are the advantages of streaming MP3's from my web site?
are several advantages to streaming. Firstly, your visitor will be able to listen
to your audio very quickly. This is important, as we all know how impatient web
to your site want to be able to listen to your audio as soon as possible.
look at what happens when a visitor arrives at your web site and want's to listen
to an MP3 audio that isn't set up to stream.
a non-streaming setup the link on your web site points directly to the audio file
on the server. When the link is clicked the file starts to download. A window
will appear asking where the file is to be saved, then once that's been decided,
the download commences.
Audio files tend to be large files so the chances are it's going to take some
time to download, especially if the visitor is using a slow Internet connection.
The end result is that if your visitor waits around long enough for
the download to finish - all well and good, but the downside is they have a copy
of your audio saved on their computer.
This may not be what you want,
as it could be your copyrighted material you have given away.
you were to set that same file up to stream and someone clicks on the link it
would automatically start Windows Media Player, Real Audio Player, or which ever
player your visitor uses to listen to audio. The file would start streaming, and
within a very short time your visitor would be listening to your audio. (NB. The
time taken between a visitor clicking on the link and hearing some sound will
still depend on their Internet connection speed but it will be much quicker than
a non-streamed file.)
second advantage to streaming is that because the file isn't being saved, but
streamed, your visitor isn't saving a copy on their computer.