Playing Audio on your Web browser
Ceolas provides audio samples in two formats: the standard au format for optimal
sound quality, and the ra (RealAudio) format, for fastest downloads.
Sound samples are typically about 30 seconds long, giving a 300kb au file, or a 50kb
ra file. We are also adding support for the Real Audio 3 format (RA3), with file sizes twice
that of RA and much better quality.
On some pages, only the au format is available, and is indicated by this button:
Otherwise, the abbreviations ra and au mark the links to the sound samples.
You can play
both formats through your Web broswers by using the appropriate helper application.
RealAudio helper application
Use the RealAudio
player from Progressive Networks, inventors of the format.
RealAudio is designed to play the sound as it downloads. Congestion of the net often
causes the sample to break up in the middle; to avoid this, the files served from
Ceolas will download entirely before starting to play.
AU helper applications
Sound Machine, and you'll be ready to go.
The two most common players are WPLANY and WHAM.
Virtual Audio has a page
which reviews these players and gives installation instruction for Netscape,
but is also of use for other browsers (the Wplany link there is obsolete, try
here instead. Also, if you don't have a sound card, you
will need this software
Most Unix systems have built-in sound players. If that doesn't work for you, there
are a few other options, though none are very simple (life is never easy in Unix,
is it?). If you have a Sun Sparcstation, go for
XPlay. Otherwise, you can follow
Mosaic's advice and get showaudio, their default player, which comes as part of
the metamail mime viewer.
Netscape reccomends AudioFile
though that is also a large system of which the player is only a small part. If you
find any simpler system, please let me know!
Linking the Helper Applications
Depending on your browser, you may have to link the helper application to the
browser. If you are using Netscape,
is a guide to setting up helper applications.
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