Notes on Web Browsers Embedded Players and Files:
Because there are a growing variety of browsers today for desktops, tablets and mobile devices, messages are now becoming available with three different embedded players, and via the titles (which are directly linked to the MP3 files). Hopefully one or more methods will work with your setup. It may be necessary to update your browser and/or install the Adobe FlashPlayer add-on/plug-in (free) for these to work.
In some cases PLAY may need to be pressed twice -- the audio should begin shortly after “ | | ” appears.
Browser "Zoom" size:
FireFox must have the screen size set to “100%” to display the players properly. Hold down the CTRL key & turn the mouse-wheel to change sizes (works with many browsers - for others you may need to look through HELP).
Embedded Player becomes blank:
Occasionally we have seen the blue and/or black embedded players turn white - no play/pause buttons or volume slider, etc. Reloading the page always seems to correct it (press F5 or the browser's refresh button).
Google Chrome for Windows:
This works best, overall. Recent updated versions had no problems displaying the embedded players properly or playing the files. Clicking on an open MP3 title-link plays the file with Chrome's own embedded player (the one possible "issue" some might have with this is that it takes up the entire window: see the screen shot below). When clicking on a linked MP3 in Chrome, the file needs to completely load from the site before the embedded player appears & the audio begins. This may take a moment or two, depending on your internet speed. During this period there is no activity, so the link may appear to be dead, but just give it a little time -- it is loading in the background & will start shortly.
Mozilla Firefox for Windows:
Updated versions which have the Adobe FlashPlayer Add-on played everything okay, but if Zoom is set above 100% it messes up the display of the black "List Multi-Player" (see screen shot below)
Most versions of Windows Internet Explorer that were tested had various troubles. A few versions worked – to a certain degree. These showed Embedded Player “B” at twice the normal height & had no progress bar. Some showed this player & played the files, whereas others showed it but did not play the files. Sometimes it falsely reports that the link is not valid. Others do not show the player(s) at all. Generally, this browser is not recommended for this site. (See screen shots below). (Conspiracy Theory: is Microsoft doing this deliberately so folks will have to move to ,,,,,)
Microsoft's new “Edge” for Windows 10 was tried and works very well!
We try to check links but if you come across any that do not work, please let us know so they can be corrrected. Our Conctact-Us form can be found here.
Sound Qualities/Bitrates/File sizes:
If no bitrate is specified on links, sermons are generally 16kbps (for more information about “bitrates,” click here). Embedded players are linked to the highest quality files available. Lower-quality, smaller-sized files are for faster downloading. File size can be an issue if internet speed is slow, if storage space is limited, or if you wish to download a lot of files in the shortest amount of time (say, for a long series). Some of the messages on the site come from very old, sometimes very cheap and/or frequently recopied tapes, so background noise may be present. Efforts have been made to minimze this & to adjust for speed problems, but in some cases the quality will still be so-so. Since the content of the messages is of primary importance, we trust that you will bear with any shortcomings.
(be sure to un-check “optional offer” if not interested)
An example of what happens on some browsers with Zoom set to higher than 100% (note the white space).
Chrome's built-in embedded "full-window" player - clicking on an open link plays the files as shown (be patient: it may take a while to load).
Some versions of I.E. cannot show the player correctly (as on the right) - others show it okay (left) [?] -- go figure.
"Player B" as shown on Chrome, Firefox and some versions of I.E. respectively (which is black instead of gray, twice as tall, no progress bar[?] -- go figure).
"Player B" as displayed on other versions of I.E. (“browser not supported“”).
Player(s) blank-out occasionally even on Chrome -- not sure why -- page just needs to be refreshed.