U.S. Pop: Listening Pages

Your player software should usually be either:

  • A recent version of QuickTime (which Firefox or Safari opens automatically when you click on the listening links), or

  • iTunes — (see below for instructions on how to use iTunes to play these streaming files)

If your player software seems to skip a lot or get hung up, then a couple things you can try to do are:

  • Set the Streaming Speed in the QuickTime Preferences menu. Set it to “Long Delay.” If you do that, it might take a little longer to get started on slow connection speeds, but it buffer more of the stream before playing it, so you won’t get as many interruptions.
  • Uncheck “Play movies automatically” in the Browser tab.

If you click on one of the listening pages’ links, and it doesn’t work at all, consider the following questions:

  • Are you entering the username and password correctly? This is the general username and password announced IN CLASS, not the one sent to you via email, for your own account. Both username and password contain only numbers and lower-case letters. The security feature is case-sensitive, so it won’t work if you use any capital letters.

  • How are you connected to the Internet? The listening won’t work on “cruznet” (UC Santa Cruz’s wireless service), and this is unavoidable. University-wide security restrictions prevent us from using any streaming audio files on the wireless system. You’ll need to move to your home service, to an ethernet connection on campus, or go off campus to the wireless system at a residence or café.

  • What browser are you using, and what version of Quicktime is installed on it? If you’re using an old browser version, it might not have Quicktime 6 installed automatically. You can get it here. The listening has been tested extensively on the most recent versions of Firefox and Safari, so you might try those browsers if you’re still having trouble.

  • Try different combinations of browsers and Internet services. If it works at a local café wireless system, but not at your home, then there’s something amiss in your Internet service, your modem, or your wireless router. If it works when you plug in via ethernet, but not when you’re using a wireless connection, then the problem is with your wireless router.

  • If you email me to say the listening isn’t working, tell me ALL the details. Tell me what browser, and what version, you’re using, whether you’ve confirmed that you have Quicktime 6, tell me what your system software is, tell me what Internet service you are using, and whether you’re using ethernet or wireless. This will help me help you MUCH more quickly.

  • The listening links have been tested extensively, and work in a wide variety of situations. Please don’t lose patience! The problem is probably very simple. Let me know what you’ve tried, and what works. Bring a laptop to class, or to my office hours, and I’ll do my best to help you listen more easily. If you use a desktop, make sure you follow the email directions in the previous step.) If I can’t help you, I’ll find someone who will.

  • MEANWHILE you can also do the course listening by “right-clicking” (Windows) or “control-clicking” the song title to copy the link location. Then open quicktime, go to File —> Open URL and paste that link location into the url field. It’s a bit less convenient, but it should help you get some listening done while you’re waiting for me to reply!
    1. Open a web page with the links to the songs.
    2. But instead of clicking on the link to play the song — which would normally open a separate browser window with an embedded quicktime player — right click on the link and copy it.
    3. Open the Quicktime Player application (you may have to download it: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/)
    4. Do File / Open URL… and paste the link, then OK.
    5. You should be prompted for the password and the song should play.

Happy listening!

-B