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How To Do Everything With Mp3 And Digital Music


A hot new release in the extremely popular How to Do Everything series, this friendly, solutions-oriented book is filled with step-by-step details on how to create, download, upload, play—and even remaster—MP3 and digital music files. You'll also get a completely up-to-date survey of peer-to-peer file sharing services like Napster, Aimster, Gnutella, and others, and details on all the latest and best MP3 players, both desktop and portable.
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A hot new release in the extremely popular How to Do Everything series, this friendly, solutions-oriented book is filled with step-by-step details on how to create, download, upload, play—and even remaster—MP3 and digital music files. You'll also get a completely up-to-date survey of peer-to-peer file sharing services like Napster, Aimster, Gnutella, and others, and details on all the latest and best MP3 players, both desktop and portable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072194135
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia
  • Publication date: 11/26/2001
  • Series: How to Do Everything Series
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 0.83 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction xix
Part I The ABCs of MP3
Chapter 1 Welcome to MP3 and Digital Audio 3
A Brief History of Recorded Time 4
What Is MP3? 5
What's the Big Deal about Compression? 6
Where Do MP3 Files Come From? 7
What Can You Do with MP3? 8
What about All the Legal Stuff? 8
How to Listen to MP3 Files 9
Your Computer 9
Portable Players 9
A Car Player 11
A Home Stereo 12
Our Favorite TV Show Theme Songs 13
The Difference Between MP3 and Digital Audio 14
Chapter 2 Getting Your Computer Ready 15
Must-Have Hardware 16
Processor and RAM 17
Notes for Macintosh Users 17
The Hard Drive 18
The Sound Card 19
Speakers 20
Universal Serial Bus Ports 20
The CD-RW Drive 22
Operating System Issues 26
Our Five Favorite Funky Songs 27
MP3 in Windows 95 28
MP3 in Windows 3.1 28
MP3 in Macintoshes 28
Your Internet Connection 29
Chapter 3 MP3 and the Law 31
A Brief History of MP3 Controversy 32
Blame It on Rio 33
The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of 34
The Napster Effect 35
How to Not Break the Law 37
Rick vs. Dave: MP3 Ethics 37
Definitely Legal Activities 38
Illegal Activities 38
"Legal" Alternatives to Napster 39
The Dawning Age of Copy Protection 39
Our Favorite Songs from the '80s 40
Part II Playing Digital Music
Chapter 4 Finding Digital Music Online 45
Music Sites 47 47
What Is Liquid Audio? 48 50
Our Favorite Portable MP3 Players 54
The Best $13.98 You Can Spend on Your Kids 55
File-Sharing Services 58
File-Sharing Fundamentals 59
How to Use LimeWire 60
If I Share My MP3 Files, Can Someone Hack into All My Files? 60
Chapter 5 Listening on the PC 69
How to 70
Choosing an MP3 Player 70
Finding an MP3 Player 71
Music Players for Windows 72
Get Hip to the Lingo, Digi-Cat 73
Winamp 75
Windows Media Player 76
RealJukebox Plus 80
MusicMatch Jukebox 6 82
Music Players for the Mac 85
iTunes 85
MusicMatch Jukebox 88
Setting Your Volume 90
Changing Skins 90
See Your Music 92
Chapter 6 Dialing into Internet Radio 95
Understanding Internet Radio 96
Where Internet Radio Comes From 97
How You Listen to Internet Radio 97
The Importance of High-Speed Internet Access 99
Internet-Radio Sound Quality 99
Why a Slow Connection Equals Dead Air 99
How to Find Internet Radio Stations 100
Tune In with Windows Media Player 103
Creating Your Own Preset Lists 103
Searching for Stations 104
Build Custom Radio Shows with 105
Tune In with RealJukebox 108
Should You Pay for MusicMatch Radio MX? 109
Sharing with SHOUTcast 110
Other Software and Sites 111
Chapter 7 Taking It on the Road 113
Choosing a Portable Music Player 114
How Much Memory Does the MP3 Player Have? 115
How Does the MP3 Player Connect to the PC? 116
What about the Batteries? 117
What Other Goodies Does the MP3 Player Have? 118
The MP3 Tree 119
The Right MP3 Player for You 120
MP3s on a Budget 120
If You Need a Voice Recorder 121
Longer Playing Time 122
Listening in Your Car 122
If You're a CD Fanatic 123
Getting Massive Amounts of Music 124
MP3 for Your Car 124
In-Dash Receivers with MP3 125
Hard Disk MP3 Players 126
Cassette Adapters 127
Go Wireless 129
Understanding Memory Card Formats 130
CompactFlash 130
SmartMedia 131
Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard 131
Memory Stick 132
Dave's MP3 Auto Experience 132
What Do Memory Cards Cost? 133
Playing MP3s on a Personal Digital Assistant 133
MP3s on a Pocket PC 134
Pocket PC Choices 135
MP3s on a Palm OS Device 136
Chapter 8 MP3 Around the House 139
From PC to Stereo (Same Room) 140
From PC to Stereo (Different Rooms) 142
Kinda Like Mr. Microphone--for MP3 143
X10 Marks the Spot 145
Make Your Stereo Part of Your Computer Network 145
Internet Radio to Go 147
From PC to Any Other Room 148
From MP3 Player to Stereo 149
Other Cool MP3 Options for the Home 150
Where to Find It 151
Chapter 9 Getting the Best Sound 153
Converting Your Audio Files 154
Normalizing Your Audio Files 156
All about Equalizers 158
Using Winamp's Equalizer 159
Using the Windows Media Player Equalizer 161
Choose a Killer Set of Speakers 162
Choose a Killer Set of Headphones 165
Headphones That Roam Free 165
Part III Creating Your Own Music Files
Chapter 10 Ripping Music from a CD 169
Inside Digital Audio 170
Sound Waves 101 171
The Age-Old Debate: Digital or Analog? 173
Digital File Formats 177
WAV vs. MP3 179
When to Use WAV and MP3 179
Choosing a CD Ripper 180
Ripping Music 181
Using a Jukebox 182
Dealing with Glitches 188
Chapter 11 Transferring Analog Sources to MP3 193
Making the Connection 194
Sound Card Inputs 196
Analog Source Outputs 198
Cabling It All Together 200
Audio Recording Software 204
Making the Recording 208
Setting the Recording Device 208
Setting Sound Levels 210
Recording Audio 212
Recording Strategies 214
Do It All with Easy CD Creator 216
Chapter 12 Editing, Correcting, and Tweaking Your Audio 221
Starting Clean 222
Touring an Audio Editor 223
Cutting Up Your Music 224
Deleting Silent Leader 225
Inserting Silent Leader 226
Splitting a File into Tracks 228
Gluing Tracks Together 230
Fading Your Songs 231
Taking Jazz Head On 232
Cleaning Up Noisy Audio 233
Optimizing the Dynamic Range 237
Chapter 13 Organizing Your Music Files 239
Planning for MP3 Storage 241
Organizing Your Songs 242
Controlling Playback with Filenames 243
Selecting a Folder Strategy 243
Selecting Filenames 246
Editing Music File ID Tags 249
Changing Several Tracks at Once 252
Fixing the File Type Association 254
The Desert Island Test 257
Part IV Sharing Your Digital Music
Chapter 14 Converting Music to CD and Streaming Audio 261
Getting Started with CD Recording 262
Prepping Your Computer 263
Choosing Your Discs 265
CD-R Speed 266
Choosing a Data Format 267
Recording with Easy CD Creator 269
Choosing Recording Options 269
Burning a CD 272
Making an MP3 CD 276
The Monkees Weren't so Bad 277
Streaming Your Music from the Web 278
Stream Without Extra Software 278
Using Streaming Production Software 281
Chapter 15 Sharing Your Music Online 285
What Can Do for You 286
The Premium Artist Service 287
Payback for Playback 287
The Copyright Wizard 287
The Music Licensing Program 287
The CD Program 288
Promo Auctions 288
Promoting Your Music on 288
Royalties 289
The CD Program 289
Five Best Band Names We Just Made Up 289
Ad-Free Pages 290
Ratings and Sales Data 290
Fast Song Approval 290
Concert and Event Calendars 290
Getting Your Songs on Internet Radio 291
Create Your Own Internet Radio Station on SHOUTcast 291
Chapter 16 Promoting Your Sound 295
Selling Your CD 296
Online Stores That'll Sell Your CD 296
Accepting Payment 298
Essential Resources for Musicians 298
Finishing Touches for Your CD 300
Promoting Yourself 302
Write a Press Release 302
Cool Things to Do with Your Site 303
Write to Your Fans 304
From the Experts 305
Music That Burns Your Fingers 305
Kristin Hersh 306
Peter Himmelman 308
Diana Darby 310
Cherish Alexander, The Painkillers 312
Dana Mase 314
Appendix A Internet Radio Stations 317
General/Networks 318
News/Sports/Talk 319
Classical 324
Country 326
Hip-Hop/Electronic/Dance 327
JAZZ 332
R&B/Soul 334
Rock/Pop 335
Appendix B Top Web Sites for MP3 Dowloads 343
Napster 345
Morpheus 346
Aimster 347
iMesh 348
KaZaA 349
Audiogalaxy 350
BearShare 351
WinMX 352
Appendix C In Search of Storage Space 353
Optical Storage 354
External Hard Disks 355
Online Storage 356
Storage Schemes at a Glance 357
Appendix D Portable Player Memory Cards 359
Memory Cards 101 360
CompactFlash 360
SmartMedia 361
Memory Stick 361
Secure Digital/MultiMediaCards 361
Security and Memory Cards 362
Memory Cards at a Glance 362
Index 363
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