Adding audio to a Web site is easy, just like to a sound file. But to add streaming on-demand and live audio, you should use RealAudio from Progressive Networks. This proprietary technology enables users with modems as slow as 14.4Kbps to access audio over the Internet. The audio is often FM radio quality or better.
Hundreds (maybe thousands) of RealAudio sites are scattered around the world, providing music, news, and entertainment over the Internet. Just think; with RealAudio, you can now host that underground radio program youve been dreaming about since you were 12.
The only way to really get a good feel for what RealAudio can do is to download the player and explore yourself. We use RealAudio everyday to listen to news briefs, catch live concerts, and even sports events. Go for the gusto and find out more at www.realaudio.com.
By the way, Progressive Networks has also moved into the video market. At press time, the current release of RealPlayer 5.0 can access both audio and video streams. RealPlayer is not as good a television, but it is a great leap forward. While you are at their Web site, read up on it and get the player!
WOW! Thats pretty much all you can say at this point. Yeah, we didnt give you much to go on in this chapter about actually putting any of these extensions to use. But they are definitely not . . . For Dummies-level material. We do cover these subjects in more detail in the companion book MORE HTML For Dummies. But even there, we dont dive into the nitty gritty aspects of each unique authoring environment. We do show you how to add preexisting media files of these types to your site by using standard HTML markup, and we give lots of references to online and print resources that do get into the intermediate and advanced levels of Web enhancement. So if you want to move above and beyond the beginner level, you may want to check out MORE HTML For Dummies.
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