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Subject: Audiobook
Date Posted: 10/7/2013 3:09 PM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2009
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I trade audiobooks quite a lot but this is the first time this has ever happened.  I got The Oxford Murders from another PBSer and played it on my desktop PC without problems.  As a matter of fact I really enjoyed it and stayed up all night listening to it.  I then passed it on.  The person who just got it from me wrote to me and said she can't get several tracks to play and tried 3 different players.  She hasn't asked for any credits back or anything.  I can't figure out what could have happened because it was fine when I played it.  Should I do anything?

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 3:36 PM ET
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Could it be an MP3 edition? Those will play on computers, generally, but not on "plain" CD players.  It could explain both issues.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 3:46 PM ET
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I don't think it was an mp3 edition.  I just checked my transaction archive and it doesn't say so and I didn't see anything about mp3 on the box.  I just linked to Amazon and it doesn't list it as mp3 either.  Also she just said it was certain tracks she couldn't play.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 4:38 PM ET
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Being MP3 would cause it to not play at all vs some tracts not working while others played. I think computers are better at picking up bad tracts and stabalizing them. So are car players since they are made to be able to play while the car is boncing around. Did the other member try it in their computer or a car? Sometime ripping them to a computer and playing that way can help, though not an idea way to play them since most of us don't want to sit at our computer and listen to our books.

As for can you do anything? Other than offering suggestions on other  things to try listening to it, or offering credit(s) back, not much you can do. Both of  you are in the position to have to believe the other one that it played when it left you and she can't get it to play.Since it played for you, you are not obligated to do anything.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 7:21 PM ET
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Since only certain tracks seem to be not playing, she might try cleaning the disk -- some folks have a kit for cleaning CDs and DVDs, or there are instructions on the internet.  Might help, might not, but (if done properly) it won't hurt to try.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 8:27 PM ET
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If she has any other player to try them in, have her do that...car players will always work best.  Although computers usually play well, mine doesn't play all that well, although it is a fairly new laptop.  My DVD player actually plays CDs better than my computer does, so have her try that if she has one.  That is AFTER cleaning them well, of course.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 10:28 PM ET
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Thank you, I did suggest the cleaning.  I'm not sure what the 3 players she tried were.  I was thinking of suggesting that she lend it to a friend and see if it works on their player. 

Subject: It was me
Date Posted: 10/11/2013 9:37 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2010
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The suggestion to clean the  cd is a good one that usually  works.  As the disc is regular format it should play on any player.  When I asked if you had problems, I thought it might have been my player.  I then took it to work and tried it there as well as in my car.  The same result in each .  I did lend it to someone to see if the have the same result.  If the have the same result on the same disc, I might consider requesting a credit.  Until then, I did not ask for credit.  If it works for them or if they have a different problem, I believe the problem is mine.  I believe that is a fair way to handle the swap. 

 

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