...[it's been so long since I launced my music site, I forgot why I thought it was neccessary, but]...
my Hosting service (Hostway) offered Windows Media Server at the time. I wanted visitors to have the ability to quickly stream .wma's, so I went for the cost.
now...I'm unemployed; & money is real tight...so, I was thinking of dropping Hostway...going over to GoDaddy; & switching my means of musical delivery to .mp3's.
1) How much slower is mp3 streaming from a conventional server than .wma from a dedicated server ???
2) Is there a way to speed it (mp3) up (save decreasing file size) ???
3) Will .wma's stream without the dedicated server; & if so...how is that implemented ???
I really need to save money in this economy...but I don't want my listeners to suffer. Is that possible ???
I remember now...fear of piracy (someone convinced me that it's impossible for an end user to save a streamed .wma on their PC). So by utilizing WMS, visitors to my site could hear an entire song...but not swipe it.
So...a follow up question:
If I find the html code to EMBED .wma's in a page...is that: A) just as fast (in terms of streaming...i.e., not having to use Windows Media Server) ??? B) just as secure ???
how about embedding .mp3's as a solution...but the end user has to have the particular player installed on their system, correct ???