BSD Today: Experiencing audio with XMMS, splay, kmpg and mpg123Jul 30, 2000, 19:55 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)
[ Thanks to Jeremy C. Reed for this link. ]
"What's life without sound? Sound is a large part of the human experience, as well as the *BSD experience. Just like popular operating systems such as Windows, MacOS, and Linux, the BSDs have their fair share of audio applications that range from manipulation to players."
"Waveform players are extremely common today, and the most common media players can easily handle waveform, or WAV files. In addition to waveform, MIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is often a form of media music is presented in. I say music because MIDI uses your sound card's synthesizer, be it wavetable or otherwise, as a sort of template for the sound of the MIDI file. This reduces size, but can also make the song very bland. This also means that no vocals are possible within a MIDI file, of course. The players of today easily often handle waveform, but is leaving the primitive MIDI behind due to its lack of popularity. On top of waveform and MIDI, a new standard is emerging, which is essentially a compressed waveform sound."
"Maybe you've heard of them -- MP3s? MP3s, or MPEG Layer 3 files, offer outstanding compression with little quality loss and are taking the world by storm. While I'm sure you've all heard of them with the injunctions with Napster and MP3.com, it's often hard choosing a player in the sea of applications out there."