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Adding audio to your site
Information on adding audio to your web site.

How to Use Music and Sound on your Web Page
Digital Audio and Video Streaming for the Internet and Personal Web Pages.

Okay, let's get started. You have music you would like to share with the world, but don't have a major record deal to distribute your work. Thanks to the advancements in Digital Audio on Web Servers, your music can reach a wider audience than you ever thought possible. Let's start with the formats.

The three most widely used formats that our servers support are:

WAVE- Wave files are digital audio files that have variable sampling rates (usually from 22-48, 44.1 being the quality level CDs are recoreded at). They have the file extension .wav, and are supported by windows. In fact, the neat little windows sounds at the start up of the machine are wave files. The quality of this format is excellent, but it has a few draw backs. The files are huge. For a full song at CD quality, you're looking at about 7 and a half to 11 megs of informations. Even with a T5 connection line, this would take a while to download, and few people have that kind of patience. Also, it's not possible to stream (for a definition of streaming, see the real audio description below) wave files off of the server.
  • Wave sites
    • Hitsquadwave and music shareware/freeware.
    • AllWavs.coma collection of interesting wave files.

    In order to place Wave Files on your page, the files must be of relatively small size in order to keep the download time short. First, you must upload the file to the directory of your web page. Once that is finished, just link the file from your favorite html editing program.
    Example- the file was uploaded to the directory http://www.martnet.com/~myaccount/mypage/
    The link to the file would be < a href="http://www.martnet.com/~myaccount/mypage/WAVE1.wav" >
    The person viewing the file will download it onto their computer and will be able to listen to it over and over again. All modern Web Browsers can play Wave files without an additional helper application. Older browsers may require some configuration and a helper application to play Waves. See your Browser's documentation for instructions on how to set up helper applications, or upgrade to a current version of your favorite browser whenever possible.

    MP3- MP3 files are the new kids on the block. Sporting 44.1 sampling rates and small file sizes, this is very quickly becoming the medium of choice. MP3, or MPEG, as it was originally known, is a format that requires an encoder to make (most are freeware) and a player (also shareware/freeware). From a 33.6 or 56k modem connection, it usually takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to download a full song. For advanced users, the files can even be burnt onto CD, making your own CD of your internet mix!

  • MP3 Sites of Interest
    • Software
    • Music Collections
      • Estonia MP3 Collections
      • MP3.coma database of unsigned musicians. Every genre covered.
      • Lycos MP3 an FTP search engine that doesn't always work, but it finds what you're looking for.

    MP3s are very much like wave files when it comes to putting them on a web page. Since they are still a little ackward to stream, the easiest and most effective way to post them is to upload them and let users download them onto their computers. Just follow the instructions as you would a wave file.

    Real Audio- Real Audio is the medium prefered by the internet radio industry. They are usually lower quality than MP3s or Waves, but they are quickly catching up. The major advantage to Real Audio lies in the streaming. Streaming is when an audio file is played as it downloads. The server sends the user a constant stream of audio that is played almost instantly after the server is contacted. The players and encoders for this format are available for download, and shareware beta versions are also available.
  • Real Audio sites of interest.
  • Real Audio has the advantage of having only seconds of download time due to a process called "streaming." Streaming allows the user to listen to your file "as it comes" through their computer. The process of getting a file to stream is a little tricky. After the file is uploaded to the web, and onto the directory that the web site is on, the process to link it is a little different. First, you must create a Meta File, using a text editor. This file should look something like this.
    Save the file with the extension .ram
    Link the file on the web page to < a href="real.ram" >
    This will stream the file into the user's computer.

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