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 How to Download and Play MP3 Files on a PC

To get started you will need to get an MP3 player like Win amp for Windows.  this can be downloaded FREE from WinAmp Web site www.winamp.com or located on a shareware disk.

Once you have it downloaded you will need to instal it.  Find the WinAmp Program File and double click on it to bring up the set up box.  Select the directory you want to install the program into and Click NEXT to continue.

The winAmp Setup box should now appear.  Select all of the options that you want to use and click NEXT.  A message will inform you that the installation is complete.  Click 'Run WinAmp' to open the Winamp Player Programme.

Next you will need to get music from an MP3 site.  Open your web browser and go to MP3.com www.mp3.com where you will find lots of music to choose from.  When you find one click on Download link next to it.

When the File Download box appears on the screen click on the "Save this file to disk" option, select a directory to save the file into and click "Save".  You may need to provide your email address before you can download the MP3 file.

The file will now download.  Depending on what time of day you are using the Internet and the size of the file this should not take too long.  the download will tell you the Estimated time left for the download.

Once the file has downloaded open the window for the winamp player. Close the mini-browser on the right and click on the "Eject" button - this will let you open the MP3 file from your hard disk.

Once you have opened the file you should see the title of the song appear in the top window of the winamp Player in green letters and in the playlist.  you can use the controls in the graphic equaliser to fine-tune the sound.

If the MP3 file has not started playing automatically click on the "Play" button and you will see a clock start in the top left corner of the window.  you should be hearing music by now.  If not check your speakers are on and your sound card is working properly.