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Adding streaming audio to a Web site

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This week's Design and Usability Tactics e-newsletter describes how to add streaming audio to a Web site. Do you use streaming audio on your Web site or on a client's site? If so, how did you implement this feature? What factors did you consider when determining which product to use? Share your experiences with adding streaming audio to sites.

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Limited support for streaming (or eg buffered playback of) mp3:s!?

by dapstr In reply to Adding streaming audio to ...

Limited support for streaming (or eg buffered playback of) mp3:s!? Since 2001 I've been streaming mp3 over http from my fileserver at home to different workstations at work & school. On the Windows I've been using Winamp and for Unix/Linux Xmms does the job nicely. To my knowledge, since my use of MacOS lately has been limited, there are musicplayers that can handle streaming mp3:s.

But I can totaly agree with the conclusion of using swf with the benefit of being able to include controls directly in the webpage. Then there is also the issue of copyright which argues for the swf-format since the publisher has some more possibilties to encapsulate the audio and make direct download or linking harder.

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Streaming MP3 support is available, but limited

by Meadhra In reply to Limited support for strea ...

Granted, there are media players that support streaming playback of MP3 files.

The problem is that, although those players may be fairly common among the more techno-savy segments of the population, they aren't so commonly available on older home computers used by the average John Q Public. Windows Media Player 9 is attempting to bring this technology to the masses, but it's currently available on only about 60% of computers. Add the installed base of other players that can support streaming MP3s and you get maybe about 75% penetration after allowing for overlap.

If the goal is availability to the broadest possible user base, Flash Player is the clear winner with 90-95%. That's why I chose the SWF format for a client whose target market resides mostly at the lower end of the technology scale.

Michael Meadhra

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Streaming Audio Made Easy

by mp3sound In reply to Adding streaming audio to ...

Streaming Audio has always been available to the large corporate sites and techies. Now you can use the MP3 Sound Stream software to produce your own streaming audio just like the professionals with no knowledge of programming required.

Best of all no special servers, monthly fees or additional costs....

With the web surfer becoming much more "web savvy" than they were a year ago, they are expecting not only information but an entertaining web experience.

Marketers and business people have always known that a well-placed audio stream can increase sales and signups to their products and services. The problem has always been that the average person could not afford the high cost of special servers or programmers to be able to use this technology.

With a few clicks, you?ll be able to create an unlimited number of streaming audio files?.. and instantly upload them to your Website/s. Host them on your own server - you're in full control.

For more information go to http://www.mp3soundstream.com

Quentin Brown

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Apple Mac MP3s without WMP9

by idf In reply to Adding streaming audio to ...

"The MP3 file format offers good quality along with good
compression, but only a few media players can stream MP3 files
directly. Windows Media Player 9 supports MP3 streaming, but
the player isn't available on Macs"

Who needs WMP9? If I click on a link to an MP3 file on my Mac, it
starts playing it while it is downloading. No extra player

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