8870Re: [RedHotJazz] Accessibility on the Red Hot Jazz Archive
- Oct 29, 2011Greetings from FixitLand!
Bob Smith wrote:
> Some folks on another forum who are running Macs are having troubleFor some time now, I have been unable to access any track on RHJ. The
> accessing individual recordings on the RHJ Archive site.
> I should be interested in hearing from anybody with a Mac on this
> forum who can access individual recordings,
> All the Jelly Roll Morton recordings under his Solo Discography
> that are printed in yellow are available on a PC, so I should be
> very interested to hear from any Mac owner who can access these
files are RealPlayer ".ra" files, which properly launch Real Player
when double-clicked, but RP then reports "A general error has
occurred." and it's game-over. I don't know whether this is a fault
of Real Player or the site. Trying to download, for example, the
following link --
-- returns a file "canal.ra.ram" (Real Audio Metafile). Does not open
in Real Player (same error).
I tried updating Real Player -- apparently "Version 14" is most
current. But I cannot! The version that runs on my Mac (OS X 10.4.11
"Tiger," on a PowerBook G4) is version 12, and the update attempt
just reinstalled the same version. The upgrade site talks about
Windows and peecees, so it appears the Mac version of RP has not
(will not?) be updated!
Not that I'm enthused at all about the use of the Real Audio
format...MP3s would be better and much more ubiquitous.
For that matter, the files (when they *were* accessible) varied
widely in quality (mostly bad). I supplied some tracks (Jack Crawford
Orchestra) to Scott Alexander, who promptly re-processed them,
apparently through some kind of audio meat-grinder software.
"Two things are aesthetically perfect in the world -- the clock and
the cat."--Emile Auguste Chartier
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