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Chapter 8. Webcasting and Servers: Inter... > The Fundamentals of Internet Distrib...

8.1. The Fundamentals of Internet Distribution

If you're confident that you have the right to distribute a particular collection of MP3 files, you've got some decisions to make. Do you plan to serve them from an account with an Internet Service Provider, or will you be running your own server? Are you setting up an FTP site for power users, or would you like to build a web site so users can simply click on links to begin their downloads? If you're working with an ISP, are you confident that you're not going to generate too much traffic? Most providers place upper limits on the amount of throughput they'll allow to move through your account without incurring additional fees. We'll look at these issues in the first part of this chapter.

If you're running your own server from home or the office, you have to consider bandwidth issues from two points in the chain: the speed of your personal Internet connection, as well any limits being placed on throughput by your upstream provider. There are simple formulas you can use to estimate the amount of bandwidth you're going to need, but keep in mind that your estimates are only that. Without knowing how fast your user's connections are going to be, there's no way to accurately determine up front how fat of a pipe you'll require.


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