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Can I Play MP3s on my Mac?
Understand the Mac & MP3
By Russell Kibbee
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2000-10-11
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The focus of these tutorials has been on playing and ripping MP3 files on PCs, however there is a powerful group in the creative world that uses Macintosh computers. This section will cover the options available to you and give you ideas on how to experience the MP3 world in a wonderful way.

Step 1: Learn the mp3 format structure
Unlike many of the proprietary file types out there that are readable only on Mac or PC, MP3 is universal. The ".mp3" extension on the file allows any computer to identify the file, and then utilize a player to read it.

Step 2: How Mac handles the files
The Mac will identify the file and if an appropriate player is available on the computer, it will launch and begin playing the song. If there is no player on the Mac, then it will indicate the file type and ask you what program you want it to use in opening the file.

Step 3: Can I "Rip" files on a Mac
Yes, you can take music off CDs and put it on your hard drive in a compressed format (ripping) using a Mac. Special software is required to do this and the options are somewhat limited.

Step 4: Beware of player vs. ripper
The important concept to remember is the distinction between Mac "player" vs. "ripper". Most programs do one or the other. There is a program that we will discuss that does both (all in one program).


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