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Audio Set-Up

RealPlayer: A Recommended Audio Player

You will be listening to a lot of audio for this course, and the audio files will be in MP3 format. There are many programs you can use to play MP3 files on your computer. For this course, you will need to use a player that will give you control over the audio (volume, repeat play), but will also allow you to view the accompanying webpage on the screen. The RealPlayer is a good choice for this! QuickTime, which is often the default audio player on a computer, is a very poor choice, because QuickTime makes it hard to listen to audio and view a webpage at the same time. There are similar problems with iTunes - if you are using iTunes as your default MP3 player, you will find it very hard to view text while listening to the audio at the same time.

Note: If you prefer to use some player other than RealPlayer, that is okay - provided that you can see the text on a webpage and listen to the audio at the same time! Another good little player you might consider, for example, is WinAmp. It's also possible to use Windows MediaPlayer with the player minimized so that it does not fill up your screen. (Click here if you want to know how to minimize the Windows Media Player.)

Instructions for Getting RealPlayer

Here are some instructions for making RealPlayer your default audio player:

Check your Programs (Windows) or Applications (Macintosh) to see if you have RealPlayer already.

If you do not have RealPlayer already, you need to download and install the free version of RealPlayer from the Real website.

Make sure you click on the Free Player button in the upper right-hand corner of the page - you don't want to get the premium (paid) version, and you don't want a free trial of the premium version. You are looking for the Free (Basic) RealPlayer.

Making RealPlayer the Default for MP3

STEP ONE: Get a sample MP3 File. To test your settings, you need to have an MP3 file to work with conveniently located on your desktop. Save this sample MP3 file to your desktop by right-mouse clicking on this link, and selecting "Save Target As" to save the file to your desktop.

STEP TWO: Make RealPlayer the default. Follow the instructions based on your operating system.


Easy way to configure RealPlayer for Windows.

The easiest way to try to do this is simply to right-mouse click on the MP3 file you have saved to the desktop, and choose the option "Open With" so that you can select RealPlayer as the audio player. This should change the default player for all MP3 files to be RealPlayer.

If this does not do the trick, you will need to follow this slightly more complicated process to make RealPlayer your default MP3 player:

1. Open Windows Explorer (NOT Internet Explorer). If you are not sure how to open Windows Explorer, you can right-mouse click on the Start button in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen, and then click Explore.

2. From the Tools menu, choose Folder Options.

3. Click on the tab that says File Types.

4. Scroll down the file extensions (they are in alphabetical order), until you find MP3. Click on the MP3 line.

5. Click the Change button.

6. RealPlayer should be on the list of Recommended Programs. Click RealPlayer and then click OK. Click Close and then close the Windows Explorer window.


Easy way to configure RealPlayer for Macintosh.

1. Right-mouse click (or control-click if you have a one-button mouse) on the MP3 file you saved to the desktop. Choose the Get Info option.

2. Locate the option that says Open With. (Make sure you have chosen the Get Info menu first!). Click the triangle to the left of the Open With: text, so that the triangle points downward. (If it is already pointing downward, there is no need to click it.)

3. Click on the drop-down box that gives the name of your audio player and select RealPlayer.

4. Click Change All. This will make RealPlayer the default player for all your MP3 files.

5. Restart your computer for the new preferences to take effect.

STEP THREE: Make Sure Audio Is Working

To make sure that your audio is working correctly, so that you can listen to the audio (over and over again) while viewing some text, click on the audio icon shown here.

ἐν ἀρχῇ ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς
τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γῆν
in beginning made the God
the heaven and the earth

Your MP3 Player should pop up, but still allowing you to read the text. (You can move the player to some place convenient on the page by clicking along the top bar and dragging the player to where you want to leave it.)

If you are having problems...

If you are having problems, check out the Windows Audio Troubleshooting page, or the Macintosh Audio Troubleshooting page.

Do the Declaration for this assignment

Please do not do this Declaration until you are able to successfully listen to audio and easily view text at the same time. This may mean you will have to do some troubleshooting with the instructor to correct any problems that you are having. You should get started on this assignment as soon as possible to give yourself time to correct any problems that come up.

Audio Configuration (2 points). Here is the text of the Declaration that you will find in Desire2Learn:

True or False: I have successfully designated RealPlayer as my default audio player for MP3 files (or else another player which, like RealPlayer, allows you to listen to audio and view text on the screen at the same time).

True or False: I have successfully listened to the sample passage "In the beginning", listening to the audio and viewing the text at the same time.

Biblical Greek Online. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. You must give the original author credit. You may not use this work for commercial purposes. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one. Page last updated: April 9, 2005 8:06 PM

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