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listen to music/video on Dial-up modem

by DANNY101 / October 17, 2006 9:13 AM PDT

Hi, I searched and could not find an answer to this 2 part question(HELP)! I like to listen to music on my lap top Wind's Exp. 6 ME (still works when error messages take a break) and a XP Media Ed prof. Ver. SP2 desktop,But I have dial up service, so (1).Is there a site where I can find good,oldies WithOut the Video on it. (takes too long to buffer,only get 3 sec's of music at a time,if the video was not there,would it play OK? and 2. Is there a good free download that might enhance the streamlining (hope that is the right term,I'm new and dumb) of loading/playing the music at a proper rate? I hope my questions made sense. Coping/burning is not an issue,just want to pick and listen to tunes on demand that are already on file.Suggestions on URL's? Thank You in Advance for any help. Good Evening! Dan

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by John.Wilkinson / October 17, 2006 2:23 PM PDT

Dial-up certainly was not designed for streaming media, and while streaming video is out of your reach streaming audio may not be a whole lot better depending on the quality and your actual speed. Thus, you'll likely to receive the same touch-and-go playback no matter what the source.

In regards to sites, you can't download copyrighted music at will, but you can tune into internet radio stations and listen to oldies for free in most cases. The only catch is that you're going to have trouble listening live over 56K.

Finally, in regards to downloads there's nothing that will help. Dial-up is limited to 56kbps, government regulations bump that down to 53kbps, and considering connection quality you're lucky to be in the low- to mid-40s. There are download accelerators to help you take full advantage of your connection, but on dial-up your connection is the weak link, not the sites/servers. In addition they don't apply to web surfing, only downloads.

In short, there's not much you can do as long as you have dial-up. You may want to click here, though, to look over a selection of free legal music you can listen to online and/or download. It's a nice complement to free internet radio.


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by DANNY101 / October 18, 2006 2:28 AM PDT
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John, Thank you for your help! I thought there may be a chance that music nmay be more accessible via dial-up. Good Day!

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