In addition to an enormous amount of researching, writing, editing, fact checking, and rewriting, a book of this scope requires input from experts in many fields, including audio, computers, music, and the Internet.
The foundation for this book was laid by our previous book, The MP3 and Internet Audio Handbook (TeamCom Books), which was a collaborative effort involving multiple writers, industry experts, and technical reviewers. While this new book is not a rewrite of the Handbook, it would not have been possible without the contributions of everyone involved in the earlier effort, including Christine Finn, Karen Porterfield, Ann Rolfes, Joe Rolfes, and Larry Thomas—who were primary contributors—plus more than a dozen secondary contributors whose input was vital to that book’s success.
This book was also a collaborative effort between the authors and a talented team of people at O’Reilly. Special thanks to Mark Brokering, who liked our first book and championed the idea for this one; to Molly Wood, who got this project started and provided key input on the style, structure, and content; to Brett Johnson, who edited many of the early drafts and asked a lot of key questions that gave us ideas to make the book more reader-friendly; to Robert Luhn, who provided much-appreciated editorial input on the final chapters; and to Erik Holsinger, who gave much of the material a firm technical read. And, finally, many thanks to the people in O’Reilly’s illustration and production departments who turned the manuscript and our drawings into a finished product.