Downloading and using the
mp3 audio files

N.B. This information is for guidance only. No guarantees can be given and no liability accepted if the instructions don’t work with your particular system. Please refer, as well, to the manuals and help pages that came with your computer or with any software subsequently added, or ask a computer-savvy friend to help.

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Each audio file contains ten modules. The audio files can, of course, be listened to on this website simply by clicking the links on each module page. However, if you download the files, you will find many other ways of using them. They can be added to an mp3 player and listened to when jogging, walking the dog or doing the housework or they can be written to a CD and played in the car or whilst working in the kitchen.

Downloading the audio files
To download the audio files for use away from your computer right click on the  links provided on the module pages and select, on the resulting menu, ‘Save link as’. This will open a window from where you can find or create a suitable storage folder on your computer. Once you have decided on your location simply click ‘Save’

Using the audio files on your computer
Once downloaded the audio files may be used in a variety of ways:

iTunes, Windows Media (WM) Player and other media players
Depending on how your computer preferences are set the audio files may be added automatically to iTunes or WM Player (or your preferred music media player software) when you download them. If not, you can easily add the files yourself. Open the folder where the mp3 files are stored, and your media player software, and have the two windows side-by-side on your computer screen. Then left-click on the audio file(s) of the module or modules you want (using the shift key when you click allows you to select multiple files at the same time; or, if you want to select items from different parts of the list at the same time, use the control key [command on an Apple Mac]). Keep the mouse button depressed and drag the file(s) into your media-player software window and release the button. The files will then appear as tracks in your media-player and can be used in exactly the same way as music tracks. To make the tracks easier to find in your media-player, highlight all of the ‘French by Repetition’ tracks then go to the File menu and scroll down to ‘New playlist from selection’. You will be given the opportunity to name the playlist. Choose a memorable name so you’ll be able to find them easily whenever you need them ... we suggest you call the playlist ‘French by Repetition’! From any media player it is then easy to burn the mp3 files to a CD or add them to an mp3 player.

Making a CD of the audio files ...
a) ... from within a media player
This is the best way to make a CD that is playable by standard CD players. The files are mp3 files and these can’t be played by most standard CD players including in-car systems (though some newer systems are now adding this capability). If you create an audio CD from within your media-player software, the
software will automatically convert the files to a suitable format for playing the CD in a CD player.
Create your ‘French by Repetition’ playlist (as described above) then, with a blank CD-R at the ready, simply open up the playlist in your media-player software, go to the File menu and scroll down to ‘Burn playlist to disk’ and follow the instructions on the screen. If you are asked whether you want an audio disk or an mp3 disk, choose audio disk unless you have a player which will play mp3 disks. The media-player software will tell you when to insert the CD-R and when it is ready for use. Remember that a blank CD-R can take about 650 mb of data and that each ‘French by Repetition’ mp3 file is a little over 1 mb in size.
b) ... from the downloaded files themselves
If you have a CD player which can play mp3 disks you can create a disk directly from the downloaded audio files.Start by inserting a blank CD-R into the CD-drive of your computer. The computer will ask you what you want to do with the disk. Choose ‘Burn data to disk’ and follow the instructions.

Adding the audio files to an mp3 player ...

a) ... from within a media player
Many currently available mp3 players are compatible with a particular computer media-player software. Apple iPods, for example, are fully (and only) compatible with iTunes which is also manufactured by Apple. If you have iTunes installed on your computer it will recognise when an Apple iPod is connected, via its usb cable, to the computer and will ask if you want the player to be sychronised with iTunes. If you say ‘yes’ this makes adding files to the iPod very easy and intuitive. When connected, the iPod appears in the menu on the left of the main iTunes window and files can be easily added to or deleted from it by clicking and dragging or by highlighting and using ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’ from the ‘Edit’ menu.
Other mp3 players may be similarly compatible with Windows Media Player and will function with it in a similar way.

b) ... from the downloaded files themselves
All mp3 players are, of course, compatible with mp3 files so, if you have a player other than an iPod (which is only compatible with iTunes) it is possible to drag, or copy and paste, the audio files directly into your mp3 player from the folder on your computer where you originally downloaded them to.
When you connect your mp3 player to your computer it will appear as an external drive under the ‘My computer’ menu of a Windows computer or on the desktop of an Apple Mac. Double-click the icon representing the player to open it up as a window and do the same with the folder where you stored your audio files when you dowmloaded them. Put the two windows side-by-side on your computer screen and simply drag the files from one to the other ... or highlight, copy and paste as previously described.

It isn’t possible to provide instructions for every computer system out there as users can configure their computers to interact with files in different ways, but we hope this page has provided you with enough information to make a start.

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