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Chapter 4. Using Windows Media > Windows Media Stream Attributes

Windows Media Stream Attributes

Every Windows Media on-demand file or live stream contains many attributes that not only describe the content, but also include instructions for the server and player. These attributes, also called metadata, are separate from the encoded audio and the specific codec. Filling out this information might seem a little time consuming, but it’s good to do. It’s frustrating to hear good music and have no idea who is performing it. Most Windows Media file attributes are referred by the same names across different encoding tools, but a few exceptions exist. Standard Windows Media available attributes are outlined here, noting when some software tools call them by other names:

  • Author— A blank text field for entering the author of the content of your stream.

  • Title— A blank text field for entering the title of your stream.

  • Copyright— A blank text field for entering copyright information for your stream.

    FezGuys’ Tip

    To quickly get a copyright symbol on Windows, press Alt+Ctrl+C.


  • Rating— A blank text field to enter a moral judgement about your stream.

  • Description— A blank text field for entering a short description of your stream. (Consider putting a relevant URL here!)

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