[ Windows 95 ]
[ Windows NT ]
[ Windows 3.1 ]
[ Windows 98 ]
[ Apple/Macintosh ]
[ Unix ]
[ WebTV or a similiar non-computer Internet access ]
Microsoft's Netshow contains a new audio codec (that stands for
COmpressor/DECompressor) that uses the MPEG Layer-3 compression. If
you're familiar with MP3-format files, you know that they are much
smaller than normal WAV-format files, but capable of digital sound
reproduction with no appreciable quality loss.
Thanks to this new audio codec, WAV-format files can be created that use MPEG
Layer-3 compression and still retain their original quality - but taking up only
a fraction of the storage space. And they are truly WAV-format files - you can
still use them as system event sounds, if you like. The audio codec, however,
will only work with a WAV player that is native to your operating system; if you
use Windows 95, it must be a 32-bit WAV player; if you use Windows 3.1, it must
be a 16-bit WAV player. And they must be capable of playing ACM Waveform
format WAV files. Media Player and Sound Recorder come with all
versions of Windows and have this capability.
Now the bad news: you'll need to download and install extra
software in order to benefit from the new compression technology.
If you are a Windows 3.1 or Windows NT 3.51 user and you have a problem
installing or running Windows with Netshow installed, go to Microsoft's Netshow web page and
seek technical support there.
Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51/4.0 requirements:
, which contains the appropriate codec necessary to play the compressed WAV
files. DO NOT GET THE NETSHOW 2.1 PLAYER WITH REALVIDEO! It does not have the
audio codec necessary to play the sound files. Click on the button below to go
to Microsoft's Free Netshow Download Page.
Windows 3.1 requirements :
2.0, which can be found at the bottom of the Netshow download page. Click on
the button below to go to Microsoft's Free Netshow Download Page.
Windows 98 requirements :
Windows 98 users will not need to download Netshow since it is included with the
Windows 98 installation package. If you didn't originally install it however you
will need to go to the Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Windows Setup
-> Multimedia -> Details and from there tick the box for Microsoft Netshow Player 2.0.
You will then be prompted for your Windows 98 Setup Disk and the necessary files will be
Mac requirements :
Sound Manager 3.1 or better is required, but Apple seems to no longer offer it
for download. However, Sound Manager 3.2 is included as part of System 7.5.3, so
the Sound Manager will not need to be installed if you are using that System
7.5.3 or later. QuickTime 2.5 and later also include a proper version of the
Mac users do not need to install Netshow in order to play these files.
Unix requirements :
Unix users have a bit of a handicap here, since I haven't been able to find a
decent MP3 player for Unix platforms. You can, however, download a converter
from the folks who developed the MPEG-3 compression software, and convert the
compressed files back into standard uncompressed WAV files. Go to the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft IIS Audio web
page, and there you'll find the utilities necessary to convert the sounds into a
playable format for your system.
WebTV or a similiar non-computer Internet access :
I'm afraid you're out of luck until there is an upgrade that supports MPEG
Layer-3 compressed WAV files.
Excerpts taken from SoundAmerica.com
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