In principle, it is easy to turn a phone into an MP3 player by installing software into the unit that decodes MP3 music and plays it through the phone's loudspeakers or headset. But only in principle, because MP3 songs require megabytes of memory space and the player software needs more processing power from the hardware than many other software used on phones.

Phones that can play MP3 are often high-end, or mid-category phones because of memory and processing power requirements. We recommend a Palm OS, Symbian OS, or Windows Mobile smartphone for MP3 music. No matter what kind of phone you choose, make sure that it comes with a removable memory card. It is an essential tool for getting enough storage space for music and it's a good technique to use when you copy MP3 songs from your computer to the phone.

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