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Download NPR audio files with Safari
Authored by: gconway on Mar 20, '03 02:28:35PM

I don't know if there's something "wrong" with my Safari but it has no problem downloading .smil files correctly. I just checked NPR, picked an Archived Realplayer file, and double-clicked it as usual. It appeared in my download folder as atc3.smil, showing a Realplayer icon, and played just fine. So for me this script isn't useful. However, I have noticed a problem with Safari correctly downloading Quicken .forte files from my banking service. Unlike Camino and other browsers (and despite the correct settings in Internet config, which I checked using Misfox), Safari does not properly identify these files (type and creator) for Quicken. Go figure.

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Download NPR audio files with Safari
Authored by: osxpounder on Mar 20, '03 04:17:53PM

I think NPR may have switched back; all I can tell you is that when I go to www.npr.org right now, I find a link to a RAM file.

BTW, I tried to download the "free" RealOne Player at www.real.com, only to find that their page has circular links--i.e., I can't download the free player! The link leads to yet another promotional page for the "premium" player, and that page has a link to [c'mon everybody, join in ....] the first page with the free download link. I can't find a way out of it.

So I guess I'll be listening to NPR via QuickTime, eh?

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Download NPR audio files with Safari
Authored by: bluehz on Mar 20, '03 04:50:32PM

My Safari downloaded the Safari file just fine also - doesn't launch RealPlayer - but I can click on the d/l file and it works.



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Download NPR audio files with Safari
Authored by: pheel on Mar 20, '03 07:14:24PM

Downloading a statically served file with a .smil extension works fine (I assume you downloaded one of the links in the "NPR Audio Online" box in the left column of the site).

Many of the SMIL files from NPR are served dynamically from a PHP script, though. They started using this after adding Windows Media support; the script appears to determine your media preference and then sends the correct type of file. The SMIL files served this way end up with a .smi extension instead of .smil. This is where the problem occurs.

For an example, try listening to one of the individual audio segments from today's Morning Edition.



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