Digital Music – How to acquire it and enjoy H. B. Lo 羅鴻炳
Digital music – common format mp3, AAC and WMA. Focus on mp3 today.
Digital music – easy to acquire and enjoy, even for older generations. Focus on older generations who like Chinese and/or English songs, and who might want to enjoy audio books when traveling.
With some help from this talk and/or help from friends, you can start enjoying the convenience of digital music too.
( MP EG Audio Layer 3 ) An audio compression technology that is part of the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 specifications. MP3 compresses CD-quality sound by a factor of roughly 10, while retaining most of the original fidelity; for example, a 40MB CD track is turned into a 4MB MP3 file.
Near CD-quality mp3 file is recorded using 128 kbps. Some pop songs at 64 kbps is acceptable, whereas the audio books 32 kbps is OK.
One 700MB CD can hold mp3 files recorded from 10 CDs
One GB storage media can hold more than 250 mp3 files of songs. 30 GB 7500 songs.
Show you that digital music is easy for you to acquire and enjoy
Show methods of acquiring mp3 music files.
Demonstrate the two skills needed for acquiring and playing the mp3 music – Windows Explorer (file manager) and MusicMatch Jukebox (Traditional Chinese 9.0 version.) Apple’s iTune will be shown also.
Show how digital music files are organized in computer, and how are they tagged.
Show various digital music players.
Methods of acquiring mp3 music
Get mp3CDs – purchase or as a gift from a friend. This is the most easy way to get a large number of mp3 files. All you need to do is copy the files to your computer under “My Music” directory.
Download mp3 music files.
Rip CD music to mp3 files using MusicMatch Jukebox or iTune, or other similar software. We shall learn how to do this next.
What are on the CD to be handed out
DLM_2000054_CHT (need internet connection to install)
My Music Chn
Presentation – PowerPoint slides
The two skills needed for acquiring and playing the mp3 music – 1st skill
Windows Explorer (file manager)
It is hidden in All Programs >> Accessories
It is recommended that a shortcut for the Windows Explorer be on the desktop and/or quick launch.
Learn to read all file structure inside your own computer.
To copy files from one place to another – try to remember the difference of using shift (file1-fileX) and using Ctrl (file1and file X).
The two skills needed for acquiring and playing the mp3 music – 2st skill: 1. Intro
A great free-download program
It plays CD music
It records (rips) CD music into mp3 files, and stores them in an organized structure. It also organizes the files in its music library.
It plays music in the in the playlist.
It can burn the chosen mp3 files into a mp3CD or an audio CD.
It has many other functions such as music stores for purchasing mp3 music files, receiving radio stations etc.
The two skills needed for acquiring and playing the mp3 music – 2st skill: 2.Demo
Install the program, while the internet is on.
Initial setup views: Upper is the playlist window, and lower part is the library window.
To begin using it, almost no option need change. Only need to watch where you want to store the mp3 files (track directory when recording).
To record legal copy of CDs we bought here, the artist, album, and track names would be available automatically via internet. We need to key in those info when we record the Chinese CDs.
The two skills needed for acquiring and playing the mp3 music – 2st skill: 3. Misc
Upgrade to MusicMatch Jukebox Plus?
It records (rips) music faster
It burns mp3 music to CDs faster.
To record tape music or VCD music to mp3 files
Select source as line-in and physically start and stop recording for each music.
To record audio books to mp3 files
Recorded in 32 kbps instead of standard 128 kbps.
Pay special attention on the file name sequence.
How digital music files are organized in computer, and how are they tagged.
Using the default options, the mp3 files from recording a CD using MusicMatch Jukebox are: My music/Artist/Album/Track names. The track name will be artist – song.
In some other systems (for example the iTune), the /Album might be omitted.
Let’s use the Windows Explorer to view how each mp3 file is tagged – artist, album, track name, track number … etc.
Various digital music players (1)
Those don’t store mp3 files; they play CD/DVD and some also play mp3CD.
Shelf CD/DVD player (1) (2) (3)
Car audio system (1) (2)
Personal CD/MP3 Player
Various digital music players (2)
Those store mp3 files in a hard disk. Some models also play video files.
Storage media is cheaper than those of flash memory. Most of this type of players vary from 20 GB to 60 GB.
sleek design and easy to operate
More expensive and no FM radio
iPod alternatives, such as iRiver, Samsung, and Creative Labs . Some models have FM radio function.
Various digital music players (3)
Those store mp3 files in a flash memory card.
Most of this type of players vary from < 1 GB to 4
iPod Nano 1-4 GB
iPod Shuffle <= 1 GB
Those with larger screen similar to iPod Nano – easy to see and operate. Some model with FM radio and slot for addition memory card. (1) (2) (3) (4)
Those with small screen. It is usually hard to see and operate. Some models with FM radio. Some are very inexpensive. (1) (2)
Some cell phone and PDA etc. also play MP3
Improve your listening pleasure
Noise cancellation Earphones
More technology, but more bulky
Sound Isolating Earphones
Let you share music with others
Cable to link mp3 player with stereo system
FM transmitter to let you broadcast mp3 music through unused FM channel. It could be used in stereo system at home or in the car.
Portable speakers designed for iPods or other MP3 players.