How to set up your browser to play MP3

There are a number of browser plugins and stand alone MP3 players that you can use to replay MP3 encoded recordings. Among these are Quicktime, Microsoft Media Player, Realplayer G2, Winamp and so on.

If you set up with Quicktime, it all happens with a minimum of fuss (all things being equal). However, if you'd rather use Realplayer G2, the following procedure will help.


Setting up MP3 if your browser is Netscape with Windows

Very easy. Download and run "MP3Fix.exe"



Setting up MP3 if your browser is Netscape with Macintosh OS

Sometimes your default MP3 player isn't properly defined. Here's how to define it as the G2 Player.

To begin with, you may need to alter your current default player:

1. Go to the tool bar on your Netscape Navigator browser and click on "Edit."

2. Find "Preferences" at the bottom of that list.




3. In the left hand "Category" column, choose "Navigator" and then "Applications".

4. You'll see a list of different kinds of file types to the right. As you scroll down under "Description," look for programs that have MPEG in them. When you click on them you'll see "MIME Type: audio/x-mpeg" or "MIME Type: audio/x-mpegurl." Remove them both by clicking on "Remove"

TO NOMINATE YOUR DEFAULT PLAYER

5. Scroll down until you see "audio/mpeg".



Here's what you do:


Setting up MP3 if your browser is Internet Explorer with Windows

Very easy. Download and run "MP3Fix.exe"



Setting up MP3 if your browser is Internet Explorer with Macintosh OS


STEP #1: For some reason, your current default MP3 player still isn't the G2 Player. We need to fix that by removing your current default player:

1. Go to the "Edit" menu in the toolbar and select "Preferences" at the bottom of the menu.

2. Scroll down the menu list on the left until you find the bold header entitled "Receiving Files." Under that header will be a button titled "File Helpers."



3. Click on the "File Helpers". This creates a new list of options in the right side of that window.

4. At the bottom of the right-hand section, you will see a button marked "Add...." Click on the "Add..." button. This will open a new window.

5. Enter the following data:

6. Configure the final portion of the window, labelled "Handling."

7, Next to the words "How to handle" is a pop-up menu. Click on it and select "View with Application."

8. Next to the word "Application:" at the bottom of the final section, you should see the icon of the plug in application you have chosen. If it is there, then you can skip to step 10. If it is not there, proceed through step 9.

9. Click on "Browse..." to the right of the word "Application:" Locate your chosen player in the dialog box and highlight it.

10. Click on "OK" in the very bottom right of the window.

11. You will now be back at the "Internet Explorer Preferences" window. Click on the button in the very bottom right of the window, marked "OK," and you'll be back to your Internet Explorer browser and ready to play MP3 files automatically.


Stand alone MP3 players

Many people use MP3 files through a variety of stand-alone applications. While this is not as convenient (generally) as playing through your browser, it does offer many other advantages - such as customising your player using one of the hundreds of "skins" that are offered on the Internet.

Probably the most popular free player is Winamp. As we understand it, it works only on PCs. You can download it by going here...

Or you can choose another popular free player, MVP, which works on both platforms, and download it by going here...