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Review of "Digital Audio Essentials" by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

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Digital Audio Essentials
by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

$34.95 Suggested Retail Price

Its an iPod world and we're all living in Apple's wake. OK, that's not even close, but there's no denying that digital media is exploding. Bruce and Marty Fries give us the inside dope on digital audio from iTunes to streaming audio, with a nod to filesharing services like KaaZaa. There's a complete discussion of online audio sources and the software you can use to listen. MP3 players are covered, too, from the ubiquitous iPod to other memory-card players. For technophiles, the various MPEG standards are detailed, along with some programming references and a really nifty section on removing noise from your audio files. I'm an old time radio fan, and those files are often 18th generation copies taken from phonograph records or cassette tapes, complete with static and pops and all sorts of nasty things, so I spent a long time on that section.

Whether you consider yourself a novice or an expert when it comes to digital audio, you'll find a lot to learn here. This book is a classic expample of a book you shouldn't judge by its cover... in fact, it takes a good going over before you really appreciate all of the useful information you'll find here.

Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our July, 2005 issue.

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