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Use Our MP3s

Firstly, what exactly is MP3?

Let's get the technical bit out of the way first. Here is a proper definition of MP3:

MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3): a standard technology format for compressing a digital sound recording into a very small file (about one-twelfth the size of the original file and identified with the file name suffix of ".mp3") while preserving the original level of sound quality on playback. Using perceptual audio coding and psychoacoustic compression it removes all superfluous data (more specifically, the redundant and irrelevant parts of a sound signal. The stuff the human ear doesn't hear anyway).

Ok, techie bit over except to point out that it is also possible to create an MP3 even smaller than the standard one-twelfth mentioned; a fact that we took advantage of when creating the MP3 files presented for download. We have taken for example, an original digital recording of over 900 Megabytes (Mb) and reduced it to under 5.5Mb! Contrary to our proper definition though, such massive compression does not allow us to preserve the original level of sound quality. We felt this a sacrifice worth making to ensure the widest possible distribution of the recordings. If we had used the standard method then that 5.5Mb file would have been in excess of 70Mb; a ludicrous size for anyone downloading on a 56k modem connection.

How can Mp3s be used?

In a number of different ways actually. The first and most obvious is on your computer. Providing your computer has a sound card, speakers and an MP3 player program such as Windows Media Player (included as standard since Windows 98), you should be able to play all of our recordings. But they don't have to stay locked up on your hard drive.

Perhaps you would like to listen to the ministry in the car, on the train or even while taking the dog for a walk. The good news is that MP3s are a bit like the good old fashioned egg...extremely versatile.

They can be transferred out from your PC to Mini Disks or dedicated MP3 players for example. If your PC has a CD writer, they can be written to CDs (also known as burning a CD) as data CDs for use in MP3CD players or MP3 compatible DVD players. They can also be burned as audio CDs suitable for playing in any CD player. You could even record them onto cassette tapes!

If you do have a CD writer but you are not too certain as how to create ordinary audio CDs from MP3s then may I recommend that you go to our pdf page, where you will find a pdf document covering this topic.