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Old 10-24-08, 03:26 PM
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Radio series on bicycle transport

BBC Radio 4 (UK) recently ran a short documentary series on the bicycle, called 'The Fall and Rise of the Bicycle'.

There were three programmes, all of which you can still listen to online.

The first episode discovered the impact owning a bicycle has on Africa's rural poor. You can listen to it here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/pips/ram...n_20060717.ram

The second episode is perhaps of most interest to this thread, as it compares cycle commuting in London vs Copenhagen:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/pips/ram...n_20060724.ram

The third episode discusses the impact of increasing car use (and declining bike use) in China:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/pips/ram...n_20060731.ram


Quite interesting listening - and nice to see a positive feature on bikes in the mainstream media!
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what application do you need to listen to these?
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Originally Posted by Silverexpress View Post
what application do you need to listen to these?
http://www.real.com/
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I use this free program to convert Youtube videos to my ipod Itouch. It works for other things as well and is a VERY handy program to keep around. Keep it on a cheap USB keydrive for those times you need to convert stuff.

On the lower left it says 'Apple Ipod' but you can select 'MP3 Only' which it will convert virtually any type of video/audio media to mp3 format.

.rm, .ram, .mp4, .avi, .mpg, Divx, .vob (raw DVD video files), etc as you'll see when you use it. Small program so if you're low on HD space you're good to go.

BTW I have no affliation to the company. Just like the ease of use tot he software. For converting Youtube videos you can use the batch mode but for normal single files (local files on your PC. Not sure if they have a MAC version) you can only convert one at a time.

So what you do is download the .ram files from the OP's site by right clicking when you're on the site and save the files to a folder on your PC then use the converter and you're good to go.
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Having to use realplayer to listen to the BBC is its only drawback. They are streaming-only files; trying to download the target for the .ram files won't work (you'll get a tiny file that is just a pointer to the actual audio stream).

The BBC used to provide an advert-free version of realplayer, because they are a non-commercial organisation.

I'm not sure if they still do, but downloading the player via the BBC link is still possible:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/help/faq/...alplayer.shtml
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EDIT:

Ok OP posted direct links tot he .ram files. All you need to do is RIGHT CLICK and SAVE AS on the OP's links here.
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Once the files have been coverted you can listen on any mp3 player or burn it to a CD and listen on a portable CD player or car.
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Originally Posted by trombone View Post
Having to use realplayer to listen to the BBC is its only drawback. They are streaming-only files; trying to download the target for the .ram files won't work (you'll get a tiny file that is just a pointer to the actual audio stream).

The BBC used to provide an advert-free version of realplayer, because they are a non-commercial organisation.

I'm not sure if they still do, but downloading the player via the BBC link is still possible:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/help/faq/...alplayer.shtml
Try Googling and downloading Media Player Classic. I use Ver 6.4.8.6. It plays ram files flawlessly, without ads, no mucked up registry entries like Real Player, and it is tiny (about 5MB.)

also may need Real Alternative Program at http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...lternative.htm

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Thanks for posting these links!
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Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma View Post
I use this free program to convert Youtube videos to my ipod Itouch. It works for other things as well and is a VERY handy program to keep around. Keep it on a cheap USB keydrive for those times you need to convert stuff.

On the lower left it says 'Apple Ipod' but you can select 'MP3 Only' which it will convert virtually any type of video/audio media to mp3 format.

.rm, .ram, .mp4, .avi, .mpg, Divx, .vob (raw DVD video files), etc as you'll see when you use it. Small program so if you're low on HD space you're good to go.

BTW I have no affliation to the company. Just like the ease of use tot he software. For converting Youtube videos you can use the batch mode but for normal single files (local files on your PC. Not sure if they have a MAC version) you can only convert one at a time.

So what you do is download the .ram files from the OP's site by right clicking when you're on the site and save the files to a folder on your PC then use the converter and you're good to go.
Hello Zero,

I could not find a link to your original post above. This free program sounds very intriguing. Would you please provide a name or link. Thanks.
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Once the files have been coverted you can listen on any mp3 player or burn it to a CD and listen on a portable CD player or car.
Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma View Post
EDIT:

Ok OP posted direct links tot he .ram files. All you need to do is RIGHT CLICK and SAVE AS on the OP's links here.
Are you trying to indicate that you know of a program that converts .ram files to .mp3 or .wav files or some other format playable on mp3 players and CD players? If so, your previous 2 posts don't provide a clue as to how it is done or where to find any info.

Please take your time and post a reply that makes sense.
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If you want these programmes as mp3 files, it is very easy to record them from the streaming playback and then convert them into mp3.

I managed to do this very easily by simply hitting record in Audacity after selecting 'mixer' as the audio source, so now have the programmes as mp3 files. If anyone wants any, ahem, 'help' with doing this, drop me a PM.
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Originally Posted by trombone View Post
If you want these programmes as mp3 files, it is very easy to record them from the streaming playback and then convert them into mp3.

I managed to do this very easily by simply hitting record in Audacity after selecting 'mixer' as the audio source, so now have the programmes as mp3 files. If anyone wants any, ahem, 'help' with doing this, drop me a PM.
I believe the initial problem was being able to listen to streaming or saved.ram files in the first place. No one can record a .ram file if the computer's player is incapable of playing a .ram/.rm file.
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