Many websites embed MP3 audio files in pages with HyperText Markup Language (HTML) design code. This doesn't mean that the audio file has been converted to HTML format, just that the webmaster has chosen to deliver the MP3 file as content within the page using HTML code for an embedded player or a third-party audio plug-in rather than as a downloadable file. In this situation, clicking a URL link to an MP3 file in the Google Chrome browser plays the audio file in the browser instead of downloading it to your computer. However, you can still access and download the MP3 file with Chrome's "Save page as" feature.
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Click the URL link to the MP3 file on the web page displayed in Google Chrome. Alternatively, type or paste the full web address in the navigation address field at the top of the browser screen, and then press "Enter" or "Return" on your computer keyboard.
Click the "Settings" button with the three-bar icon on the toolbar in the top right of the browser screen, and then select "Save page as" from the pull-down menu. Alternatively, press the "Ctrl-S" keys together on your computer keyboard.
Highlight and delete the existing file name, which typically ends in ".htm" or ".html" in the "File Name" field at the bottom of the "Save As" dialog window. Enter a name for the audio file ending with the ".mp3" file extension; for example, "testdownload.mp3" (without quotes). Select the "All Files" or option in the "Save as type" drop-down menu.
Choose a computer directory save location for the file, or use the default save location which is usually your computer's Downloads or My Downloads folder. Click the "Save" button to download the file to your computer. Chrome displays the download progress in a bar at the bottom of the screen. Most audio files will take only a few minutes to download, but large files may take longer.
Click the file button in the Chrome download bar to open the audio file. Alternatively, go to the computer save location you set for the downloaded MP3 file and double-click the file to play it in your computer's default media or audio player.
Tips and warnings
- Although many websites allow audio file downloads for personal use, some content producers prevent downloads with copy protection software or programming code. In this situation, you won't be able to download the file to your computer.
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