Prerecorded audio

Updated: October 4, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can stream audio content in Windows Media Audio (WMA), ASF, or MP3 formats by using Windows Media Services. Prepare your audio content by converting or encoding it into one of these formats.

Bandwidth is a concern when trying to stream audio content. A high-quality stereo broadcast can easily overwhelm the abilities of a standard dial-up modem. There are several configurable components of an audio recording that can be adjusted during the encoding process to help you achieve the right balance of data transfer rate and audio quality. It is a good idea to experiment with your encoding process to find out what combination of settings works best for you.

If your audio content comes from several different sources, you may find that the quality of your content is inconsistent. Try to maintain a smooth, unbroken quality flow from one content file to the next.