Help with Playing the Clips
Caution: RealAudio "RealOne" Player
Unfortunately my experience with RealAudio's latest player, called RealOne,
has not been positive. Sure, it plays all the audio stuff OK, but as a
piece of software I found it very intrusive into my computer system. For
example it continually ran a little program (rndal.exe) on my computer that
seemed to want to call back to the RealAudio web site. Is this thing a
player or a virus? I've removed it from my systems. I will continue
to provide RealAudio samples out on my web sites because they are small and can
stream on slow connections, but I can no longer endorse the RealAudio products
nor can I recommend that you install them. I'd recommend going with MP3
audio players instead.
Is there an alternative RealAudio player? Yes! My friend Jeff let
me know about RealAlternative,
which is a little decoder for RealAudio (among other things).
Hey, yeah, all this Internet technology is cool, but it's pretty funky to understand---and
you can't quite figure out how to play these darn clips!!! Let's see what we can do
here...And we'll start with the basics.
You do have a computer with a sound card and speakers or headphones, right? Good!
If not, well...Stay on my e-mail list and I'll let you know when I release my first
What are the sound clips?
I recorded the songs right to the PC in my studio and used some special software
to turn them into sound clips that you can listen to and get from the Internet. The
"Streaming RealAudio" stuff can be listened to by most people right from the
Internet (that's called "streaming audio"), but it's of somewhat low
quality. The MP3 ("MPEG level 3") stuff is of much higher quality (almost
CD quality!), but for most people it's not practical to listen to it if dialed in
using a modem, so
folks usually just copy the MP3 files to their PC to listen to the clip (that's called
"downloading" the file).
More information about the song formats:
- The RealAudio Web Site
- The MP3 Web Site
The original recordings were made with
Cakewalk software, by the way.
What do you need to play the tunes?
You need a special player on your computer, but you may already have it!
Follow the instructions below to attempt to play the songs. If they do not work,
then you need to download a player. Don't worry, the players are plentiful and free!
Remember: If you download a file to play it on your computer, you don't have to
reconnect to the Internet to hear it again!
"RIO" / MP3 personal stereo users: These MP3 files have been shown to
work in a RIO. They should work in other MP3 players.
If you run into trouble, please e-mail me!