Despite the obvious capacity for listening to music, I got my MP3 player to listen to sermons, talks, and other resources -- in other words, to learn something on the bus to and from Day Job.
I've started loading the MP3s from the Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood -- which I blogged about earlier -- and thought it would be a good way to learn about chanting. Lots of diagrams and Latin terms and what-have-you.
Well, it seems the cantors have been busy, since there are a lot of new, high-quality MP3s to download there. Not "studio chanting" for the radio, but as if you stepped inside a small church at the right moment. I love this. The page is a bit frumpy but the music is quite refreshing and God-honoring.
(It is a little disconcerting though, given the lead has almost exactly the same voice as I do, were I able to chant properly. Same timbre and enunciation, and goodness know I've heard myself recorded often enough.)