Playing Audio Files

A few people have reported problems playing the audio files posted on this site.  I am not certain that all the problems are related.  However in an attempt to help people with this issue, it seems reasonable to post some assistance.  If you are using FireFox, try using Internet Explorer for audio files.  There are known problems with FireFox playing MP3 files.   If you are already using Internet Explorer, the problem may be a missing file association.

No File Association:
For people using Microsoft Windows XP, it is possible that you computer does not know what application to use to play the audio file. If that is the case, the fix is reasonably easy.

1)  Open a copy of My Computer and click on the Tools option in the menu bar at the top.

2) You should see a "Folders Option" selection near the bottom.  Select it.

3) Click on the File Types tab near the top and wait for the window to report your registered file types.


4)  Use the scroll bar on the right side of the window to move down until you see the MP3 extension listed.
5)  Highlight the MP3 listing and note the description below that shows the Details for "MP3" extension.  It may or may not list something for "Opens with".  This is the application that Windows uses to play the file.  In most cases, the easiest choice is Microsoft Media Player.
6)  Click on the Change button to modify or add an application for MP3 files.  Be sure to check the box at the bottom that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file."
Close all the open files and try opening an audio file to determine if the file association corrected your problem.

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