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Chapter 13. Advanced Presentation > Offering Multiple Links to the Same Audio

Offering Multiple Links to the Same Audio

Although the owners of each streaming format would like you to believe that their format is the best (and most popular), average home users don’t care which format you use as long as it works. Listeners might or might not have any one or more players for these formats on their computer. One of the best ways to ensure that the user can easily listen to your audio is to make it available in more than one format—actually, in as many formats as possible. In some cases, this might not be realistic. At the very least, provide two formats. By providing multiple formats, you can also track what your audience prefers and even ask your listeners which format they find to be the most reliable and stable. Remember to include links to the Web sites from which your listeners can download the relevant players. Your listener might not have the most recent version of a particular player, and new players are easily downloaded and installed.

NOTE

If you are streaming audio for a small group of private users (such as a corporate intranet or a family Web site), you can get away with using a single format.



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