Welcome to my MP3s page. I case you don't already know, MP3s (short for MPEG Layer 3, where MPEG is short for the Moving Pictures Experts Group, which also happens to work with audio [sheesh, confusing and nested computer acronyms!]) are compressed files of digital music. Music written on a standard audio CD is in a format similar to WAV music files, which simply describes the position of the speakers over and over, so that this data can simply be read, converted to analog, then pumped to an amplifier for output. MP3s differ in that they contain blocks of bits which describe frequency components within each second of music. At play time, a computer will interpret these blocks and construct the speaker positions needed to play the music, then convert these to analog and pass them to the amplifier. The point of this is that by using some of the computational power of your computer (any fairly modern computer running at more that 75 MHz should do) a user is able to store and play music at storage cost of only about 1 MB per minute. Normal audio CDs use about 9 MB per minute. To look at this another way, an audio CD you purchase from a store can contain up to 74 minutes (although it typically has less than 60 minutes of music). An CD-R that I burn myself will contain a full 11 hours worth of music. MP3 is a flexible format that can be used at various quality levels. I only collect MP3s in the format of 128Kb/s, 44kHz, and 16 bit stereo. I won't bother to explain these settings, but suffice it to say that very few people claim to hear a quality difference between this quality of MP3 and normal CD audio.
MP3 is up an coming technology that is employed in many computer games, digital video on both a software and hardware level, and also personal audio systems to some extent. One of the greatest hindrances to the main-streaming of MP3s is legality issues. Like audio CDs and tapes you are only permitted to have a copy of the music if you have purchased it. MP3s can still be openly distributed on the web, but you may only legally download them for 24 hour evaluation or as backup for music you already own. Well no that you know all about MP3s, here are some links to spark your interest in the technology.

These are good MP3 players for popular operating systems:
Winamp for Windows
Quicktime 4 for Macintosh
X11amp for Linux (if you want to use X11amp and don't have redhat to read a .rpm, then get the alien tool, it's worth it)
I have so many MP3s to choose from that it was quite difficult to choose only a few to put on the web. I picked a few of my favorites that I feel illustrate an artist of group particularly well. MP3s are typically hard to find, because they waste disk space and bandwidth. Not wanting to impose upon the generosity of the friend who so kindly arranged this web page, these links are to off-site web pages. You'll need to go through an intermediate page that loads those annoying ads that make free web hosting a fiscal reality.

On my Geocities page I have:
depeche_mode-route_66.mp3
handel-cg2_allegro.mp3
sugar_ray-someday.mp3
On my Angelfire page I have:
beatles-baby_you_re_a_rich_man.mp3
beatles-your_mother_should_know.mp3
If you're a devoted MP3 collector you can try to use one of these search pages to find a few via FTP. Finding these files are mostly hit and miss, and often you must trade for them. Don't use Napster, Napster is monitored and it sucks.

Audiogalaxy
MP3 Kwikfind