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1 Digital Music and Audio

2 Sound Sound is a disturbance of mechanical energy that propagates through matter (like air) as a longitudinal wave and impacts the ear drum.

3 Sound Waves A sound wave is measured in amplitude (loudness in decibels dB) and frequency (pitch in Hz). amplitude time loudsoft low high Humans can generally hear sounds with frequencies between 20 Hz and 20 kHz (the audio range) Most human speech communication takes place between 200 and 8,000 Hz Prolonged exposure to a sound pressure level exceeding 85 dB can permanently damage the ear Sound levels in excess of 130 dB are more than the human ear can safely withstand and can result in serious pain and permanent damage. oscilloscope demo

4 Sound Wave seconds

5 Zoomed Sound Wave milliseconds

6 millseconds Digitizing Sound The sound wave is measured or “sampled” at regular time intervals to transform it into a list of numbers..28 0 -.45 -. -.1

7 Sampling Rates The amount of times per second that a sound wave is measured (sampled), measured in Hz. –8,000 Hz - telephone –22,050 Hz - FM quality –44,100 Hz - CD quality –192,000 Hz –HD-DVD

8 Bit Rate The combination of the sampling rate, amount of bits used with each sample, and mono vs. stereo determines the total number of bits processed per second, or the bit rate. The higher the bit rate the higher the quality of sound. –4 kbit/s — minimum necessary for recognizable speech –8 kbit/s — telephone quality –32 kbit/s —AM radio quality –96 kbit/s — FM radio quality –128 - 160 kbit/s - Decent quality –192 kbit/s — Good quality –224 - 320 kbit/s — High quality, nearly lossless quality –500 kbit/s–1 Mbit/s — lossless audio –1411 kbit/s — PCM sound format of Compact Disc Digital Audio

9 Calculating CD Quality Bit Rate 16 bits are used for each sample value x 44,100 samples per second (CD) x 2 for stereo = 1,411,200 bits per second a three minute CD song uses 1,411,200 x 180 (seconds) = 254,016,000 bits/8 = 31,752,000 bytes or about 31 MB. The main uncompressed audio format is PCM. It is used on CDs and stored as a.wav on Windows or as.aiff on Mac OS

10 Digital audio compression: MP3 MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding and lossy* compression format and algorithm, designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio to most listeners. MP3 uses psychoacoustic models to discard components less audible to human hearing, and recording the remaining information in an efficient manner - typically 1/10th the size of the original uncompressed audio file. LAME produces the highest-quality MP3 files for bitrates greater or equal to 128 kbit/s. *Lossless compression allows the original sound recording to be rebuilt from the compressed file, lossy loses some of the original sound characteristics. Lossy compressed files can never be returned to the original recording quality.

11 Newer Compressed Audio Formats: AAC & MWA Apple’s Advanced Audio Coding (AAC, or.m4a) format achieves better quality sound than MP3 for the same compression level or smaller file sizes for the same quality audio. Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio (WMA or.wma) format reduces file size but does not necessarily improve sound quality. –WMA 10 Pro (Media Player 11) is much better than plain WMA

12 Review How is music digitized? What is sampling rate? As the sampling rate increases what happens to the sound quality? What is the sampling rate for CD quality sound? What is bit rate? How is bit rate calculated for CD quality sound?

13 Review How do MP3 files compare in quality and size to CD audio? What is Psychoacoustic and how does it relate to MP3? What are lossless and lossy in regards to audio compression? What is Microsoft’s preferred audio file format? What is Apple’s preferred audio file format?

14 Players, Services, Formats & DRM

15 Digital Rights Management (DRM) DRM provides a way to control if and how many times a digital music file can be copied. –Fairplay: Apple’s DRM technology used in m4p files. –Janus: Microsoft’s DRM technology used in wma files (wma-drm 9.0). –Zune wma-drm 9.1: Microsofts new DRM for Zune not compatible with Janus.

16 Online Music Distribution Wma drm 9.0 Online Stores –AOL Music Now –Yahoo! Music Unlimited –Musicmatch –Napster –Rhapsody To Go –Ruckus –Sony Music Store –URGE –Virgin Digital –Tesco Downloads M4P Stores –iTunes No DRM Stores – The public’s reaction to DRM… Wma drm 9.1 Stores –Zune


18 Audio File Formats & Players wavaiffmp3aac (m4a) aac (m4p) wmawma (drm 9.0) wma (drm 9.1) iPodXXXXX ZenXX XX ZuneXXXX

19 Ripping CD’s & Encoding Ripping: Transferring Music from CD to hard drive Encoding: Changing the format of a music file Demo

20 Audio File Formats & Services wavaiffmp3aac (m4a) aac (m4p) wmawma (drm 9.0) wma (drm 9.1) iPodXXXXX ZenXX XX ZuneXXXX iTunesX NapsterX ZuneX

21 Restrictions: Fairplay & iTunes FairPlay will allow a protected track to be used in the following ways: –The protected track may be copied to any number of iPod portable music players. –The protected track may be played on up to five authorized computers simultaneously. –The protected track may be copied to a standard Audio CD any number of times. The resulting CD has no DRM and may be ripped, encoded and played back like any other CD. –A particular playlist within iTunes containing a protected track can be copied to a CD only up to seven times before the playlist must be changed. Demo iTunes

22 Restrictions: Janus & Napster Monthly Subscription: –$10 per month to download and stream an unlimited amount of music while subscribed to the service. –$5 per month to use the music on “PlaysForSure” portable device. $.99 song purchases –Unlimited burns of individual tracks. –Unlimited transfers to Napster compatible portable devices. –Copy your music to three computers. Demo Napster

23 Restrictions: WMA DRM 9.1, Zune Zune Marketplace Subscription$14.99/month –Access millions of songs from 3 PC –Transfer to Zune player –No burning to disk Purchase songs with Microsoft Points, 400 for $5 = 79 points per song = $0.99 Wirelessly share music with other Zunes. Shared songs last three days or three plays. Demo: Zune

24 Review What is the purpose of DRM? What are the three popular forms of DRM in use today? Which DRM is supported by the most online music services? What portable player would you buy if you wanted to use Napster? How about iTunes or Zune? Would you consider the online music industry to be well organized?

25 Digital Music Options

26 Online Music Pay Per Track – Monthly Subscription – Internet Radio – – Free Services –

27 Portable MP3 Players > Portable players selection based on –compatibility –capacity (flash or microdrive) –ease of use Selecting headphones (

28 Podcasts iTunes Podcast Software – Making Podcasts –GarageBand (demo) – _Software.html _Software.html RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated digital content, such as blogs, news feeds or podcasts.

29 Home/Auto MP3 Players > Home Audio > Network Audio iPod Complimentary Speaker Systems iPod Compatible Auto Sound Systems CD/MP3 Players


31 Cell Phone Music Service video/ video/music-center.jsp

32 Satellite Radio Sirius vs. XM: Choice based onSirius XM –Price ($12.95/month) –Quality of Service –Quality of Receivers –Programming

33 Digital Radio

34 Summary: Music Devices HomeOfficeAutoOnFoot AM/FM RadioXXXX HD RadioXXX Satellite RadioXXXX CD Player (CD-R MP3 Capable)XXX TelevisionX Personal ComputerXX Network Audio SystemX Portable Player (iPod)XXXX Portable Player Speaker SystemXXX Cell PhoneXXXX

35 Summary: Music Suppliers PriceStreamedOn DemandUser OwnedLegalAvailabilityProgrammingTotal Internet Music Subscription (Napster)510 9963 Cell Phone Music Service310 9557 Internet Pay Per Tune Only (iTunes)5010 954 Podcasts100 454 File Sharing Networks100 0 50 CD Vendors0010 5 45 CD Rip and Burn100 05 45 Internet Radio10 00 4539 Satellite Radio51000 8538 HD Radio Stations10 00 3437 Radio Stations10 00 3336 Cable TV81000 2232

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