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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music on the Internet with MP3: Jukebox Deluxe : Turn Your PC into a Digital Jukebox Paperback – 1 Sep 1999

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In The Complete Idiot's Guide to MP3 Music on the Internet, you get the full scoop on MP3 tunes. Covered topics include MP3 player software, portable MP3 hardware, ripping CD tracks, digitising tapes and records and publishing your music online. There's also some information on copyright as it applies to MP3 files and a guide to Internet sites that publish MP3--material that's useful for musicians as well as listeners.

The book begins by showing you why MP3 is one of the best digital music formats. For one thing, most MP3 encoded music is legally free of charge. And because it's completely digital, an MP3 file loaded into a handheld player won't skip while you exercise the way CDs can. On the software side, the book focuses on playing MP3s with Winamp. They also cover Virtuosa Gold and MusicMatch Jukebox for ripping, ie. encoding music files into the MP3 format.

The book devotes more space to the Diamond Rio than any other piece of MP3 hardware, but they do an even-handed job of exploring the other MP3 players available. Perhaps more importantly, the book explains little hardware hacks, such as using a cassette-deck adapter to connect your MP3 device to your car stereo (though they might also have included information on connecting a PC's sound card to a home stereo).

About a third of this book is a directory of musicians who have given permission for their MP3 music to appear on the book's companion CD-ROM. --David Wall

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Down to Earh Advice, When the Going Gets Tough!
You've recently found the Stratocaster you had for your garage band in high school. Uncle Jed's banjo and strumming talent have been passed down to you. Puberty has ended, and your once-shrill voice has turned into an angelic, swooning lullaby-maker that you want the world to hear. Or maybe you've just been unsuccessful at getting your tape heard by recording executives who can't even tap along with chopsticks. Get even. Get heard. Get electronic. Get The Complete Idiot's Guide to MP3: Music on the Internet. This light-hearted guide not only shows you the best way to listen to countless artists and their tunes on the Internet, but also reveals the best ways to get your own opus on the market.

Simple explanations on shortcuts, quick tricks, and necessary knowledge to keep you listening.

Find music by your favorite artists on the Interent.

Download and install MP3 recorders and players.

CD-ROM contains MP3 players and encoders, songs and long non-music works such as books on tape.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the 20 bucks, for sure. But don't stop here! 30 Nov. 2001
By The Aeolian Kid - Published on
Format: Paperback
[...] This book is written by TWO authors: Rod Underhill of, and Nat Gertler (who has written many other Complete Idiot's Guide and computer books). They each have their own slant. The book is DEFINITELY a big plug for as an internet entity on the world wide web for online music (...). ... There is a lot of information in the book about MP3s in general as well as - the company - in particular. So, in this case, it's a cool plug. There is also a good deal of REPETITION in the book. For instance, what it says in the "ROD SPEAKS" box on page 160 about LYCOS falling into Copyright Trouble is almost EXACTLY stated in slightly different wording on page 172 in the "JAM ON THIS" box where the heading is called: "Lycos Moves into Tricky Waters."
... The authors also have included a humorous and healthy dose of democratic debate between each other as is evident on page 170 in the "NAT SPEAKS" box called: "THE ACT STINKS" where Nat Gertler CORRECTLY, I believe, clarifies the corporate unfairness of the 1992 AUDIO HOME RECORDING ACT of favoring big corporate interests over the consumer. Nat says: "My beloved co-author Rod, who wrote most of this chapter, isn't nasty enough towards the Audio Home Recording Act. This new tax (signed into law by Mr. "No New Taxes" himself, George Bush) has ugly causes and ugly effects: ... New taxes, weaker copyright, crippled and expensive technology, all in the name of funding international multimedia conglomerates. This act is a loser all around." ... BRAHVO, Nat! ... Spoken like a true Sociologist! ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Become A Revolutionary 27 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
For most, the term "revolutionary" conjures up an image of a slightly portly man, wearing fatigues, and chomping on a (you guessed it!) Cuban cigar. Not so. At least not in the digital age. There is a revolution under foot, and its called the MP3 revolution, and there is a book out now you might call "the bible of MP3 music". "The Complete Idiot's Guide to MP3: Music on the Internet" is a comprehensive book that does not overload the reader with unnecessary technicalities (although it points the reader in the right direction if s/he were so inclined) and should be a very useful resource for those music artists who are now thinking about getting into the MP3 game. What knowledge I have learned in driblets here and there throughout the last year and beyond is all collected within this book. It seems there is very little one needs to know in order to get involved in the MP3 revolution (you don't even have to risk your life for THIS cause), which should come as a relief to those music artists who are otherwise occupied with perhaps weightier causes (like the "rent" cause).
The book is heavily biased (and justifiably so) toward; this should come as no surprise as Rod Underhill, one of the authors, is the Director of Music for MP3 and are changing the way people are accessing music, and it may give music artists more leverage, and hence more financial returns, in the future.
I enjoyed the MP3 selections included on the compilation CD provided with the book, particularly the selection, "I Will Love You", by Fishe. I am also pleased to say that one of my own compositions, "Elegy: Adagio for Strings", was chosen to be included amongst the works of the 70 or so talented international MP3 musicians and composers.
I enjoyed the book very much; it was useful, informative, and it read well (and quickly). If you haven't yet gotten involved in the MP3 revolution, buy the book: it can help you understand the revolution, why it happened, and it will show you how you too can become one of the MP3 revolutionaries. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good "nuts and bolts" look at MP3's 21 Dec. 2001
By Todd Hawley - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book offers a kind of "bare bones" look at the MP3 phenomenon, starting off with chapters on what exactly MP3's are, and "A Compressed History" of MP3's. There are also chapters on finding and downloading MP3's, the software you can find to play them, chapters on making your own MP3's (hence the terms "ripping," digitizing, and "sound squishing"). There's good advice if you are a musician on marking MP3's, "marketing" them and where to post them to publicize your work.
Also too, there's a long section on MP3's and the law, what's legal and what isn't about them. The author makes a good case for why "pirating" MP3's are not a good idea, but points out the music industry isn't making any attempt to hold down prices for music to the consumers, hence the popularity in downloading MP3's off the 'Net. There's also a glossary of terms in the back of the book, a reference card in the book's front listing MP3 reference sites, MP3 software sites, and sources for MP3 recordings.
This book although now a bit dated offers a good introductory look at MP3's.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for begginers.... 11 April 2000
By David - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book, I would recommend to a musician or just someone wanting to know about mp3's. The book has enough information, while the reader not needing to be a super - geek.
The book covers most issues on mp3's, like, legal info, hardware, software (as the book comes with a CD, with all the major mp3 software), how to get you music online, were to get music, why to bother with mp3s, and a good history of mp3's.
The book also devotes 60+ pages giving musician's opinions, and how mp3's got the musicians success and with their music, on the CD.
I found this book to be very helpful, but not for any professional recording use.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So, I wrote this book... 6 Jun. 2011
By Mark Miller - Published on
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I wrote this book, with my friend Nat. It's way out of date now, of course, but over the years has become somewhat of an important historical document. Twice patent attorneys have called me to consult on the state of the MP3 industry back at the time of the writing of this book, as such historical viewpoints, as I have learned, can sometimes be relevant as evidence in patent lawsuits. Not being a patent lawyer, I dunno, but I do get those type of phone calls from time to time. For me, the many musicians I selected to be mentioned in this book all deserved to be featured and the original edition came with a CD that had a 100 or so MP3s from a variety of genres. All music hand selected by myself from 250 thousand different acts. There is also my own album on the original disc, "Science Friction," which I do not necessarily recommend due to modesty, false or otherwise. Anyway, things change quickly in the world of technology, so this book is a window to an earlier era. I was contractually obligated to make the dumb jokes that show up in the book, so please forgive. This book is also very cheap now, as you will no doubt notice.
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