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Exporting Audio Files

Exporting Audio Files

In addition to exporting your audio tracks as WAV files for the purpose of burning to CD (as you learned in Chapter 17), you can also export them as RealAudio, Windows Media Format, and MP3 files for distribution over the Internet.

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AUDIO FILE FORMATS

Just as AVI, MPEG, and QuickTime are special digital video file formats, RealAudio, Windows Media, and MP3 are special audio file formats specifically designed for distributing audio over the Internet. Each format uses its own unique compression scheme to achieve the best possible sound quality in the smallest possible file size. All three formats are very popular, and all three support streaming audio as well. This means you can listen to the audio as you download it rather than waiting for the entire audio file to download before you can play it.

In terms of quality, the order from highest to lowest is Windows Media, MP3, RealAudio. However, this order depends on who’s listening, because every person has his or her own opinions on the subject. For more information about RealAudio, visit http://www.realnetworks.com/resources. For more information about Windows Media, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia. For more information about MP3, visit http://www.mpeg.org/MPEG/mp3.html.


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