All audio on MerrillvilleChoir.com
is published in two formats. They are:
- Windows Media Audio (WMA) - 32 kbps, mono - This
protocol is used to provide streaming audio to modem users.
It has the quality of a typical streaming connection (sounds
very processed & compressed) because of the extreme data
processing that must occur to take an audio signal and
transmit it with such little bandwidth. WMA is a proprietary
so it is unlikely that you will be able to listen to a WMA
file if you are not using Windows.
Windows Media Player is the most common player for WMA
files, although others do exist. To download WMA files, click
the button that looks like this:
Note that we are phasing out the WMA format and all new concerts will be
encoded in OGG format.
- OGG Vorbis (OGG) - ~45 kbps, stereo -
All new additions to the site are encoded using the
audio compression codec. This is an open standard for audio compression
which (in our opinion, anyway) is vastly superior to the MP3 standard
you may be familiar with. We plan on encoding at two bitrates, which
will provide both low-bandwidth streaming audio for modem users and
larger, higher quality files for those who wish to download the music
to listen to later or burn to CD. OGG's sound almost identical to the original
audio file and do not exhibit any of the artifacts found in the WMA files on this site.
OGG is a standard format that is being more and more widely accepted for
audio compression, so you should be able to find a player for nearly
any platform. The most commonly used player for Windows is WinAmp. To download OGG files,
click the button that looks like this:
Looking to make a CD of choir music?
Send us e-mail;
we have higher-quality versions of every concert available to send you.
(They aren't stored online because of limited space on our server.)