Of the two formats (MP3 and Real Audio), MP3 is superior in sound quality -- close to that of a CD. However, Real Audio has the highest "instant gratification factor", as the songs begin playing a few seconds after you click the mouse button while they are "streamed" to your computer. MP3 files are larger files and have to be downloaded to your computer first. There is a tradeoff. You can wait longer to have a higher quality file, or you can wait less time and have a lower quality file. Your decision. Of course, if you've got a high speed internet connection, such as DSL or cable, you might as well choose the MP3 files, since they will download in a matter of seconds.
LISTENING TO MP3 FILES:
To download and listen to the MP3 files, right click on the MP3 icon and choose "Save Link to Disk." (On a Mac, you can hold down the OPTION key while clicking on the MP3 icon, or you can click and hold the mouse button on the icon until the options menu pops up and choosing "Save Link As....") Windows users will be asked whether to open the file from its current location or to save it to disk. If you want to save the file to play it later, choose save to disk; otherwise, either option will work. Then, locate the MP3 files on your hard drive and open them with the MP3 player of your choice.The most common player for Windows users is Winamp. You can download one for free from www.winamp.com. If you are a Macintosh user, the best player is SoundJam. There is a free version available at www.soundjam.com.
LISTENING TO REAL AUDIO FILES:To play the RealAudio files, you will need the latest version of RealPlayer. If your computer is relatively new, there's a good chance you've got one installed already. If not, you can get a Real Player for free from their website. Here's how:
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