file formats

Hi all,

I’m reworking an old site for a client that contains lots of both .rm and .wma music clip files. If I was to eliminate one of these formats any suggestions which.

Just wondering if having both is necessary and potential for cutting time.

thanks,

seoras


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Well RM would be Real Media and WMA would be Windows Media Audio. I’d eliminate Real Media formats because most Window’s people have WMA already with Windows Media Player. If you opted for RM then people would have to download a plugin of some sort.

Usually MP3 is a solid way to go as a format if you can find a way to convert it out. Perhaps EasyWMA would do the trick, converting out from RM may be another story.


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And don’t forget, if you’re showing video, that anyone who owns an iPod (which is precisely everyone, these days) already has QuickTime. So don’t be shy about sticking to that format regardless of any preconceptions you might have about market penetration on the Windows side.

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Thanks guys,

Confirmed what I was thinking.

good point about quicktime which opens .wma ok.

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Sometime around 27/10/08 (at 06:56 -0400) seoras said:

good point about quicktime which opens .wma ok.

QuickTime only opens WMA if free third-party (now MS-owned) software
is installed. So it isn’t an automatic thing.

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perhaps flash could also be of help?


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On 27 Oct 2008, 10:56 am, seoras wrote:

Thanks guys,

Confirmed what I was thinking.

good point about quicktime which opens .wma ok.

QuickTime will only open WMA (on a Mac) if you have the Flip4Mac extensions installed, and that’s far from a guarantee. WMA (and WMV) are covered natively on Windows, naturally, but on a Mac they require the end user to manually install third-party software.

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QuickTime will only open WMA (on a Mac) if you have the Flip4Mac extensions installed

Aah; which I do of course.

Given the target audience for the site - piano teachers and pupils I’ll figure a high pc usage. Shall still stick with just .wma Could always add a link for downloading wmp for mac people I suppose.

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Given the target audience for the site - piano teachers and pupils I’ll figure a high pc usage. Shall still stick with just .wma

Actually, if you simply make the audio files MP3, you will have 100% penetration with no extra effort on your end-users’ (or your) part. WMP can play MP3 natively, and so can QuickTime. Perfect storm. Plus, the files can be significantly smaller.

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Actually, if you simply make the audio files MP3, you will have 100% penetration

Ok. Shall look into that and see what converters are out there and if they will batch convert. There’s about fifty of the wee blighters.

I’m precisely that one person who doesn’t have an ipod and only seven cd’s to my name, though I do have a lot of those old round black things that used to be popular :slight_smile: So all this mp3 itunes stuff is a bit off my radar.

thanks walter and all,

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Ok. Shall look into that and see what converters are out there

Just to tail end. Found this app that seems to do the job splendidly: http://www.nch.com.au/switch/

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I’ve always had great success with EasyWMA for converting WMA files to MP3.

http://www.easywma.com/

Don’t forget iTunes converts a lot of formats as well.


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Certainly difficult to second guess what people have by way of file players and what their prepared to download. Many I’m sure would just as well not bother.
As internet savvy we generally don’t think twice and have a grasp of where it goes and what its for etc. no problem,
But, I’ve two elderly and certainly not stupid friends that just coil back in horror when I mention; ’ oh if you just download … ’

Dan, missed that one in my small trawl.

client now thinks it best to stick with his .rm files - I’m heading off now to scream from the nearest mountain top.

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