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Adding Music To Your Website - Music Files

The pros and cons for adding music to your website are as numerous as the number of people surfing the web. There are some people who will leave your site as soon as the music starts. Some will just turn off (mute) the volume on their computer. Others don't mind the music but hate how long it takes to view your website because of the added time it takes to download the music files. On the other side of the argument are people like me who love websites with all the bells and whistles.

When my customers ask me if they should add music to their site I tell them to remember two things -- purpose and moderation. What is the purpose of your website and will adding the music enhance your viewer's visit there? If you do decide that music will enhance your website, try adding music to just a few web pages before adding it to your whole site (moderation).

Most of my customers decide to add a music "play list" to their site. This is a small section of their website dedicated to listening to music. This turns out to be a good compromise because the people who want to listen are happy and so are the people who choose not to view (or listen to) that part of their site. Click here to view an example.

There are several types of audio files, but the two used most often on webpages are midi and wav files. Midi files are computer generated music files. The computer generates sounds that imitate musical instruments. Because they are computer generated sound, midi files are smaller than wav files and take a shorter time to download with the webpage.

Wav files are "recorded sound" files and therefore can be much larger than midi files. Because of the longer time it takes to download these larger files, the wav files used on webpages are usually short sound files such as a cat's meow or a door slam.

Whatever type of music file you decide to use, first check the relate copyright and royalty issues. Most music on the web is NOT free or in public domain.

In part two of this tutorial, we will discuss the HTML code used to add music to a webpage.




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