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Originally I put complete mp3s up on the website thinking that listening to the music inspired a desire to have the CD signed from the composer. This didn't happen. Then I thought that listening to the music from the first album would help promote the Diarbe style and inspire the desire to buy the other albums. This didn't happen. After not finding a record company who was willing to distribute the CDs without expecting me to come with large sums of money, I thought it was better to give samples on the website and give the job of selling the music to others. This has worked better. Now I can afford my Chai Lattes.

So on the website there are music samples and links to where the music can be obtained by download or CD. Now and again I open the full samples to free download for promotion purposes, particularly when new music is released.


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Other Help

You may not need this advice, but I can't help myself. Some anxious music lover may be in distress - and why should we be surprised. Not everyone knows what you do. And the way DRM has become the way to hold music lovers to randsom... "Pay up or you get nothing!" seems to be the message on most of the music sites I have been to. Besides - there are so many weird things that can happen with computers and the Internet, so let's get all the information we can for the most interesting web experience.

 

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  Accessing and Storing Audio Files :

Streaming and Downloading.

Steaming is the most popular way to listen to music because the music virtually starts playing straight away. It is like turning on your radio. You listen while it plays from "some distant location".

In the streaming process, depending on your browser and music player, a very small text file with a file-extension such as  *.m3u downloads in a couple of seconds and your computer system reads the data file with instructions to the player to access the underlying mp3 and play it as though the music file was on your computer. This means the whole file does not have to download before you can play it.  .......... A "ghost" copy of the mp3 "slowly" forms in a hidden system folder.... But after you have heard the stream, the "ghost file" may disappear - usually if the publisher wants you to make a financial contribution for his work.

The Windows Media files with the *.asx extension, (more about files extensions here) tells the Windows Media player how to connect to the server to get the media file being requested. This means that it contains a URL that points to the server and the file that the user wants to play. The *.asx files are in fact a sort of "shortcut".

Usually computers are pretty fast in these days; post 2009, and an actual media file download can occur pretty fast indeed and so plays automatically as soon as the download is completed, using a player on your computer that is associated with that media file. On fast systems this rapid downloading is practically as good or is virtually the same as Streaming. 

Having the mp3 music file referred to with a playlist file with file extensions of, for example, *.m3u or *.asx  (there are others), the song just streams immediately.

If a download link is provided directly to the *.mp3 file then you have permission to download it and save it wherever you want to. There is a lot more I could say about this but this will get you there for now.

Mp3s used to be easily saved or retrieved from the browser cache, but new "security measures" intended to prevent the listener from retaining a permanent copy of a song on the computer for later use is by giving you an m3u text file that doesn't actually tell you anything (like you can't read it) but which the computer can work with.. and when you have listened to a file, the system may delete any trace of the file, that could have been retained for later plays.

But if you want to end up with a sample or song file on your computer for later enjoyment, you need to know more... 

 


About quality of music files

Original recordings are made in an uncompressed *.wav format and when they have been mastered, they are "converted" into *.cda format on a music cd.

The point is that the MP3 format is a "lossy file format" and thus is poorer quality than the uncompressed original Wav File, might not be known by listeners. The quality of a compressed format such as MP3 can vary... undiscernible by most human ears.

 The usual MP3 is a 128kbps file and sounds fine. However a higher quality bit-rate mp3 file of around 192kbps, is quite noticeably better.

Of course, if the music is good, listeners who prefer to get the highest quality recording can find it only available on the original CD. What real music buff would settle for less? The daunting step these days seems to be in making the decision to become a paying customer... in other words... "buy the CD" rather than "rip" it.

Poor quality music is easily accepted as there is so much music available these days - and so many sources of "over stimulation", that it is only a true music lover that chooses to get the best quality for themselves instead of settling for "second or third rate". Investing in something that really gives you what the music is now capable of with the level of digital editing and mastering these days, the aim is for a "super experience", and there are many artists who are now providing that. I hope to follow in their footsteps and will do the best I can with continuous upgrades of each song and album as I go along.

Where possible, downloading a music file from the net to your computer is really good havingness. You can play a file over and over and include it on a playlist (particularly using Winamp) or save it to CD or DVD. Where and how to save files can present some challenges but 'we keep learning'.

To access an audio file on your computer, double-click on the music file itself and it will open the program that plays it. You may need to 'associate' a player program for a particular type of media file.... Or open the Player of your choice first and then trek for the music file yourself.

Finding Media Files -

To find to your music or audio files that have gotten misplaced or are just deposited all over the place, there are many approaches. Here's one.... Do a 'search' as follows....

WIN 8 & 10:  Throw the computer in the bin.

WIN 7:  Smile confidently and ... Left click on the start button. Enter in the "search" box what you want and wait for it to appear... You can get a larger and greater view of results by clicking on "See more results" immediately above the search box.

WINXP:  Left click on the start button. Click on "search" and then choose "files and folders".

Choose either 

1) "pictures, movies and video" and tick the "music box" and hit "search".

or

2) Click "All files and folders" and specify music files such as *.mp3, *.wma, *.wav, *.flac or even *.ra.

Incidentally. You can do the same for *.avi movie files or *.gif or *.jpg picture files etc.


File Management

As I am mainly using windows at the moment, and would like to create separate texts for Linux on this website, I shall be talking mainly in the case of a Microsoft Windows platform at the moment.

There is a certain skill that develops in managing files on a computer. Of course the basic method is with Windows Explore or the search box.

When ACDSee came on the scene it produced a series of excellent file manager versions which was an evolution and an expansion on the basic facility of the windows explore accessory. But it has evolved into and seems to be focused on photograph handling. In my opinion it has become a very different style of software to what it was only a few years ago. The new program style is ideal for management of photos and pictures, but my love affair with version 3223 which is more a file manager and viewer, is a position I wish to hold onto.

The latest version of the ACDSee program I have found to work best for me is version 3223. It is the fastest, smoothest most versatile picture and directory viewing and file management program/tool I have discovered so far. Versions after that: something seems to have gone all wrong and it has gotten too complicated for me....

The official website for ACDSee is HERE, but you will not find V3223 there now.

So as they do not sell or deal with it any more, I would like to see what you think of it too. Download version 3223 by searching for the version on GoogleExamine it and tell me what you think. If 'no go' . Get it here.

I hope all this has been of some help.

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 Players :

The way in which music can be accessed on the internet has changed over time, due to the desire for money, and not wanting people to have something for free.

Recent Browser versions seem to have a built-in mp3 player that prevents the listener having a nice page to look at and obstructs the use of a "third party player such as Winamp. However m3u files can be played with Winamp and any other 3rd party player you specify in the Options/content of the browser.

Windows Media Player was updating at such an annoying rate it seems to have been forced to evolve into  something new and never seems to have he necessary codecs installed... Check it out here.


Winamp :

To listen to the MP3 files, I suggest you download MP3 Player Winamp for Windows, and there is a Winamp for Mac also. These can play Real Audio and other types of sound files too.

I think Winamp is the most versatile and user friendly player I have come across so far, A single song or the entire contents of a folder as "the folder" can be added to the play-list, (even with drag & drop) . And the special visual effects.... Wow!

(Daum's Potplayer isn't bad at all either.)

With your MP3s sorted into folders, Winamp can load many hundreds of files-names to the play-list at the click of a button. They play till the end of the list or cycle through indefinitely by setting the loop option on. A whole list can be linked to by making a playlist file with the file extension *.m3u


Making a Playlist File with Winamp :

This is the key to streaming.

To create a playlist file, have a number of music files you want to create a playlist of, visible in the playlist editor area, using drag and drop or the Add button on the bottom left of the editor.

Select the Manage Playlist button and a dropdown will reveal the Save Playlist option. Select it and save the playlist with a name at a place on the computer where you access your music files. When you double-click on the playlist file which is given the file extension of m3u, winamp will add the list of songs associated with the playlist into the editor and stat playing them.

If the playlist is made from files that are on the computer, the *.m3u file will access them. If you want to have an *.m3u that access files online then you have to copy the url of the file and create a playlist *.m3u of it. The m3u can be on the computer and it will play the files online or it can be posted online and will stream the audio or music files it refers to.


Winamp Skins :

Please read he latest info about winamp online. My skins information is a bit old fashioned I think. However you can still download some skins to make your player look really classy on the computer desktop. My favourite skin is made by...

topaz.gif (1527 bytes)  Topaz Designs by Kelly Mc Larnon - Wow!... but it was for an earlier version.  It works almost completely for the later player versions but I am hoping the author will up date it someday. I haven't been able to find it available on the usual places... so I'll pass it on for Kelly.

Just put the "skin" zip in the Winamp "skins" folder and it will work when you make adjustments to the preferences.

For more on winamp skins go here and here.


MusicMatch :

It is necessary to mention this evolving player which has been around for many years as a very worthy product indeed. MusicMatch. Personally I believe, for me, it is not as user friendly as Winamp as a player, but it has noticeably better stereo and tonal response. It has features that has made it very popular with musicians, such as its remarkable ability to covert Wav files into MP3s, and update name tag information... and do so very quickly and well. Version 7 was very stable, but I am concerned that after that now we have a typical case of trying to do too much and dropping out what was good before - like evolving into something quite different... A case of losing the gills and growing the wings.

 

For more on MP1, MP2 and MP3 players go HERE.


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Listening to Diarbe MP3 Music files :
 

Choice from the following:

1)   First Edition CD Sample Pages
2)  Off-Site Pages
3)  The Streaming Pages

 

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Valuable Links to a world of CD and DVD Recording Data :

I have often been awe-struck at what I can learn from thoughtful and generously provided reams of information that make my life worth living; made available to me on the Internet. I have decided to share the links to as much of this information I can imagine you might like to know about. I am continuously learning about "multimedia" and I am confident that the more I learn, the more I realise there is to learn. I am blessed to live in this day and age where I am "a witness to this chapter in Man's evolution." I hope you enjoy your journey too.

This is an evolving resource is about "CDs", what they are, how they are made and differences about them, etc :

About Optical Disks - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_disc

About the well known Compact Disk - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_disc

An overlooked body of information about the preservation of optical disks - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_media_preservation

CD Tips - http://photocollector.net/TipCD.htm

Facts About CDs - http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/CD-facts.asp

*.cda files - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.cda_file

 

 
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