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Help: MPEG 3 sound Schumann: Carnaval (MPEG3, 16 kbps)

What is MPEG3 sound?

CD-quality sound takes about ten megabytes for each minute of recorded sound. That's way too much to put on a web-site, let alone download! We therefore compress the sound by a factor of about 100, using a compression scheme known as MPEG3. This gives excellent sound quality and doesn't have the "Steam Radio" quality of competing technologies such as RealAudio.
We also use a technique known as HTTP pseudo-streaming so you can listen to the recordings more or less instantly, rather than having to download the whole audio clip first.

What do I need to listen to the MPEG3 audio clips?

Help: Midi sound Scarlatti K513 (Midi)

What is a MIDI clip?

MIDI files record the keys pressed when the music is played, together with time, key pressure, aftertouch and so on. MIDI files are therefore very compact in comparison with audio clips.

What do I need to listen to the MIDI clips?

Help: RealAudio sound Schumann: Carnaval (RealAudio 3.0, 16 kbps)

RealAudio is the one with lots of marketing behind it.

What do I need to listen to the RealAudio clips?

Help: NetShow sound Carnaval, Preamble (Netshow 2.0, 18 kbps)

The NetShow 2.0 format is now available using MPEG3 as the encoding scheme. This gives excellent sound quality and doesn't have the "Steam Radio" quality of competing technologies such as RealAudio.
It can also use a technique known as HTTP pseudo-streaming so you can listen to the recordings more or less instantly, rather than having to download the whole audio clip first.

What do I need to listen to the NetShow audio clips?

Comparison: MPEG3 v MIDI v RealAudio v NetShow

  MPEG3 MIDI RealAudio NetShow
Sound quality Very good Synthetic Poor Very good
File size Big Small Big Biggest
Cost of player Free Free Free Free until December

Test Area

Sound format File type Extension Mime type Mime type info Player dowload Test
RealAudio Playlist RAM audio/x-pn-realaudio RealNetworks RealNetworks Test
  Sound RA audio/x-pn-realaudio as above as above Test
  Plugin RPM audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin as above as above N/A
MPEG 3 Playlist M3U audio/x-mpegurl Fraunhofer AudioActive Test
  Sound MP3 audio/x-mpeg as above as above Test
NetShow 2.0 Playlist ASX video/x-ms-asf Microsoft US, Microsoft Europe Microsoft US, Microsoft Europe (also part of Explorer 4.0 full install) Test
  Sound ASF video/x-ms-asf as above as above Test
MIDI Sound MID audio/midi - Comes with Explorer 3.0+ and Navigator 3+ Test

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