Need help with streaming audio? Send your questions and feedback to Harvard Library Technology Services.
This help page describes the audio player used by the Harvard Library Streaming Delivery Service (SDS). This service streams digital audio stored in the Library's Digital Repository Service (DRS) to a web browser. Links to audio can be found in the Library's online catalog (HOLLIS+) and on individual library web sites.
At this time, SDS delivers two types of audio – recently digitized recordings in MP3 and MP4 (m4a) formats and older recordings in the RealAudio format.
If the audio you select is in MP3 or MP4 format, it will open in a browser-based player called JW Player that is compatible with major browsers and operating platforms. There is nothing to download or install – everything is handled by the browser.
The player's control bar lets you play/pause, control audio volume, and move forward or back by dragging the audio timeline.
If the audio you select is in RealAudio format, your browser may prompt you to download the file or open it in RealPlayer. If there is only a download choice, you may need to download RealPlayer.
The player's control bar lets you play/pause, move forward or back, and control audio volume.
At this time, audio can be streamed but not downloaded.