|MP3 is a protocol that allows digital music and video data
files to be greatly compressed. MP3 files can be transferred over the
Internet in a minimum amount of time, while retaining high-quality audio
and video output. It is the current standard for distributing audio and
video files over the Internet.
Most modern personal computers are set up to play MP3 files with no additional hardware or software. The MP3 files on this Website (and most others) should play automatically when you click on them. If you're having any problems playing MP3 files:
Windows 95/98 users: Click the Start menu and choose Settings > Windows Update; this will take you to the Microsoft Windows Update Website. Click on Product Updates, then follow the instructions to download the latest version of the Windows Media Player. You can also save MP3 files to your hard disk and use one of the many third-party MP3 players (see below for instructions on downloading an MP3 player); this may be the best option for Netscape Navigator users who are having trouble. To save MP3 files from this Website, click on them with the right mouse button; you'll get a popup menu. Choose either Save Target As... (for Microsoft Internet Explorer) or Save Link As... (for Netscape Navigator), then save the files to a directory (folder) on your hard disk. Make sure you remember into which directory you saved them! Start your MP3 player, then open the saved MP3 file.
Macintosh users: The first thing you should do is download and install the latest version of QuickTime from Apple (http://www.apple.com). If the MP3 files still do not play automatically, you can save and play the files directly from your hard disk. To save MP3 files from this Website, hold down the Shift key while clicking on the file. You'll get a window which will let you save the file to a directory (folder) on your hard disk. Make sure you remember into which directory you saved them! You can then double-click the files on your hard disk and they should begin playing automatically (assuming you have QuickTime installed). In addition to QuickTime, you can also download a third-party MP3 player; see below for instructions.
Third-party MP3 players: There are a number of third-party MP3 players available for Windows, Macintosh, and Unix operating systems. You'll find a comprehensive list of them at mp3.com. Go to http://www.mp3.com, click on Software, then click on your computer type (Windows, Macintosh, etc.) to see a list of what's currently available.
Enjoy the music!