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Re: Real One

Subject: Re: Real One
From: Horst Flotow <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 11:15:39 +0800
I was intrigued by everyones PC "choosing" a different program to play
the sound files so I tried to find out (I'm continually amazed by the
ingenuity of the Microsoft programmers in hiding these settings in
unlikely locations) It would seem that the last program installed on a
PC capable of reading a particular file type automatically makes itself
the default (and overrides previous settings). To change this default
program that plays your MP3, MPEG etc files, go to My Computer, then in
the Tools menu go down to select the Folder options, then choose the
File types tab and click on change for the relevant file extension to
choose the program you wish to use (you can also click new to add
 programs for specific file types).

Hope that is helpful to some (it was interesting for me to find out too)



Klas Strandberg wrote:

>Yes, it can be very disturbing.
>At 17:25 2003-06-23 -0700, you wrote:
>>Funny, I was just downloading one of Martyn's sounds and it plays
>>automagically in quicktime and I haven't been able to find yet how to
>>make it stop.=20
>>More and more I hate it when I spend more time in the care and feeding
>>of the computer than doing what I'm really trying to do!  Slow
>>progression from EE to luddite, I fear.=20
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Klas Strandberg 
>>Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 12:39 PM
>>Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Real One
>>I posted two ravens at
>>May I take up this Real question again.
>>I posted "ravens" to my site as mp3. To check it, I clicked at the link.
>>Real audio program started and replayed the file as .mpga (or whatever).
>>sounded terrible!! A twisted frequency curve and broken and scratchy.
>>Then I right clicked at the link and took "save target". It downloaded
>>for a
>>few minutes and I planned to replay the file by my WaveLab.
>>But I got another .mpga file!! - which could only be replayed by the
>>program, with a terrible result!
>>I had to rename the file to MP3 to make WaveLab replay it! Then it
>>out okay.
>>I was really surprised, both that Real sounds so terribly bad, and that
>>renames mp3 files into it's own format.
>>I wonder: How many people out there listen to the sounds we post with
>>useless programs like Real - without knowing how useless it is?? Files
>>we post because we like them, but which others cannot appreciate.
>>I know I did! When I downloaded Martyn's "Eagles & waterfowl" I got it
>>mpga and replayed it with Real.
>>I am very sorry, Martyn! I will never do it again, but I didn't know!
>>Now I
>>know better.
>>Another thing: Please don't forget to remove the cellophan from your DAT
>>tapes and MD's BEFORE you start the excursion! I lost more than five
>>of a very nice recording session last night, just because I didn't have
>>sharp object to remove the fu...
>>Telinga Microphones, Botarbo,
>>S-748 96 Tobo, Sweden.
>>Phone & fax int + 295 310 01


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