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?
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.
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.