adding sound to a web page

i'm building a site for someone who wants to put a number of songs on the site. She wants to use real songs (not midis), streaming. I've never attempted to add sound before and am pretty clueless.  I need to get some basics on how long different kinds of music (formats) take to load, how hard they are to prepare (say, if i'm just starting with songs from a cd), etc. Where should i start?
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The smallest file format will be RA- Real Audio which uses real player .. the nicest thing about it is that it will buffer enough to stream on any modem speed. Smaller files- can be as small as less than 1 MB for avg song.

The next best would be mp3.. winamp or real player type plugins will buffer also but your mp3 files run bigger like 3.5 MB for avg song.

Then you can go more into java and create a streaming applet to stream wav or au or midi files.  But that requires alot more work.

Check out: [ compares various audio formats]


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