How to Organize your Digital Audio Collection

Written by Ross MacIver

If you have been collecting audio files for even a short while, you probably have a fair number stored on your computer. Finding a specific song by clicking through directories can be tedious and time-consuming, so you really need a way to find what you are looking for quickly and easily. Fortunately, there are many software packages that can help you do just that – organize your music collection and let you find songs by name, artist, or almost any other classification.

MP3 files can have “tags” imbedded inrepparttar file that store information aboutrepparttar 137292 song. Standard tags are Title, Artist, Album, Track, Year, Genre, Composer, and Comments. Most MP3 files that you find onrepparttar 137293 internet will use at least some of these tags – Title and Artist beingrepparttar 137294 most common.

If you have lots of MP3s that don’t have tags, you can use a program like MP3 Tag Tools that can add tags automatically. MP3 Tag Tools is freeware and there are many other programs that have similar functions. Tags will be generated fromrepparttar 137295 file name orrepparttar 137296 folder name. You can process all your MP3 files atrepparttar 137297 same time, and even re-name files according to their tags.

How to Capture Streaming Audio

Written by Ross MacIver

Streaming audio is all overrepparttar web these days. There are live radio broadcasts, video and audio streams, and many music vendors use streaming audio as samples of their products. You can listen torepparttar 137291 song, but unless you buy it, it can’t be stored on your computer. Or can it? The simple answer is “Yes”! We’ll take a look at a few methods for recording streaming audio.

First of all, we should examine what streaming technology is and what it is used for. The traditional method of listening to music or watching videos on your computer was to downloadrepparttar 137292 entire file and play it from your hard drive. Streaming works in real time – you can viewrepparttar 137293 video or listen torepparttar 137294 music as it is being downloaded. The data arrives in a “stream” of bits fromrepparttar 137295 server to your computer.

The obvious advantage of streaming is saving time – you can listen torepparttar 137296 stream a few seconds afterrepparttar 137297 download is started. Streamed audio and video can also be protected from copying by Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. This is often done by commercial vendors of video and audio to control distribution of their content.

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