What Are MP3s?

MP3s (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) are digital audio files that have been compressed in size while still maintaining their original sound quality.  Before there were MP3s, digital audio formats (such WAV files) often took hours to download.  Internet users now recognize the MP3 as the most popular format for storing and listening to music and voice on their computer, or portable MP3 player.

How Do I Download MP3s For Playback?

There are several different processes, depending on how your computer is configured. After you click the “Download MP3” link, the sermon should either save itself automatically to a temporary directory, or a personal folder or directory on your hard drive. Or, you might get a pop-up prompting you to “Open”, “Open the File”, “Save”, or “Save to Disk.” In this case, choose “Save”, or, “Save to Disk.” You will then be prompted where you would like to save the file. Choose a destination you can remember so you can find the sermon MP3 later. We recommend creating a “Bethesda Sermon Audio” folder on your computer desktop for easy access.

If you’re still having trouble downloading the sermon MP3, a quick solution is to right-click the “Download MP3” link (or left click and hold if you’re using a Mac); left-click “Save Link As”, or, “Save Target As”; name the file and click “Save”. This method is helpful when your computer is configured to download the MP3 and play it automatically.

What Software Do I Need To Play MP3s?

MP3s can be played on almost any media player (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Real Player, Winamp Player), or on your portable MP3 player.