By Laura E Cox
There are two main ways to listen to audio online: by streaming (listening to the item where it is hosted including podcasts and live broadcast) and downloading (storing the files on your computer memory space) and each comes with pros and cons.
Other sites such as Kazaar and Limewire were created to provide desktop items available to download, enabling users to contribute to peer-to-peer audio sharing. These sites have been criticised in the past for the transfer of viruses, and there are ethical issues involving the sharing of both audio and video. Thus, when going to the Limewire site, the user is greeted by the following message:
This is an official notice that LimeWire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.
When it comes to offering content from your own website, there are plenty of places to access streaming technology, including this one which comes with a ‘how-to’ step by step guide to streaming music from your website.
It is not possible to download radio broadcasts, due to ‘rights reasons’.
In the help section of the website, it says:
‘Certain content, including full-length music tracks, can only be offered with digital rights management protection (DRM), and we don’t yet have permission from the BBC Trust to offer radio content with DRM.
‘However, you can still listen to almost all radio programmes on BBC iPlayer as audio streams, which can be played up to seven days after the programme’s original broadcast.’
What do you think? Is the internet taking over?