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Chapter 8. Playing, Serving, and Streaming MP3

Chapter 8. Playing, Serving, and Streaming MP3

The MP3 revolution will not be televised. The MP3 revolution will not be sold in stores. The MP3 revolution will, however, be available online.

Whether MP3 is in fact a revolution remains to be seen. But it is no less than a grassroots phenomenon that is changing the way people listen to music, the way musicians build audiences, and the way record companies and promoters do business. So what is so exciting about MP3? Simple: the MP3 format provides relatively good audio quality in small file sizes, which means that music can be transmitted more easily over the Internet, and people can build file-based music collections without overstuffing their hard drives. It also means that artists have a new way to reach audiences without having to rely on the recording industry.


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