The web is one of the best places to find and share all kinds of media files. Whether you want to enjoy your favorite show, listen to up-and-coming music acts, or share your own video, audio, or visual content, there's a place on the web for every form of multimedia.
YouTube caters to a massive community of billions of people around the world. Depending on whether you consider YouTube to be a search engine or social newtorking site, it is either the second largest search engine or one of the largest social networks on the web – or maybe both it's both.
Part of the fun of photography is sharing your images with friends and family. With digital photos, you have some 21st-century options: e-mailing your images or sharing them online.
Just as cable TV revolutionized viewing habits by providing hundreds of specialized channels, video on the Internet is having a similar impact. You can find literally hundreds of websites that offer video on every subject imaginable.
MP3, a file format that shrinks audio data while preserving the quality, has made the distribution of near-CD quality music as easy as a click of your mouse.
If you're a music fan, there's no better source than the Internet. A high-speed connection and a good set of speakers or headphones turn your computer into a digital jukebox.
Using your computer to listen to the radio may seem like a strange thing to do until you realize that there are thousands of radio stations around the world. By putting their programming online, these stations now reach a global audience.
To experience multimedia, you need a computer equipped with sound and video cards and special software programs called plug-ins. A plug-in, sometimes referred to as a player, extends the capabilities of your web browser, turning your computer into a radio, TV or game machine.
Get Your Multimedia Fix
As you can see, the web has something to offer everyone. It doesn't matter whether documentary films, amateur comedic acts, or indie rock bands are your thing, you can find the media content you're looking for on the web. You just have to know where to look. After reading the articles above, now you do know where to look!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is content on websites like YouTube and Pandora free?
Nearly all copyrighted downloadable content, such as music files, will carry a price tag. However, many streaming sites such as YouTube and Pandora are either free to use or offer a freemium model where basic service is available for free.
Free services such as these are built on an ad-supported business model. The details of the model each site uses varies a little bit, but the basic idea is that the service either streams ads over the media – such as ads that pop-up while you're watching a video on YouTube – or sponsored messages that play either before or after bits of streamed media – such as ads that play between songs when you're listening to Pandora using a free account. Many media streaming sites, such as Pandora, will get rid of the ads and give you expanded playback options if you purchase a premium account.
Is sharing personal media files on sites like YouTube or photo sharing sites safe?
When you share a file on a platform like YouTube or Flickr, it's important to realize that you're giving up some degree of control over that content. Even if you put in place privacy measures that limit the audience that can view the content, as long as you allow at least one other user to view the content you have opened the door to the content being duplicated and published publicly. As a result, never share anything that would be personally or professionally devastating if it fell into the wrong hands.