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    Question Putting quick-loading audio onto web pages.



    Hey guys, I have an mp3 file on my computer, but since its about 4 minutes long and plays at 128kbps, it takes a while to D/L from the site I have it autoplaying on (an msn space, via a "powertoy" tool designed for HTML failures).

    My concern is speed-over-quality. I want this track to start playing within the first 5 or 10 seconds of the page being opened.

    Is there any freeware I can get hold of that reduces the bit rate down to, say, 24kb/s?

    Furthermore, is there any simple audio-editing freeware I can get hold of that allows me to cut the track? I only want a one minute sample of it playing - and it would be nice if I could get it to fade out at the end.

    And finally, which would you recommend as the best free (I'm pretty cheap, you can probably tell) .mp3 hosting site (speed-wise)?

    Many thanks

    Noodles/Max

    PS: My IE opens up audio files from websites in Windows Media Player, seperate from the web page itself. It also opens up a download-manager window. Are there ways I can change the settings to prevent this happening? It's very annoying.

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    You should use <bgsound> or <embed> tags. Also, don't use MP3 files. They might take a while to download over 56k modems. Try to stick to .midi files.

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    .midi. okay, thanks!

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    Oh, but what can I do to the file to make it smaller?

    Simply changing the extension to .midi doesn't reduce the size of the file.

    Sorry to ask this - you're dealing with a very amateurish PC user.

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    Hi

    I use Sound Forge 7 to edit all my sounds, really easy to use fade in fade out functions. My software was down loaded from Bitlord. Link to download Sound Forge.

    http://www.download.com/Sound-Forge/...l?tag=pdp_prod

    You can use Macromedia flash to play tunes on your websites. Flash compresses the files for quick loading.

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    That's awesome


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