The Official MP3.com Guide to MP3
MP3 music files. Have you heard all of the hoopla and felt just a little bit left out? Does all the talk about this new technology leave you feeling sheepish because of your lack of knowledge? Are you confused about that new Netscape Communicator plug-in called Winamp? If so, The Official... show more
MP3 music files. Have you heard all of the hoopla and felt just a little bit left out? Does all the talk about this new technology leave you feeling sheepish because of your lack of knowledge? Are you confused about that new Netscape Communicator plug-in called Winamp? If so, The Official MP3.comGuide to MP3 is without a doubt the book for you. Leaning toward the practical side of MP3s, Michael Robertson and Ron Simpson have written a book to help the rest of us get a firm grasp on this emerging technology.By using simple explanations and concise tutorials, the authors introduce readers to the music compression format that has changed the face of the music industry. Each of the first four chapters in the book is a stand-alone unit designed to illustrate one or two basic concepts, for example, how to upgrade the encoder files of the shareware version of Audiograbber with a freeware MP3 encoder that allows 128 kbs rates and higher.The book discusses some of the competition that MP3 is facing from other compression schemes such as Liquid Audio, Real Audio and Sony's VQF. Robertson and Simpson also delve into the MP3 phenomenon from a musician's point of view, giving suggestions and tips on how any musician or band can use MP3 and the Internet to showcase and distribute their music to a vast audience with a minimum of fuss or expense.As they explain configuration options and basic functions, the authors take us by the hand as they tour Winamp, Sonique, MusicMatch Jukebox and some of the other players they list as honourable mentions. All of the slightly more advanced concepts such as ripping, CODECS, editing ID3 tags, adding equaliser treatments, streaming, skins and plug-ins are treated in the same easy-going manner, which is always lucid and never condescending.One of the more useful topics discussed involves using MusicMatch to convert directly from music CDs to an MP3 file in a one-step process. Without MusicMatch this involves a two-step process which creates a 10 Meg per minute WAV file on your hard drive--which subsequently requires conversion to the MP3 format (a very handy trick that conserves hard drive space).Beginners will love this book with its easy-to-follow tutorials and more experienced users will be sure to find helpful tips and tricks scattered throughout the pages. --Robert D. Gately, Amazon.comTopics covered: Introduction to the MP3 format; examination of the portable MP3 players on the market; the history of MP3; the legalities involved in creating your own MP3s from your favourite CDs; techniques for configuring your MP3 player; downloading from the internet; and playing and ripping your own MP3 files.
Publish date: September 1st 1999
Pages no: 215
Edition language: English