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The Ultimate Digital Music Guide

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ISBN-13: 9780789748447
ISBN-10: 0789748444
Pagini: 600
Dimensiuni: 179 x 236 x 35 mm
Greutate: 0.91 kg
Editura: Que

Notă biografică

MICHAEL MILLER has written 100+ non-fiction how-to books, establishing a worldwide reputation for clearly explaining technical subjects to non-technical readers, and for offering exceptionally useful real-world advice on complex topics. A longtime musician and unwavering audiophile who owns an immense music collection (26,000+ tracks and growing), his many books on music include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory and The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Music Business. His recent technology books include The Ultimate Web Marketing Guide and Facebook for Grown-Ups.

Cuprins

Introduction 1 Part I: Understanding Digital Music 1 The History of Music Distribution-From Piano Rolls to iTunes 11 How Do You Collect Music When There's No Music to Collect? 12 Between the Sheets 13 Going on Record 14 The Rise of Radio 15 It's a Long-Playing World 16 The Singles Life 18 The Tale of the Tape 19 Say Hello to My Little Friend, the Compact Disc 21 Going Digital 22 What's Next 24 2 Exploring the Different Ways to Listen to Music Today 29 Going Old School with Compact Discs 29 Ripping Digital Tracks from CD 31 Downloading Digital Tracks-Legally 32 Downloading Digital Tracks-Not So Legally 34 Getting All You Can Eat from a Subscription Service 35 Listening Anywhere on Any Device from the Cloud 36 Listening to Internet Radio 37 3 How Digital Music Works 39 The Way We Were: Remembering Analog Audio 39 The New Wave: Understanding Digital Audio 41 Making a Digital Recording 41 Storing and Playing Digital Audio 43 Dealing with Digital Compression 43 The Benefits of Digital Music 44 Quality 45 Easier Storage 45 Easier Organization 45 Streaming 46 4 Understanding Digital Audio File Formats 49 Evaluating File Formats 50 Uncompressed Formats 50 Lossy Compressed Formats 51 Lossless Compressed Formats 53 Comparing Formats, in a Nutshell 54 Considering Bitrate 55 Comparing the Major Digital Music Ecosystems 56 The MP3 Ecosystem 56 The Apple Ecosystem 57 The Windows Media Ecosystem 59 Choosing the Right File Format 59 What Works with What 60 Choosing an Ecosystem 61 Choosing a Bitrate 62 5 Understanding Copyright, Piracy, and Other Legal Issues 65 Understanding Copyright and Royalties 66 How Copyright Works 66 Calculating Royalties 66 Royalties on Online Performances 67 The Dark Side of Downloading: Online Piracy 68 The Spread of Piracy 68 The Impact of Illegal Downloading 69 What's Legal-and What's Not 70 6 Understanding DRM 75 What DRM Is and What it Does 76 The State of DRM Today 76 Problems with DRM 77 Dealing with DRM 79 Part II: Downloading Music 7 Understanding Music Downloading 83 How Music Downloading Works 84 Requirements for Downloading Music 84 How to Download Music to Your Computer 85 Where to Download From 85 Online Music Stores 85 Subscription Download Services 88 Free Download Sites 89 File-Sharing Sites 89 Choosing the Right File Format 89 Why Downloading Makes Sense 90 8 Downloading Music from the iTunes Store 93 iTunes Over the Years: A Musical History Tour 94 Getting to Know the iTunes Store 95 Installing the iTunes Software 96 iTunes Store Pricing 96 Navigating the iTunes Store 97 Creating an Apple Account 98 Searching the iTunes Store 100 Browsing the iTunes Store 101 Purchasing Items from the iTunes Store 103 Introducing iTunes in the Cloud 104 9 Downloading Music from the Amazon MP3 Store 107 Amazon.com-From Books to Tunes 108 Getting to Know the Amazon MP3 Store 108 Amazon MP3 Store Pricing 109 Creating an Amazon Account 110 Setting Up an Account 110 Enabling 1-Click Ordering 110 Navigating the Amazon MP3 Store 111 Navigation Controls 112 Left Column 113 Center Column 113 Right Column 114 Searching the Amazon MP3 Store 115 Conducting Basic Searches 115 Conducting an Advanced Search 116 Browsing the Amazon MP3 Store 117 Purchasing Items from the Amazon MP3 Store 118 Introducing Amazon Cloud Drive and the Amazon Cloud Player 120 10 Downloading Music from Other Online Music Stores 123 Why Switch from Apple and Amazon? 123 What Can Other Stores Do That Apple and Amazon Can't? 125 Exploring the Competition 126 Google Play Music 126 Bandcamp 127 CD Baby 129 Classical Archives 130 eMusic 132 Zune Marketplace 134 Discovering High Resolution Music Online 135 B&W Society of Sound 135 HDtracks 136 iTrax 138 Linn Records 139 11 Finding Free Music to Download 141 Downloading from Official Label and Artist Sites 142 Downloading from Free Artist Communities 143 ARTISTdirect 143 BeSonic 143 dmusic 145 MP3.com 145 PureVolume 146 SoundClick 147 Finding Tunes with MP3 Search Sites 148 Downloading Music from MP3 Newsgroups 149 12 Downloading Music from P2P File-Sharing Sites 151 Understanding File Sharing 152 A Short History of File Sharing 152 How P2P File Sharing Works 153 Then There's BitTorrent... 153 A Few Good Reasons Not to Use File-Sharing Sites 154 It's Illegal 154 You're Helping to Starve Musicians to Death 155 Quality Is Questionable 155 It's Likely Infested with Malware 156 Yes, Virginia, There are Some Benefits to File Sharing 157 It's Free 157 You Can Choose Your Format 157 You Can Find Stuff You Can't Get Anywhere Else 158 A Quick Look at the Most Popular File-Sharing Sites 159 Gnutella 159 eDonkey 160 Kad 160 BitTorrent 160 Considering Legal File Sharing Networks 160 Protecting Yourself (and Your Computer) When File Sharing 161 Protecting Against Viruses 161 Protecting Against Spyware 162 Use Anti-Malware Software 162 Just Don't Do It 162 Part III: Managing Your Music 13 Storing Your Digital Music 167 How Much Storage Space Do You Need? 168 Storing Digital Music on Your Home PC 169 When Local Storage Makes Sense 169 When Local Storage Isn't Enough 171 Storing Digital Music on a Dedicated PC 171 What Is a Media PC? 171 When Using a Dedicated PC Makes Sense 174 When a Dedicated PC Doesn't Do the Job 174 Storing Digital Music on a Home Server 175 What Is a Home Server? 175 When Using a Home Server Makes Sense 177 When a Home Server Is Overkill 177 Sharing Your Library Over a Home Network 178 Backing Up Your Digital Library 179 Backing Up Locally 179 Backing Up Over the Network 180 Backing Up Online 180 14 Organizing Your Digital Music Collection 183 Organizing Audio Files on Your Computer 184 Understanding Song Tags 185 What Can Possibly Go Wrong? 189 Editing Tags 190 Editing Tags Directly in a File 190 Editing Tags in iTunes 191 Editing Tags in Windows Media Player 193 Editing Tags with Third-Party Software 194 Five Tricks for Better Organized Music Libraries 195 Delete Duplicate Tracks 195 Combine Multi-Disc Albums into a Single Album 196 Separate Combination Albums into Individual Albums 197 Assign Multiple Genres 197 Add Song Lyrics 198 15 Finding and Downloading Cover Art 201 Understanding How Cover Art Works 202 What Can Go Wrong with Cover Art 203 Where to Find Cover Art 204 How to Change Cover Art 206 Changing Album Art Files Manually in Windows 206 Changing Album Art in iTunes 206 Changing Album Art in Windows Media Player 207 Changing Album Art with a Third-Party Program 207 16 Creating the Perfect Playlist 213 Why Listen to Playlists? 214 Creating a Playlist from Your Digital Music Collection 214 Creating and Sharing Playlists on the Web 216 8tracks 216 FIQL 216 Greatestplaylist 217 Jog.fm 217 Mixtape.me 219 Playlist.com 219 ShareMyPlaylists 219 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Playlist 221 1: Tag Tracks Before You List 221 2: Keep the Beat 221 3: Build a Mood 222 4: Mix It Up 222 5: Program by Sub Genre 222 6: Program by Activity 222 7: Consider the Length 223 8: Put Tracks in Multiple Playlists 223 9: Discover New Music Online 223 10: Share Your Playlist with Friends 223 11: Experience Serendipity 223 12: Don't Stop Editing 224 13: Get Creative 224 Part IV: Streaming Music 17 Understanding Streaming Music 229 Understanding Streaming Audio 230 How Streaming Audio Works Compromises and Requirements 232 Streaming Music Services 232 Internet Radio 233 Cloud-Based Music Services 233 18 Listening to Music with Spotify 237 Getting to Know Spotify 237 Subscribing and Getting Started 238 Getting Around Spotify 239 Importing Local Files into Spotify 240 Importing Files 240 Viewing and Playing Imported Music 241 Listening to Local Files on Your Mobile Device 241 Viewing and Playing Music 241 Playing an Individual Track 242 Playing an Album 243 Playing Music in a Queue 243 Viewing Artist Information 244 Listening to Spotify Radio 245 Creating a New Radio Station 245 Playing a Spotify Radio Station 246 Working with Playlists 247 Creating a New Playlist 247 Adding Tracks to a Playlist 247 Playing a Playlist 247 Listening to Spotify Offline 248 Making a Playlist Available for Offline Listening 248 Listening Offline 249 Sharing Your Music with Spotify Social 249 Adding Facebook Friends 249 Adding Other Spotify Users 250 Sharing Tracks 250 Sharing Albums 251 Sharing Playlists 251 Sharing Artists 251 Sharing Everything You Listen To 251 Collaborating on a Playlist 251 Extending Spotify with Apps 252 Scrobbling to Last.fm 254 Listening on the Go with Spotify Mobile 254 19 Listening to Music with Other Streaming Music Services 257 Grooveshark 257 Last.fm 259 MOG 259 Pandora Radio 260 Raditaz 260 Rara.com 261 Rdio 262 Rhapsody 263 Slacker Radio 264 Turntable.fm 265 Zune Music Pass 266 20 Accessing Your Music in the Cloud 269 How Cloud-Based Music Services Work 270 Pros and Cons of Streaming Music from the Cloud 271 Advantages of Cloud Streaming Services 271 Disadvantages of Cloud Streaming Services 272 Comparing Cloud Music Services 273 Amazon Cloud Player 275 Google Play Music 277 iTunes Match 278 MP3tunes 280 mSpot 281 MyMusicCloud 282 Streaming Music from Your Own PC 283 Audiogalaxy 284 Subsonic 285 21 Listening to Internet Radio 289 Understanding Internet Radio 289 What's Out There 290 Listening to Web-Only Radio 291 Searching for Internet Radio Stations 294 Listening to Terrestrial and Satellite Radio Online 295 Part V: Playing Your Music-At Home 22 Understanding Home Digital Music Playback 301 Music Is for the Home 302 Different Ways to Listen to Digital Music in Your Home 302 Digital Music via PC 303 Digital Music via Network Music Player 304 Digital Music via iPod 305 Other Items to Consider 306 23 Ripping Your Physical Music Collection 309 Ripping CDs to Digital 310 Understanding the Process 310 Choosing the Best Digital File Format and Bitrate 310 Choosing the Best Ripping Application 311 Ripping a CD with iTunes 313 Ripping a CD with Windows Media Player 314 Ripping Lots of CDs 316 Filling in the Metadata 317 Ripping Vinyl Discs and Analog Taps to Digital 317 Understanding the Process 318 Choosing the Right Equipment 319 Choosing the Right Software 322 Splitting a Side 323 24 Playing Digital Music on Your Computer 327 Choosing and Using a Music Player Application 328 What a Music Player Does 328 Evaluating Music Player Programs 329 Using the iTunes Player 331 Using Windows Media Player 335 Using MediaMonkey 337 Improving Your Computer's Sound 339 Using an External Digital to Analog Converter 340 Choosing Better Speakers 344 Using Headphones 355 Connecting Your Computer to Your Home Audio System 355 Making the Connection 355 Choosing a Ten Foot Interface 358 Controlling Your System 366 25 Playing Digital Music on a Home Media Player 375 What Exactly Is a Home Media Player? 376 Choosing a Home Media Player 377 Evaluating Home Media Players 380 Sony SMP-N200 380 Apple TV 380 Western Digital WD TV Live 382 Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player 383 Microsoft Xbox 360 383 Netgear NTV550 HD Media Player 385 D-Link Boxee Box 385 Logitech Squeezebox Touch 386 Sonos Connect 388 Denon DNP-720AE 389 Pioneer N-30 Audiophile Networked Audio Player 390 Marantz NA7004 Network Audio Player 391 NAD C446 Digital Music Tuner 391 Logitech Transporter SE Network Music Player 392 Musical Fidelity M1 CLiC 393 Connecting via DLNA 394 26 Building a Whole House Digital Audio System 397 How Whole House Audio Works 398 Using Personal Computers 399 Using Networked Media Players 400 Using Media Center Extenders 402 Using Freestanding Media Players 403 Part VI: Playing Your Music-On the Go 27 Playing Music on a Portable Music Player or Smartphone 411 Choosing a Portable Music Player 412 Apple's iPods 412 Other Portable Music Players 415 Playing Music on a Smartphone 419 Apple's iPhone 419 Android Phones 421 Windows 7 Phones 423 Playing Music on a Tablet 424 Apple's iPad 424 Amazon's Kindle Fire 424 Other Android Tablets 425 Managing Music on Your Portable Device 425 Syncing Your iPod or iPhone 426 Configuring Sync Options 427 Syncing Your Music 428 Improving Your Device's Sound Quality 428 Upgrading Your Earbuds (or Headphones) 428 Adding an Outboard DAC 432 28 Listening to Streaming Music on a Portable Music Player or Smartphone 437 Evaluating Streaming Audio on Portable Devices 438 Listening to Streaming Music Services on the Go 439 Listening to Internet Radio on the Go 441 Listening to Streaming Music from the Cloud 442 29 Playing Your Portable Music in the Living Room 447 Connecting Your Device to External Speakers 448 Connecting to Powered Speakers 448 Connecting to a Tabletop Speaker System 449 Connecting Your iPod to Your Home Entertainment System 453 Connecting via an Adapter Cable 453 Connecting via an iPod Dock 454 Part VII: Sharing Your Music 30 Burning Your Music to a CD or USB Drive 461 Burning Music CDs 462 A Short History of Home Recording 462 Understanding CD Burning 462 Understanding CD Standards and Formats 463 Choosing CD Burning Software 465 Before You Burn: Preparing Your Hardware 465 Before You Burn: Configuring Your Software 466 Burning an Audio CD 467 Burning an MP3 CD 469 Burning Music Files to a USB Drive 469 31 Sharing Your Music Over a Network or Online 473 Sharing Music Over a Network 473 Sharing Music via Email 474 Sharing Music via a Cyberlocker 475 32 Sharing Your Music-Socially 479 Sharing Music on Facebook 480 Sharing Music from Another Music Service 480 Viewing Your Friends' Music 481 Sharing Music via Live Chat 483 Sharing Links to MP3 Files 483 Sharing Music on Twitter 484 Sharing Music via Spotify 486 Sharing to Facebook 486 Sharing to Twitter 487 Sharing to Other Spotify Users 488 Sharing via Windows Live Messenger 488 Sharing to Anyone via Email 489 Sharing Music via iTunes Ping 489 Posting to Ping 490 Viewing Your Ping Page 491 Finding Friends to Follow 493 Part VIII: Discovering New Music 33 Discovering New Music with Last.fm and Pandora Radio 497 Discovering New Music with Last.fm 498 Scrobbling from Other Music Services 498 Scrobbling from PC-Based Music Players 499 Investigating Last.fm's Recommendations 500 Creating Radio Stations 501 Discovering New Music with Pandora Radio 503 Creating a New Radio Station 504 Fine-Tuning Your Radio Stations 505 34 Discovering New Music in the Amazon and iTunes Stores 509 Discovering New Music on Amazon 510 Viewing General Recommendations 510 Viewing Music Recommendations 510 Fine Tuning Amazon's Recommendations 513 Discovering New Music on Your Own 514 Discovering New Music on iTunes 517 What's Interesting (and Promoted) in the Store 517 Previewing New Music 520 Getting Genius Recommendations 522 35 Discovering New Music via Social Media 525 Discovering New Music on Facebook 526 Discovering New Music on Twitter 528 Discovering New Music on MySpace 528 Exploring the Social Aspects of Spotify and Other Music Services 530 36 Exploring the Best Music Review Sites and Blogs 535 Exploring Music News and Review Websites 536 Discovering Music Blogs 539 Reading Online Music Magazines 542 Using Music Recommendation Sites 545 Index 549