Why did MP3’s and compressed files become so popular?:
– MP3’s were designed to save file space when storage limits on portable players was comparatively low, and at a time when broadband connections were not as prevalent as they are now.
– The fidelity of an MP3 depends largely on the bit-rate used, and a variety of other factors. Additionally, when portable media players first became popular, some suffered from poor battery life and long recharge time; this was especially true for some very popular hard disk-based players.