush easier. For example many mp3 players have built in Bluetooth adapter so you can easily use cordless headphones to listen to the music. That will also allow you to download needed mp3 files into player with no need to connect your mp3 player to your computer - you can make it using Bluetooth