Why The Best Add-On Gadget For Your MP3 Player Is An FM Transmitter

Imagine … just for one moment …

You’re lying on your favorite sun lounger in your garden.

There isn’t a cloud in the sky.

You can feel the sun’s rays on your skin and there is a gentle breeze blowing through your hair.

There is a wooden table to your right. On the table is a tall glass. Inside the glass is your favorite ice-cool drink.

Next to the glass is a radio. Out of the radio’s speaker you can hear your favorite classical music, audiobooks, old time radio shows, or whatever it is that you enjoy. When whatever you are listening to finishes another one of your favorites will start without you ever having to move a muscle.

Life is good!

Okay, you can stop imagining now and get back down to reality. The reason I asked you to imagine that particular scenario is that I wanted you to feel just how wonderful it is to have a little device called an FM transmitter. Some of you reading this will know what I’m talking about, but for those who don’t let me explain.

An FM transmitter is a rather clever gadget that allows you to transmit sound directly from your computer to any radio in your house. It’s completely wireless and works just like a normal radio station, but on a much smaller scale.

Here’s what happens. It’s really easy.

Step 1 – You plug the device into your sound card.

Step 2 – You select a frequency on the device that you want to broadcast at. For example you might select 92.5 FM.

Step 3 – You pick a radio show you’d like to listen to and start it playing on your computer.

Step 4 – You go to any FM radio in your house and tune it in to 92.5 FM.

Step 5 – You sit down and enjoy

The radio needs to be within a certain range, which will vary between 50 feet and 300 feet depending on the strength of the FM transmitter you are using and the number of walls and other obstructions the signal need to pass through to get to you.

The wonderful thing about FM transmitters is it allows you to listen to all the MP3 files you have stored on your computer or one of the online music services, whilst at the same time giving you the freedom to move around your house.

Luckily, the price of FM transmitters has dropped over the past few years and you should be able to pick up a decent FM transmitter that will work throughout a typical house for less than $100.

When purchasing an FM transmitter there are several things you need to consider before you make your decision to buy. Most important of all is the distance the signal covers. If you live in a tiny apartment there’s no need to spend the extra money on a powerful unit that will transmit 1000 feet, unless of course you want the whole neighborhood to be able to tune in to your broadcast. On the other hand, don’t buy one that will only transmit 10 feet if you want to listen at the bottom of the garden which is 150 feet from your computer.

A second thing to look out for is a digital display. Some units have no digital display telling you what frequency you are tuned into and require you to turn a screw on the back to adjust the frequency. This procedure can take quite some time as it requires a bit of trial and error. The end result is exactly the same, but with a digital display it is easy to set the FM transmitter to a specific frequency by reading the numbers on the display and then set the radio to exactly the same frequency.

Finally, some units require batteries whereas others run from the mains power supply. If the unit you purchase works on batteries ensure that it has an auto-off feature that will let you set a time limit after which the device will automatically switch off. If you don’t have this you’ll find yourself wasting a lot of batteries.

FM transmitters are ideal for transmitting around your house, but the same technology can also provide an ideal way of listening to your MP3 player in your car without having to invest in an in-car MP3 unit. All you need to do is plug a battery powered FM transmitter into your MP3 player and then tune the car stereo into the same frequency as the transmitter.

So, now now you understand just how easy it is to set-up your own micro radio station for your very own listening pleasure. Whether you’re a music fan, an audiobook lover, or an old time radio aficionado, this is one little gadget that can really add to the overall enjoyment.

Book Review: Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 and at an early age began writing as a newspaper reporter. He had visions of becoming a lawyer and did in fact enter law school, but financial constraints soon forced him to withdraw.

In 1908 industrialist Andrew Carnegie asked him to interview hundreds of successful men and women in an effort to prove his theory that success could be simplified down to a clear-cut formula.

Hill interviewed some of the most famous and richest people alive at the time. He first published his findings in “The Law of Success”. In 1937 he published “Think and Grow Rich” in which he revealed additional information about his success formula.

Think and Grow Rich

If you’ve ever studied business then you’ve most probably already heard of “Think and Grow Rich”. Maybe you’re even one of the tens of millions who have read it.

I myself have read this book twice now and have listened to the audio version many times. I consider it to be my business mindset bible.

Published over 70 years ago this book is more popular than ever, which is proof that the information contained in it is truly timeless. It has also sold more than thirty million copies to date.

In this classic book Napoleon Hill documents the results of his life’s work in creating a solid repeatable formula for success.

The book is divided into these thirteen steps:

o Desire
o Faith
o Autosuggestion
o Specialized Knowledge
o Imagination
o Organized Planning
o Decision
o Persistence
o Power of the Master Mind
o The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
o The Subconscious Mind
o The Brain
o The Sixth Sense

He then goes on to explain how to overcome fear which he has identified as one of the key hurdles which we must overcome if we’re to develop a solid business mindset.

Have You Read it Yet?

I recommend you read or listen to this book at least every few years, just to ensure you don’t stray off track. As Daymond John (founder and CEO of FUBU apparel) says:

“I read it every two to three years to keep my drive going”.

If you read, understand and follow Hills thirteen steps then you will achieve success in whatever it is you choose to do. It’s just a matter of time.

To try the audiobook version of Think and Grow Rich you can download the first two chapters for free from my website.

7 Pros and 7 Cons of Audiobooks

I just finished my first audiobook. And it was an experience worth sharing:

I had been reading reviews and blog posts and tweets about Seth Godin’s newest book, Linchpin. Went to a couple of bookshops on my way to work/home; it wasn’t available. So I went to Amazon.com to order one. I was at Amazon after a long time, and was surprised to see the options available: Kindle (ebook download), hardcover, paperback, audio CD and audio download. Audio download looked like the fastest option so I checked it out. It took me to Audible.com – an Amazon company, where an audio download was being offered for just USD7.49 with a new membership! I signed up, paid the money, downloaded the book, and started listening to it right away! The benefits:

1. It’s fast. I was listening to the book after just a few clicks in few minutes.
2. It’s cheap. Book versions were USD13-25.
3. It’s convenient. I copied the file to my iPhone to listen during my commute to and from work.
4. It’s safe. A copy each on my computer, iPhone and backup is likely to last (damage-free) as long as I wish.
5. It takes no space. So less clutter. No worries about whether to keep, sell off, recycle or give-away.
6. It’s environment-friendly. No paper, ink, chemicals.
7. It’s comfortable. For someone who spends a lot of time in front of computers or books, this is a good break for the eyes. You can listen while standing, walking or lying down.

And the disadvantages:

1. You need technology – computer, Internet access, applications like iTunes, and power supply
2. You need a handheld device to maximize the use of audiobooks – iPhone, iPod or any other MP3 player
3. You need a credit card for online purchase
4. You can’t share. I love giving away my books to someone who might enjoy/benefit. Most audiobooks can’t be shared on multiple computers/accounts.
5. You can’t refer as easily. I like to go back to particular passages in my favorite books for inspiration/information/sharing. In audiobooks, you can fast-forward to chapters but it’s difficult to go to the exact passage you are looking for.
6. You can lose it easily – unless you have a good backup system.
7. You become anti-social. Your chances of interesting conversations with strangers greatly diminish if you go around with headphones in your ears.

On balance, I think it depends on your lifestyle, circumstances and even the kind of book you want to read. Please take a few minutes to share your views through comments: Have you tried an audiobook? If not, will you? What other pros and cons can you think of?