School of Music, Theatre & Dance Audio Streaming FAQ

What software do I need?

QuickTime... available as a free download from
(both Macintosh and Windows compatible versions available)

I have QuickTime installed, but the Play buttons are missing!

Recent releases of some popular browsers have been updated with security enhancements that may prevent a website from displaying content like streaming audio links. You may experience this issue if the streaming audio is on a page that required you to login such as a CTools site or the SMTD Concert Recording Archive.

The Safari browser does not currently have this issue, but if you are using Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, please refer to these simple configuration procedures provided by the CTools support team to learn how to adjust your browser so the play buttons work.

What is audio "streaming"?

Audio streaming is a method for delivering music over the internet. It is different from downloading an MP3 file... your computer will be able to start playing the music after just a few seconds of buffering, even if the selection is very long. However, you will not be able to save the audio file to your computer. You can only listen by linking over the network to the audio streaming server.

In what format is the music encoded?

Audio is currently being encoded for streaming in MPEG4 format using the AAC codec with a data rate of 128Kbps (Stereo, 16-bit, 44.1KHz).

If you have further questions, please email the SMTD Webmaster Group.