Streaming Audio: The FezGuys' Guide

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Streaming Audio: The FezGuys' Guide will introduce you to streaming audio and teach you how to work with the most popular formats, including RealMedia, Windows Media, QuickTime, and MP3. It begins by giving the reader a comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date streaming technologies available and the process of preparing audio for streaming. Then, it walks the reader through encoding into both live and on-demand streams in each format. Following an in-depth walk-through of serving the audio, Streaming Audio:...
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Streaming Audio: The FezGuys' Guide will introduce you to streaming audio and teach you how to work with the most popular formats, including RealMedia, Windows Media, QuickTime, and MP3. It begins by giving the reader a comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date streaming technologies available and the process of preparing audio for streaming. Then, it walks the reader through encoding into both live and on-demand streams in each format. Following an in-depth walk-through of serving the audio, Streaming Audio: The FezGuys' Guide offers several case studies that carefully break down how streaming audio is used in the real world: the internationally acclaimed rock guitarist Joe Satriani's web site, primarily using on-demand files with the occasional live stream for special events; the ultrahip drum 'n' bass, downtempo and ambient music Internet-only radio station SomaFM offering several live MP3 streams in multiple bi trates; and the FM station that started it all, KPIG-FM, terrestrial broadcast radio that streams it's programming online. Finally, the FezGuys illustrate a variety of advanced techniques, including optimizing, equalizing, creating playlists, batch encoding, dealing with legal issues, and more.
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Streaming audio from your web site is (somewhat) easier than you think. Especially now that there’s a start-to-finish guide to the entire process.

The “FezGuys” -- Jon Luini and Allen Whitman -- have been doing streaming audio since ’94. They’ve got this stuff down cold. In this book, they walk you through making some important up-front decisions, preparing your computer for authoring, then creating streamed audio content with RealMedia, Windows Media, QuickTime, and MP3. Each format gets its own detailed, step-by-step chapter -- and the FezGuys review all your software options, including freebies like RealProducer Basic and Windows Media Encoder.

There’s detailed coverage of serving streaming audio, with overviews of running your own server, using a remote host, and the mechanics of uploading streamed files and linking them to your web pages. (We’d have liked a discussion of the typical ISP costs involved in adding streaming media support to the typical low-end site. Oh, well. For those who plan to do lots of streaming, though, there’s a handy shortlist of the leading Content Delivery Networks.)

The FezGuys present detailed case studies that address on-demand delivery, special event live streaming, delivering multiple live streams, and Internet radio, and they close with some slick techniques for the serious streamer (including batch encoding and SMIL presentations).

There’s still some effort involved, but streaming media is gradually getting simpler and more practical -- and this book makes it accessible to anyone, not just web media experts. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Internet audio generates a lot of press because it is associated with sharing MP3 music files. Streaming audio is more similar to a radio transmission, where audio is heard as it is delivered, rather than downloaded onto a PC and then played at will. This comprehensive beginner's guide covers all aspects of authoring and streaming audio, from basic requirements to finding a host and serving audio from personal or company web pages. Comparisons of the major streaming formats and servers are especially useful. For larger libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735712805
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 5/13/2002
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I What It Is and What You Need 3
1 Introduction to Streaming Audio 5
2 Preparing Yourself 15
Pt. II How To Do It 43
3 Using RealMedia 45
4 Using Windows Media 87
5 Using QuickTime 119
6 Using MP3 149
7 Serving Your Audio 181
Pt. III Case Studies 207
8 Joe Satriani: A Web Site with On-Demand Files in Multiple Formats and Special Event Live Streams 209
9 SomaFM: Multiple Live Streams from a Playlist Database 215
10 KPIG: Traditional Radio Station Streaming Live and On-Demand 223
Pt. IV Extra Credit 223
11 Advanced Audio Optimization 235
12 Advanced Authoring Techniques 253
13 Advanced Presentation 273
App.: Tools and Resources 289
Glossary 303
Index 313
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