A multimedia player characterizes the media-technical advancement of the MP3 player. It can be a mobile device, but also a software program for playing audio, video, for data storage and for storing and displaying photos.
The external structure of a multimedia player is characterized by a relatively large color display and controls, which can be, for example, a 3" to 4" TFT display.
Data transfer between personal computer( PC) and multimedia player is done via USB interface or via 1394. Data transfer rate directly depends on the interface and its version. Direct data transfer between two mobile devices, for example a digital camera or camcorder and the multimedia player can be done via Bluetooth.
Playback time is determined by the lithium-ion batteries and can last several hours. Video playback supports various video file formats, such as Audio Video Interleave( AVI), Advanced Streaming Format( ASF), DivX and various MPEG standards. Audio file formats include MP3, WindowsMedia Audio(WMA), Ogg Vorbis, Waveform Audio File(WAV), aacPlus, mp3Pro and others.
Multimedia players are equipped with flash memories and miniature hard drives and have storage capacities of 50 GB and more. The most popular multimedia players include Windows Media Player(WMP), RealPlayer and VLC media player.