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Designing Web Audio & CD-ROM by Dylan Thede, Josh Beggs

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Liquid Audio

Capability

Rating

Browser compatibility and percent of browsers with Plug-in

Poor.

Interactive sound design capabilities

Limited/None. Format is designed solely for music distribution.

Audio synced to video or text for music video simulation.

Software cost for encoding and streaming

$1,000+.

Basic starting level software package costs about $1,000.

Level of documentation and support

Good.

Audio encoding and content generation

Medium.

Audio authoring and delivery

Medium.

As a format designed for specific professional applications, Liquid Audio provides detailed support and automated setup functions.

Audio fidelity and compression

Excellent.

Supports MP3 compression.

Low-bandwidth performance

Fair.

Although Liquid Audio is designed for previewing audio files in low-bandwidth environments, downloading large Liquid Audio files is best suited for high-bandwidth connections.

Server performance and quality of software tools for large-scale streaming

Good—Liquid Server.

Note that Liquid Server is primarily designed for secure music sales and distribution.

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