Why Can't I Hear the Music?
In order to hear music on the Internet, you
need the right combination of hardware and software.
On the hardware side, you need audio speakers attached to a sound card in your
The sound card may be either built-in to your system or a separate card
installed in your computer.
Most newer system come with sound capability built in. Please check your system
You also need software to "play" the sound
file or "sound bite". After extensive research and testing, Hinshaw Music has determined the best
format to use
is MP3. This is the same format that is used for many of the recoding devices
sold today and is
the preferred format for music files on the Internet. In addition, Hinshaw Music
uses a special technique to "automatically" play the sound for you.
To be able to hear the sound bites, you need MP3
player software on your system. This converts the
MP3 file into sound and plays it through your sound card and speakers. There are
excellent MP3 players available on the Internet and they are all free. To have
the MP3 software
on your system, you must download it and install it. This only has to be done
If you already have one of the MP3
players on your system and can not hear the sound bites,
check your speaker connection to your sound card and make sure the speakers are
turned on and
the sound level is set. This is a very common problem. Another thing to check is
that the MP3
software you already have is the default player for MP3 files. Open your player
software and look
for "preferences" or "options". Most have a setting to tell the software to
automatically play MP3
files. Set it to be the default player for MP3 files. If you need assistance, please check the web site of the
specific company for your software.
Following is a list of several of the more
popular MP3 players available free from several companies. All of these have
been tested and work with the Hinshaw Music music clips.
Click on the respective web site for the product and we will take you to the
download area of their
web site. Please follow the directions there. It is a very simple process and we
have selected these
players because the company web sites have clear directions.