the audio files from this web site to your computer in either
MP3 16-bit format or WMA
MP3 files are
highly compressed sound files, and download quickly over cable and
DSL connections. They are about one-tenth the size of CD sound
MP3 audio files are both PC and MAC compatible.
WMA files (Windows
Media files) are another commonly used format for highly compressed
sound files. WMA files are PC (not MAC) compatible.
WMA files are
about 1/2 the size of MP3 files, and are best for dial-up
connections: smaller files, yet normally acceptable quality even
though so highly compressed.
MP3 files offer better
quality for the size difference, yet still download quickly over
cable and DSL.
A typical 30 minute lecture in
MP3 format from this website will take about
only seconds to download to your computer over cable and
The same lecture in
WMA format will take about 10
minutes to download over 56k modem dialup connection. WMA
files are being offered "ad experimentum" as a courtesy to our
dial-up customers. Normally if you prefer better quality over
shorter download times, you should choose the MP3 formats.
file formats are available on this website. You are free to
choose either format according to your preference for quality and
Once downloaded to
listen to the conferences right away or at any time
at your computer, if your computer is equipped with sound.
You can burn these conferences onto BLANK
audio CD-R's so you can
listen to them in your car, on a walkman, or any other
You can transfer the file to a portable digital audio device,
also known as an MP3 player.
The MP3 player
you use must be capable of playing the more highly
compressed 16-bit and 8-bit file formats available on
MP3 player enables you to listen to these Conferences
wherever you are:
while walking, traveling, cleaning, getting necessary exercise and
An MP3 player is a very small hardware device that stores, organizes,
and plays compressed digital sound files, such as MP3 and WMA files, without the need to carry around any audio CDs or
cassette tapes, or the larger hardware devices associated with
MP3 Players can play both WMA
and MP3 audio files, though each will have a different bit range
The bit range is the level of file compression.
For files like those available on this site (30-45 minute
conferences) we have chosen a higher compression of 8 and 16 bit to
minimize download times.
MP3 players offer many conveniences and advantages over
the earlier use of portable CD and tape cassette players.
An MP3 player is a fraction of the size, fits easily in the palm
of your hand or in a pocket, and can hold far more audio content.
Simply connect your
MP3 player to your computer
standard USB port, and you're ready to download digital files from your
computer onto the digital playing device.
Some MP3 players come with software for your computer, and a cable
which allows transfer of audio files from your computer to your
player, as well as a method of organizing them.
players with internal flash drives, such as those featured on this
web site, need no software at all. Just drag and drop!
In either event, the process is
simple and easy to do.
Once MP3 files are downloaded from your computer to your digital player,
they can be stored
indefinitely in the unit’s memory, organized into playlists (in any order
you prefer), and played back whenever you like.
Most portable digital players fall into two main groups:
Flash-based Players: these have either permanent flash drives or open expansion slots for flash memory cards that are removable
and/or exchangeable . These have a somewhat limited storage capacity,
but are better for use where skip-free performance is desired, such as
during walking or exercise.
Hard-disk Players: these have permanent, internal small hard
drives, similar to those found in laptop computers. These have a much
larger capacity, similar to that of many computers, yet are still small
enough to fit easily into one's pocket.
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