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Programs to Encode and Play MP3 Audio Files
By Craig Brougher

Robbie,  I went to the address you linked on the MMD yesterday and
tried 2 players on file app_002c.mp3  Neither AudioActive or Nero
could play it.  I get a window that says, "Unexpected file format."

Somehow, the mp3 file you have at the Sounds page gets automatically
categorized as a RealPlayer file, and I have nothing to play it.
Would the ISP do that?  Surely not.  I am really perplexed about this,
and suspect that if I have it, so do others have it.  It's like a virus.
How do we fix that?

Craig Brougher

 [ At is audio file
 [ app002c.mp3 (note the new file name) encoded as MPEG 2.5 layer 3,
 [ 24 kbit (streaming) 11.025 kHz mono.  It was tested with players
 [ Audioactive Player 2.06c and Winamp v2.64.  Also at the Sounds page
 [ is "Boll Weevil Blues", file BollWeevil.mp3, encoded as MPEG 1.0.
 [ Check the specifications of your existing audio player programs to
 [ see if they can decode MPEG 2.5 layer 3 encoded audio.  Links to
 [ Winamp and Audioactive download sites are at the MMD Sounds page.
 [ After downloading the audio file try changing the extension to, e.g.,
 [ *.zyx or something not used.  Then when you click to open the file
 [ you can choose which player program to associate with this extension.
 [ Presently at your computer the extension *.mp3 is associated with
 [ RealAudio, so Windows thinks that program RealPlayer should open it.
 [ This is okay unless you want a different program to play mp3 files.
 [ Try the methods reported previously to break the association
 [ of "mp3" with RealPlayer.  You can leave intact the existing
 [ associations for *.ra and *.ram since these are RealAudio formats,
 [ not MPEG encoded formats.
 [-- Robbie

(Message sent Sun 24 Feb 2002, 15:04:20 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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