Streaming Audio Made Easy

by: Quentin BrownFebruary 1, 2004

Internet streaming audio is the most prevalent form of multimedia on the Internet today according to Creative, one of the leading companies in the sound hardware field. Over the last few years, streaming audio has moved from being a curiosity to a business strategy that is adopted by many media organizations.

Streaming Audio has always been available to the big corporate sites and techies. Now every one can use simple software to produce their own streaming audio from a web site.

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.

There have been a number of products around that provide streaming audio however as they have grown and developed so have the plugins required for listening to the streaming files.

With the new software available today anyone can add audio to their web sites without the need for any large plugins and complicated software. Simply add your audio file and choose a component to activate the stream and click go. These programs output all the necessary files, which you can then use to embed in your web pages with a quick copy and paste.

The web visitor can simply click and listen, even over a standard 56K modem.

So now that you’re considering adding the sweet sound of audio to your site, where might you want to use it?

Depending on your website’s content and theme, there are a variety of ways to incorporate your audio into it. For example:

You might place a welcome message on your front page, summarizing your site’s highlights, informing visitors of what they’ll find, and thanking them for stopping by.

If you have an “about us” page on your site, you might want to record a brief message to accompany your background info. This will help people feel as if they’re actually meeting you.

Since testimonials are a great enhancement to any site imagine if you actually added them in your customer’s own voice. If you use one of the phone recording services you could give them the number and they could easily record how they feel about your products/services.

If your site has been featured in an online interview or radio show, imagine including this audio in your site. Just think of it as your very own live press room.

Perhaps just adding some pleasant music for your visitors to listen to as they view your web pages.

There are many features that these new programs provide the user.

•Produce as many files as you like.

•No need for expensive programmers

•Many allow you to host them on your own server – you’re in control.

•Greatly reduce the size of your audio file.

•Streams over most modem connections

•Easy to use interface

•Added components for more variety

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audio_files (Photo credit: Learn4Life)

So now that you’re actually thinking of recording something and adding it to your site, how do you do it? There are many different ways, some more expensive then others. Let’s examine some of your choices a little more closely.

1) MP3 Sound Stream: http://mp3soundstream.com/

Creates streaming audio from MP3 or Wav files. Produces high quality output for only $39.95.

2) Audio Player Pro: http://www.audioplayerpro.com/

Starting at only $47.00. This produces a code that you can paste onto your website that will enable the viewers’ default player. N.B from admin non longer operational

3) Audio Generator: http://www.audiogenerator.com/

Streaming audio using just your browser. Easy to use, you can phone in your message or use MP3 files. Excellent sound quality. After recording your message paste some code onto your site and a button appears with your audio. $29.95 monthly.

4) Sonic Memo: http://www.sonicmemo.com/

Includes a step-by-step tutorial. You’ll have to create your own MP3 files and upload them to your server. If you record WAV files, you’ll have to first convert them to MP3 format. This software sells for $97.00.

5) Instant Audio: http://instantaudio.com/

Just record a message by phone and your website or e-mail is instantly audio-enabled. To check their sound quality call the phone number listed on the site, leave a message, then hit the play button on the site to listen. This service will cost you 29.95 a month.

Your site has been sending non-verbal messages for years; now it’s time to break free and let it send a message everyone can hear. Adding audio to your website is not only easy to do, it can help you gain the trust of your site’s visitors, thus increasing your conversion rate. So stop wasting your time and money, and start getting the sales you may be missing.

Quentin Brown

CEO MP3 Sound Stream

Streaming Audio Made Easy

http://www.mp3soundstream.com

Quentin Brown has been involved with Internet Marketing for the past 7 years and continually helps people to resource and equip their online businesses for success. His latest offering is Streaming Audio Made Easy. http://www.mp3soundstream.com

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Streaming Video and Audio In the Internet

by: Lester John M. Policarpio

Entertainment is a necessity! And thank god we belong to the digitalage when almost all our needs are readily available right in the comforts of our own home.

And now that the Internet is here, the focus is not merely on the issue of merely supplying information to the users but giving them the choice to pick only the kind of information they are most interested in, when to obtain these information, where to extract these information from and of how these preferred information should take form.

Imagine using your computer in watching your favorite NBA match, your watch your favorite television show or the evening newscast and listen to the live concerts and Webcasts through Castdial. Imagine just sitting in front of your computer screen while searching for articles on the hottest political issues rather than going through those pile of newspapers or magazine archives in your local library.

Streaming media is a technique that allows users to view audio and video contents while they are still receiving it. Or as others perceive it, an audio and video file that plays as instantly on a text based content as when a Web page downloads on your browser. And unlike downloading a video or audio file to be played later, it flows to your computer screen enabling you to view its contents simultaneous to the process of downloading.

So, how do you stream something into the Internet? Especially video?

Here are the basic steps:

First, in order to stream a data in video form, a person must use a 30-frames-per-second analog video that is fed by a VCH or video camera to a video board within the computer. This must then be converted from an analog wave form into binary data. This representation is stored in the computer hard disk and further reduced in size by video compression software. The video compression software then scans each of the frames of the video file and distinguishes which are redundant. The redundant ones are erased. Only needed data are retained.

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Streaming Media West (Photo credit: klessblog)

A user can then watch a file by clicking on an HTML tag embedded in a website. When he does this the video streaming software on the remote server is released and a steady stream of data begins to flow. But before he gets to watch this, he must have an interface or a “player” installed in his computer. If he has this, he can then watch the file he requested through the website’s remote server.

Then comes the issue of speed of data retrievals in connection to bandwidth.

The snail’s pace of the 28.8, 33.6 and 56 kbps modems simply cannot deliver the amount of kilobytes that streaming media demands. This situation provided the Vendors who are well aware of the problems to intelligently devise ways to manage network resources for users faced with streaming media flood. From the snail- blazing 28.8 dial-up connections, there came much advancement. The 33.6 and 56K variants came out as minor upgrades to their 28.8 sibling. This development could be hardly felt by the users so they had to come out of that medium of connection—the analog modem. Then came what they would call the second generation of connection devices designed to give the subscribers a leap from 28.8 kbps to a stunning speed of up to 1.5 mbps. What could these technical numbers signify then? Well, it means that the new connection speeds that subscribers could now enjoy could reach up to 20 or even 50 times faster than when they were using the 56K connection speed.

The efforts to battle bandwidth problems have produced good results especially in subduing qualms about supporting streaming media applications. By this, followed the advent of streaming technologies to deliver audio, video and animation into websites, which is considered an appropriate response to this TV generation’s insatiable demands.

Now that streaming media is gaining much recognition in the Internet, websites are now transforming plain information exchange in the Internet to the ultimate sensory experience. And it is the consumers benefiting from these technologies. Entertainment companies have extended their broadcasts to the net thus expanding the markets across the barriers of the traditional transmitters to the global community in the Internet. Through innovations that supported streaming media, thousands of audio and video information are now available on the Internet. Only the users’ individual preferences are considered their limit. Thanks to the many innovations and new gizmos that pop out every minute that ticks. Five to seven years ago, streaming media was just a young idea being cooked up on the Internet and now, the attention and respect for it is increasing. People find more reasons on why these streaming media will slowly shape and influence the way they see and access information.

Mr. Lester John M. Policarpio is the supervisor of the eMktg Team of CyberImagination, Inc. Among the websites of CyberImagination are http://www.WebPonent.com; a one stop solutions center that offers downloadable communications and chat software solutions to websites and businesses and http://www.Castdial.com a website that offers a software that allows you to experience Net webcasts and live events for free.

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Top 5 Audio And MP3 Tools You Can Pick Up For Pennies

by: David D. Deprice

1. Sound Snooper – Secretly Record Conversation.
www.deprice.com/soundsnooper.htm

Sound Snooper is sound recording software that can be used for phone call recording and monitoring, radio broadcasts logging, spying, employee monitoring and so on.

2. AT&T Natural Voices – 3 Day Sale
www.deprice.com/attnaturalvoices.htm

The AT&T Natural Voices™ speech engine comes bundled with two US English voices, Mike and Crystal, in either 16khz or 8khz versions. You can add the Natural Voices™ engine to your purchase, or if you already have one of our products or other text to speech software you can purchase it as directed below.

3. RipEditBurn – Today Only 10% Off
www.deprice.com/ripeditburn.htm

Blaze Audio’s award-winning RipEditBurn turns your PC into a digital audio powerhouse! It will rip CDs (including copy protected CDs by using our Analog Ripping Technology), edit wave, WMA and MP3 files, convert MP3/WMA files to wave and wave files to MP3/WMA, and burn your own custom music CDs easily, quickly, and at a price that won’t break your budget.

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MP3 Player (Photo credit: that one doood)

4. Cool MP3 Splitter – $8.46
www.deprice.com/coolmp3splitter.htm

COOL MP3 Splitter allows you to split up an MP3 file into smaller MP3 files and easy to use! There are three methods which you can employ to split your tracks – split by section, split by time and split by size. Whichever you choose to use, you should find it very useful for creating audio CDs from your collection, and you can break up live songs from a recording of a concert you may have into individual tracks.

5. Mobile Music Polyphonic – Let It Ring
www.deprice.com/mobilemusicpolyphonic.htm

Mobile Music Polyphonic is a polyphonic ringtones composition and conversion software, which allows you convert midi, mp3 and wave to cellphone polyphonic ringtone format (smaf(*.mmf), amr format, sp-midi and awb format (amr-wb)).

About the Author

David D. Deprice sells audio tools for pennies on the dollar at http://www.deprice.com/audio.htm

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