Here are instructions for most computers made in the last several years.
Help Downloading the MP3 Files
On many computers, clicking on the MP3 file will only play it. Here's how to save the file
to your computer so you can burn a CD or transfer it to your portable player.
Windows PC or Linux
Right-click on the link to the MP3 file, and choose the option for Saving the link (or target).
It will say "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." or "Download Link...".
On most systems, double-clicking the file will open it and begin playback.
Mac OS X
Hold down the option key and click on the link to the MP3 file.
It will download to the Desktop (or other folder if you set one in preferences).
Double-clicking the icon will begin playback and add the track to your iTunes library.
Listening and CD Burning Help
These MP3's can easily be listened to on your computer.
Most computers made in the past several years include everything you
need out of the box. You need to have a sound card (which most recent PC's
include, and all Macs have one built-in), a way of hearing the talks (either speakers
or earphones) and you need MP3 player software already installed (such as Windows
Media Player, iTunes for Mac
or PC, MusicMatch).
You can also listen to these talks on portable audio players such as
You cannot, however, listen to MP3s on most Audio CD players (like car CD players or
portable CD players). For that, you need to "burn an Audio CD" from the MP3s (a process
which will automatically convert them to the appropriate format and put them on a CD).
Some CD players, especially newer ones, will play MP3 CDs. These players will say "MP3"
somewhere on them.
To convert these MP3s to Audio CDs playable on a "normal" CD Player:
You need to burn an Audio CD on your computer. Most computers include software that can do this.
If not you can also download such software for free: including MusicMatch Jukebox,
WinAmp, iTunes, etc.
When you "burn a CD" of these MP3s, the software converts the MP3s into the standard
Audio CD format (technically called AIFF files) – if not, make sure the preferences
in the software are set to burn an "Audio CD," not an MP3 CD.
Following are links to more detailed instructions: