Delivering Audio across the Internet
Audio Streaming is on demand streaming of audio only media assets. Live audio streaming can also be performed using the Streaming Radio or Live Event Streaming products. This allows you to download your player onto any website or blog to provide high quality online audio streaming. There is nothing for you to upload and no technical skills required from you.
The on demand media is normally provided to Prostream via browser upload or FTP transfer. This file is formatted as MP3 or WMA at a required bit rate with either 1, 2, 5 or 7 audio channels when the file is encoded. The Prostream Audio Streaming system can deliver audio at bit rates from 16kps up to 320kps with ease depending on the quality required.
All delivery provided by Prostream can be delivered to Flash, Real Audio, Windows Media or Silverlight players with each player having its advantages and disadvantages over the other. In most cases for simple website deployment Flash and Silverlight will cover 99% of all audio stream requirements, but Prostream specialists can aid in this decision if & when required.
Audio Streaming can provide an instant play experience if the internet connection bandwidth available to the listener is greater than that of the stream they are requesting. This experience is able to provide a simultaneous playback with minimum delay and is perfect for 'talking websites' and 'listen again services'. You can also provide interactive navigation for your content, so people can select to skip or reply parts of your audio as they wish.
Examples of Audio Streaming
We have put together a number of music streaming examples from MP3 and from WMA files to provide you with a live example of how fast streaming audio can be. This group of examples can be viewed by clicking the image below.