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Sending large audio files in Apple mail
#57990 02/19/21 05:04 AM
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I have sometimes got audio files that are simply a grey rectangular box that plays back audio, rather than having a large audio file document. How do I send an audio document that way?


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Re: Sending large audio files in Apple mail
ryck #57991 02/19/21 05:12 AM
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Have you tried just dragging one into an email and sending it to yourself to see what happens?

It seems like regardless of their appearance, they've got to be files of some sort.


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Re: Sending large audio files in Apple mail
artie505 #57993 02/19/21 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by artie505
Have you tried just dragging one into an email and sending it to yourself to see what happens?
I can do that but it remains a 178.MB file....too large for the ISP's system.

The box I'm talking about, and have received from others, is a narrow rectangle with a start arrow that is just played inside the email.....like clicking on a link.

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ryck #57994 02/19/21 11:58 AM
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Having never done this, I don't know if this would work. Select the file (you may have to move it to the desktop so that you are in Finder) and in the File menu, select Compress. Perhaps that will make it small enough to send. Worth a try...


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ryck #57995 02/19/21 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by ryck
[quote=artie505]The box I'm talking about, and have received from others, is a narrow rectangle with a start arrow that is just played inside the email.....like clicking on a link.
First, Jon's idea sounds good, but music files can't be compressed that way.

Are you able to move the "box" from the email to your desktop?

Maybe it is just a link?

Your best bet may be to ask the sender how it was created.


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artie505 #57996 02/19/21 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by artie505
Your best bet may be to ask the sender how it was created.
There is no sender yet. I wish to find out how this is done so that I can be the sender.


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jchuzi #57997 02/19/21 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by jchuzi
Select the file (you may have to move it to the desktop so that you are in Finder) and in the File menu, select Compress.
I have the ability to compress within my Amadeus Pro but it can't get it small enough to go through the ISP's size limitations. It's a three hour meeting 173.MB.


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ryck #57998 02/19/21 04:40 PM
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Can you upload it to Dropbox or Imgur? If so, you can provide a link.


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ryck #58003 02/19/21 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ryck
Originally Posted by artie505
Your best bet may be to ask the sender how it was created.
There is no sender yet. I wish to find out how this is done so that I can be the sender.
Sorry, ryck, but I'm confused.

You said "I have sometimes got audio files that are simply a grey rectangular box that plays back audio...."

From where did you get them if they weren't sent to you?


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artie505 #58006 02/19/21 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by artie505
[From where did you get them if they weren't sent to you?
They were. Instead of "I have sometimes got audio files that are simply..." perhaps I should have said "I have sometimes had audio files sent to me that are...."


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ryck #58007 02/19/21 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ryck
Originally Posted by artie505
[From where did you get them if they weren't sent to you?
They were. Instead of "I have sometimes got audio files that are simply..." perhaps I should have said "I have sometimes had audio files sent to me that are...."
Which gets us back to if you can identify a sender you can ask how it was done.


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artie505 #58008 02/19/21 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by artie505
Which gets us back to if you can identify a sender you can ask how it was done.
Therein lies the rub.....it's been quite a while and I don't recall who. I just figured that there might be someone here who is familiar with it.


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Re: Sending large audio files in Apple mail
ryck #58009 02/19/21 08:58 PM
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Are these things stored on your Mac as freestanding items, are they in saved emails, or are they merely memories, i.e. can you examine them in any way?

Even if they're in emails you should be able to learn something about them.


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Re: Sending large audio files in Apple mail
ryck #58016 02/20/21 04:27 PM
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I understand that iCloud can be used to send large audio files. I send large video files myself.

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ryck #58024 02/20/21 09:01 PM
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Without an actual example to examine I can only guess how your large audio file was handled, but my guess is the "grey rectangular box" was an image file with a link to the actual audio file stored shared from a streaming server. There are different ways that can be done using HTML, or javascript that would "play" in most email clients. The object size would be pretty small and the audio content could be relatively large but that would not be noticed unless you were on a cellular network.

The simplest way of sharing your three hour meeting, I can think of, would be to copy the file to iCloud (if you have an Apple ID you have an iCloud account whether you know or use it or not) then control click on the file on iCloud and select Share from the context menu. You can then share the file to anyone with the URL, or only those you invite. Then send the url to your intended recipients in an email.

By-the-way since your file is of a meeting if you reduce the audio to monaural and the old AM radio bandwidth of 800Hz to 8 KHz I suspect the audio file size could be reduced by as much as 50 to 75% without significant loss of comprehension. It would not be ideal for a symphonic orchestra concert but more than adequate for the spoken word.


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