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The MP3 teaching files can be played from computers or other devices that are capable of reading MP3 files. If you have the MP3 files on CDs, you can simply insert any CD into an MP3 capable player. If you have the MP3 files on a USB flash drive, you can play them directly from the flash drive. If you are doing this from a device with a screen (computer, etc.) you can also double click the "courson.htm" file to see a menu of all the teachings.

For your own personal use, the teachings can also be transferred to your computer hard drive or to any portable media players (like iPods) that you will personally be using.

Transferring them to your hard drive can make it more convenient if you listen to the teachings from your computer. Transferring them to a portable media player (like an iPod) is a convenient way to take the teachings with you.

If you wish to do either of these, the first steps are the same. (These instructions assume a Windows computer. The same general concept holds true for Mac computers.)

Create a new folder on your computer that is a subfolder under the "Music" or "My Music" folder. Call this new folder "Courson" (without the quotation marks).

If you have the USB Flash Drive, simply copy all the files on the flash drive to the "Courson" folder that you just created.

If you have the CDs, copy the MP3 files from each of the CDs into this folder. Do not copy any other files from the CDs except the MP3 files. Also, do not create any subfolders in an attempt to better organize the files (they will end up being organized correctly by putting them all in this one folder). On the very first CD (Old Testament 1 - Genesis) there is a folder called "extra" which contains some additional files. These files are helpful when putting the MP3 teaching files on your computer hard drive or portable media player. Copy all of the files in the "extra" folder to the "Courson" folder that you created on your computer hard drive. (This is the same folder which should now contain all of the MP3 files you copied from the CDs.)

Using the teachings on your computer

To use the teachings on your computer, locate the file in your "Courson" folder that is named "courson.htm" and create a shortcut to this file on your desktop or start menu (whichever you prefer).

When you use this shortcut, it will open up a web page that shows all the teachings by book and you can simply click "play" for the teaching that you would like to hear.  (Note: This will look very similar to our website, but you are accessing everything from your computer, not from the internet.)

Some security features on your computer may prevent the teachings from playing. The main one to check is a setting in Internet Explorer that disables "active content." To enable this setting to allow the teachings to play, go into the "Tools" menu in Internet Explorer, select "Internet Options," then the "Advanced" tab. Toward the bottom of all the Advanced options is a section called "Security." Make sure that there is a check mark in the two options in the "Security" section that say "Allow active content" (one for CDs and one for the computer).

Using the teachings on your portable media player (like an iPod)

Once the teachings are on your computer hard drive in the "Courson" folder, it is easy to transfer them to your portable media player. You would do this the same way that you transfer songs to your portable media player.

If you are using an iPod, you would do this with iTunes. Many other portable media players use Windows Media Player.

iTunes or Windows Media Player may automatically add the teachings to your media library. If the teachings do not show up automatically in your library, then you need to simply tell the program to read these files.

In iTunes you do this by selecting the File menu, then "Add Folder to Library." With Windows Media Player you select the File menu, then "Add to Library," then "Add Folder."

In either case, you will point the program to the "Courson" folder and the program will read all of the teachings into the library. (Note: If the program offers to move the files to another location, select the option so that it does not move the files.)

Playlists

Some of the files that you copied into the "Courson" folder were playlists.

These playlists help to organize the teachings in iTunes or Windows Media Player. The playlists can also be transferred to your portable media player. These playlists make it much easier to navigate through all of the teachings - after all, there are over 1,200 teachings!

There are playlists for each book of the Bible. When the playlist is selected, it will only show the teachings for that book of the Bible and the teachings will be sorted in the order in which they were taught.

There are also three additional playlists - one will show only the Verse by Verse teachings, one will show only the Sunday Sermon teachings and one will show all teachings. Again, the teachings will be sorted in the order in which they were taught.

With the latest versions of Windows Media Player and iTunes, the playlists will have likely appeared automatically when you added the folder to the media player as described above. If not, then you can manually add them.
 
The playlists can be identified by their .m3u extension and they all begin with a number. This number is according to the order that the book is in the Bible. For example, the Genesis playlist is "01-Genesis.m3u" and Exodus is "02-Exodus.m3u" and so on. (Note: Some computers are set so that the extension does not show. In this case, look for the file type which would probably say ".m3u")
 
You may find it helpful to create a playlist folder that you could perhaps call “Jon Courson.” You could then drag and drop each individual Bible book playlist into this folder to keep them all together and better organized.