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    Music site - Windows or Unix?

    What type of host would be best for a small personal site with music files? I'd like for visitors to be able to have the option to either download the song or listen to it while on the site. I do a bit of ASP programming, but a Windows host I contacted recently said they don't have the appropriate extensions on their server to promise good results for music files. Now I'm puzzled; what are the appropriate extensions and what should I be looking for in a host for this type of site?

    thanks,

    Mark

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    I would have thought just a big fat juicy pipe would have been sufficient.
    I'm thuper, thanks for asking.

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    Wink

    You mean like a big megaphone or something strapped on to the server? I guess that might work.

    Anyway,.... the salesperson at this particular host said their windows servers would not be a good bet for hosting music files. Perhaps he was in search of bigger fish and was just trying to get rid of me; of course it worked.

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    As long as you're talking about audio files and not streaming real time then any properly configured web server on any host OS will do.

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    He was probably telling you that their servers aren't beefy enough to handle streaming data. You actually don't need a streaming server. Visit the HTML topic Need advice on streaming sound for more details. Basically, you let a media player like Winamp or Windows Media emulate streaming. It's easy to do and involves making a playlist in the .m3u format. Read the thread I linked to for more details.

    As far as type of host needed? I'd think either Windows or Unix would do.

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    I'd like people to be able to listen to at least part of a song, perhaps the whole thing, while visiting the site; sort of like on Amazon.com. I assume this means streaming. Is that correct?

    thanks

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    Wink

    okay, I'll check that other thread. Thank you.

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