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B.5. Liquid Audio



Browser compatibility and percent of browsers with Plug-in


Interactive sound design capabilities

Limited/None. Format is designed solely for music distribution.


Audio synced to video or text for music video simulation.

Software cost for encoding and streaming



Basic starting level software package costs about $1,000.

Level of documentation and support


Audio encoding and content generation


Audio authoring and delivery



As a format designed for specific professional applications, Liquid Audio provides detailed support and automated setup functions.

Audio fidelity and compression



Supports MP3 compression.

Low-bandwidth performance



Although Liquid Audio is designed for previewing audio files in low-bandwidth environments, downloading large Liquid Audio files is best suited for high-bandwidth connections.

Server performance and quality of software tools for large-scale streaming

Good -- Liquid Server.


Note that Liquid Server is primarily designed for secure music sales and distribution.

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