MP3 Guide

what are mp3s?
why mp3s?
where can I play them? (iPods, cars, cd players?)
my iPod won't load the sermons?
how do I just play them from the 'sermons' page?
how do I download them from the 'sermons' page to my computer?
why does it take ages to download?
I have an mp3 file, now how do I play it on my computer?
how can I play them in a normal CD player?



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what are mp3s?

An mp3 is a compressed audio file. Because an mp3 is a file, it acts as any other file on a computer - it can be saved on a computer, cd, etc. Since mp3s have become so popular there are now other devices apart from computers which can play mp3s - such as portable mp3 players, in-car mp3 players or cd players with mp3 capabilities.

why mp3s?

The benefits of mp3s over tapes fall into 2 categories. The first category involves the benefits of digitsing the sermons and the second, the benefits of mp3s over other formats available. Digitising a sermon means recording the sermon into a file on the computer. This retains the quality of the recording and allows us to easily reproduce and distribute the sermons. However, simply digitising the sermon occupies too much space, so a compressed audio file can be made to reduce the size of the file. Mp3s are just one of several formats that are able to do this. The benefit of mp3s over the other formats is due the to their popularity. Free mp3 players exist for all computers, and portable mp3 players are available for as little as ten pounds on ebay.

where can I play them? (iPods, cars?)

You will need some form of mp3 player to play the sermons - an ordinary cd player will not do (although you can follow the 'how can I play them in a normal CD player?' instructions below). Mp3 players can either be a computer or portable mp3 player (such as an iPod). The earphone jack from an mp3 player can be plugged into other devices if desired - such as a home stereo. A popular approach is to buy a 'tape with an audio jack lead' from electrical shops which allows the tape to be played in a car with the portable mp3 player attached, allowing you to listen to the sermons through the car speakers.

my iPod won't load the sermons?

If you have purchased a cd off the site, then to get the iPod to load the sermons, insert one disc at a time. Open the iTunes program, copy the sermon into the library AND connect the iPod before removing the cd. iTunes seems to hold a reference to the sermon, and requires the cd when copying the sermons to the actual iPod.

how do I just play them from the 'sermons' page?

Due to a necessary change in the way the sermons are downloaded, the pseudo-streaming functionality has been lost. To listen to a sermon from the website it is better to click 'Save' and download it, since clicking 'Open' will now require the whole file to be downloaded before playing can commence. The Open and Save do the same thing, except opening does not allow you to save the sermon for future reference.

how do I download them from the 'sermons' page to my computer?

For Windows machines, on the sermons page, right click one, and choose 'Save Target As'. Save it somewhere on your computer where you will remember.

why does it take ages to download?

The files are typically 6mb. If you are not using a broadband service, it could take a while to download (e.g. 20mins). There are programs available which can improve downloading files and can handle resuming the download when a connection drops half way through (for example, getright for Windows users).

I have an mp3 file, now how do I play it on my computer?

There are many mp3 players available, and it is likely that your computer is already equipped to play mp3s. Find an mp3 file and then open it. See what happens. For Windows users, if some sort of 'Open with' dialog window appears, then you do not have an mp3 player on your computer. Regardless of whether you have a default player or not, you can always just download another free mp3 player from the Internet - there are plenty.

how can I play them from a normal CD?

To convert the mp3 file to an audio CD, follow these steps...
Download "DeepBurner Free" from http://www.deepburner.com/index.php?r=download. Install the software (its free) and put a new CD-R in the computer. If the computer asks you to format the CD don't. Load DeepBurner from the Start menu -> all programs -> DeepBurner -> DeepBurner. When it loads, choose audio cd and then two windows will appear inside - one 'explorer' and the other 'audio cd#1' view. If the program asks - choose 'No Multisession'. From the explorer window find the mp3 file you downloaded and want to convert to the CD. Then get the two windows next to each other and drag the file across to the 'audio cd#1' window. Still in the audio window, click burn and change 'Session At Once' to 'Disc At Once' and then click the burn button in the lower right corner. After it finished (after pausing on 100% complete for a minute or so) a "ta-da" sound will be made to indicate completion. Now play it in a CD player. Note that some modern CD players will accept the reusable CD-RWs.