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A Brief Survey of Digital Music

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  1. 1. A Brief Survey of Digital Music Presented to Fairhaven’s COMCAM Group By Anthony Somers, February 8, 2008 (or
  2. 2. A Brief (Incomplete) Survey of Digital Music Presented to Fairhaven’s COMCAM Group By Anthony Somers, February 8, 2008 (or /
  3. 3. Digital Music – Why Bother? <ul><li>My audio CDs work fine </li></ul><ul><li>I have cassette tapes </li></ul><ul><li>I have LPs </li></ul><ul><li>My computer is too old </li></ul>
  4. 4. Digital Music – Why Bother? <ul><li>Never misplace another CD </li></ul><ul><li>Make “playlists” of any number of songs from any number of albums </li></ul><ul><li>Allows use of other digital music products: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iPODs (and other brands of portable media players) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital media players </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Digital Music – Why Bother? <ul><li>With a little help, convert your old LPs and cassette tapes to digital music </li></ul><ul><li>Older computer? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use good, time-tested conversion and playing software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winamp 2.91, RealPlayer </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Digital Music – Why Bother? <ul><li>Create “MP3 CDs” which hold ten times the songs of standard CDs </li></ul><ul><li>MP3 CDs can be played in virtually all DVD players and many car/home CD players </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of Internet radio stations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates FM reception problem </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Copying audio CDs to your computer is called “ripping” </li></ul><ul><li>MUST have Internet connection for album-song titles to be correctly assigned </li></ul><ul><li>One song per file </li></ul><ul><li>Files stored in nested folder structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Artist Album </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use standard naming convention </li></ul><ul><ul><li><track #> - <track title> - <album> - <artist> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g., 01 - Overture - Child Is Father To The Man - Blood, Sweat & Tears </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Use RealPlayer ( ) to convert audio CDs </li></ul><ul><li>Use RealPlayer or WinAmp version 2.91, download from </li></ul>For Older PCs Running Windows 98 Must have an Internet connection before converting.. Otherwise, your songs have “Untitled” names, untitled artist/album (see next slide)…
  9. 10. No Internet Connection
  10. 11. Active Internet Connection
  11. 12. <ul><li>iTunes (Mac and PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Media Player </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PC only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard on all version of Windows </li></ul></ul>Software for Newer PCs/Macs
  12. 13. iTunes Import Display
  13. 14. iTunes Radio Display
  14. 15. Windows Media Player Setup Display
  15. 16. Windows Media Player Play Song Display
  16. 17. Comcast network (Wireless) router Using Digital Music At Home Living Room TV/Stereo Digital Media Player wireless or wired network Left-right audio Portable Media Player
  17. 18. HP Digital Media Receiver
  18. 19. HP Digital Media Receiver TV Display
  19. 20. HP Digital Media Receiver TV Display
  20. 21. Creative Portable Media Player
  21. 22. Creative Portable Media Player
  22. 23. Digital Music – Give It A Try <ul><li>Ask your fellow COMCAM members for some help </li></ul>