::: faq

Q: What is this page all about?
A: www.xa-speakers.org is a collection of recordings from speakermeetings, conventions and workshops of 12-step fellowships, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups and Narcotics Anonymous.

Q: Who runs the page?
A: www.xa-speakers.org is run by a few sober drunks in Iceland.

Q: Why "xa"?
A: Although we all identify as alcoholics most of us also have other addictions and complexes. That's why we wanted to set up a page with a collection of speakertapes that was open for all; alcoholics, drug addicts, sex and love addicts, overeaters and al-anons to name a few.

Q: I'm having trouble downloading. Is the site down?
A: The backend system of the site is very old and we're working on a new version that properly works in all browsers. In the meantime you might have better results by using another browser or by right-clicking the Download button and choosing Save Target As…/Download Link to Disk, etc.

Q: Is this a for-profit endeavour?
A: No. Absolutely not. Every speakertape we get is put online as a free download. This is only one way we have of paying our debt to the fellowships we are members of.

Q: I don't seem to be able to download files; they play from the browser window but I would like to save the files to disk and write them to CDs. How can I do that?
A: Right-click, or control-click if you are using a Macintosh, on the Download link and depending on your browser select "Save Target As:", "Download link to disk" etc.

Q: How is the page paid for?
A: At the moment all the money required is coming out of our own pockets. That said, we are not entirely self-supporting as the electricity the computer uses is paid for by a local communications company. We plan on making the page self-supporting according to the 7th tradition of our fellowships but it will take time.

Q: Where is file number 9 in the Joe and Charlie tape set?
A: The file is not missing, its just a labeling error; file 10 is file 9, file 11 is file 10 and so on. We'll fix this when we can make the time.

Q: Can I donate to the page?
A: For the first three years we didn't accept any donations. After getting a lot of emails from people who wanted to support us financially we have decided to to so. Please use the donate button on the front page. The funds will be used to cover any expenses we might incur, f.x. new server hardware, backup etc. If you have any thoughts or, better yet, experience in these matters please contact us.

Q: Can I tell others about you?
A: Yes, by all means. Please tell others about the site if you think it would help them. If you run a recovery related site or homepage you are more than welcome to link to us. Please do not link directly to the files since that is detrimental to our hosting requirements and a possible violation of the traditions. We cannot object to redistribution of the files since we don't have a copyright on any of the files. To be helpful is our only aim.

Q: Do you have tapes from the 2005 international [AA] convention?
A: No. These talks are © 2005 Sound Images & AA. We do not carry copyright material.

Q: I don't have CD writer. Can you send me CDs? Do you sell CDs?
A: No. We absolutely will not provide that service; many taping companies and institutions already provide this service.

Q: How fast can I download stuff?
A: In terms of raw download speed it'll vary. The server is on the Icelandic "backbone" (www.rix.is) and as such is theoretically operating at 100Mbps. To put that in perspective, a modem operates at 0.056Mbps. Download speeds of 600KBps are not uncommon.

Q: Do you accept speakertapes?
A: Yes. Absolutely. If you have it, we want it. The only requirement for a speakertape is that it be in English and from a proven 12-step program that follows the twelve steps, traditions and concepts. You can send us an MP3 file by using a file transfer service such as yousendit.com, dropbox or Google Drive to send the MP3 file, along with a text file with a description of the recording to an email address you get by sending a message through our contact form.

Q: What are these numbers 24, 32, 64, 128 and 160 in the filenames?
A: The number represent the bitrate the file is encoded at. Generally, 128kbit and up is CD-quality audio while the smaller bitrate files are smaller downloads.

Q: Why MP3?
A: MP3 is cross platform. MP3 can be easily burned/written to an audio CD whereas other formats, such as RealAudio, cannot.

Q: "Yeah but RealAudio rocks!"
A: RealAudio is proprietary file-format. If we'd only make the hundreds of tapes we have in a proprietary file format we would have a LOT of work to do if and when the owner of the file-format went under. This is just one argument of many. If you want to debate this further, talk to your sponsor ;-)

Q: Why don't you do a podcast?
A: We don't do a podcast because podcasts are inherently linear in nature, while we like to think of ourselves as a categorized library, which is very much non-linear. Setting up the talks we post a single stream would be confusing to our users, because it would necessarily mix talks from multiple different fellowships. Maintaining multiple podcast streams for multiple fellowships would also put too much weight on the oldest and latest "episode". An app would be a much better idea.

Q: Why isn't there an app?
A: We would love to have an app, but we don't know how to write an app that:
a) Is owned by us, not a third party service
b) Supports querying our back-end server for content (read: doesn't require us to publish a new version of the app each time we post new speakers)
c) Supports playback in the background on both Android and iOS

If you can help with this, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Q: How do I write an audio CD?
A: We do not provide technical support. That said, you can use Nero Burning ROM (www.ahead.de) or EasyCD Creator (www.roxio.com) if you're on a PC. If you have an Apple Macintosh you can use programs such as Toast (www.roxio.com) or iTunes ( www.apple.com/itunes/). This list is not intended as an endorsement of these products, but rather as list of suggestions to get you started on your way.

Q: Yeah, but the CD burner burns everything just fine except MP3 files!
A: Check with your CD recorder's manufacturer and see if there's a firmware upgrade available for it.

::: latest files
Arthur D. from Richardson, TX speaking at the Freedom & Hope group in Grapevine, TX
Quality: 32kbit
Matt C. from Long Island, NY speaking at the Radiance group in Greensboro, NC
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Arthur D. from Richardson, TX speaking at the SW Region Cocaine Anonymous convention in Dallas, TX
Quality: 32kbit
Mark T. from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Lawrence M. from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Cody L. from Kerrville, TX speaking at the 53rd annual Las Vegas Roundup in Las Vegas, NV
Quality: 24kbit
Jessica S. from Gilbert, AZ speaking at the Co-anon meeting at the Cocaine Anonymous Arizona area convention in Scottsdale, AZ
Quality: 96kbit
Jessica S. from Gilbert, AZ speaking at the Co-anon meeting at the Cocaine Anonymous Arizona area convention in Scottsdale, AZ
Quality: 32kbit
Kevin O. from Calgary, Alberta, Canada speaking at the Grand Prairie Round-up in Grand Prairie, AB Canada
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Mark A. from Bournemouth, UK speaking on the topic of "How the Steps Work in Rough Going" at the DAA 10th anniversary convention in Oxford, UK
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Zach Z. from Alachua, FL, Brian B. from Stuart, FL and Matt A. from West Palm Beach, FL speaking at the 4th National Annual Drug Addicts Anonymous Conference in Jensen Beach, FL
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Johnny T. from Lawtey, FL speaking at the 4th National Annual Drug Addicts Anonymous Conference in Jensen Beach, FL
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