In our Cyber Center at Queens Library we often get requests to download MP3 files. More often than not customers are able to upload audio files on their iPods, MP3 players and cell phones. Sometimes this is not possible and I wish there is a better solution to the problem.
The YALSAs blog is proposing a solution in one of their recent posts by offering a brief guide to make library computers MP3 capable by downloading three popular multimedia applications: Winamp, iTunes and amaroK.
Winamp is " the second-most used MP3 player in the world , and most importantly lets users upload files to most commercial MP3 players, iPod included." To see how to uload MP3 files through Winamp, follow this link.
iTunnes is probably the most famous and capable Mac based multimedua player for iPods, although library patrons using the program have to be careful with the sync capabilities, which can sometimes delete and replace files.
amaroK "is a terrific open-source solution that combines the flexibility of Winamp with the great user-interface of iTunes. It plays as many file types as your operating system is set-up to handle and works with a number of media devices"