The following email was sent to registered members of the VOI Blog Directory:
Dear (Link Owner)
Since the registration of your website with the VOI Blog Directory (http://www.aizuddindanian.com/voi/blinks/), (# of hits) hits have been directed to your site. Thank you for your support. It is greatly appreciated.
The Volume of Interactions recently launched a new section called the VOI: Audio. This section aims to experiment with audio/video streaming over the web without the use of a streaming server. Assuming that this test is successful, the VOI will use this platform as a means of extending the experience of its users to include AUDIO and VIDEO.
Mainstream blogging experience has mainly been limited to text and static pics - the VOI intends to push this envelope thus the launching of VOI: Audio. As the system is currently in BETA, i would like to kindly invite you to test and provide constructive feedback on this effort.
You can find the VOI: Audio by following this link:
If you are using a regular 56k dial-up modem, please use either the 64bitrate or 96bitrate streams; the 128bitrate streams (near-CD quality) may lead to long buffering times or severe jerkiness.
If you're on broadband, then i hope you can test all the different quality streams and provide your feedback about each. Is 64bitrate good enough? Is 96 very much different from 128?
Please leave your feedback on this page so that i can keep a comprehensive record of all responses. Information that i would find particular useful is where are you accessing the stream from, on what type of connection (broadband or non-broadband), and how was your overall experience of the service. Any further information that you may wish to provide is also very welcome.
Just for your information, the audio files being streamed are 2 comedy routines from Robin Williams and 2 songs, one from Daniel Bedingfield (yes, THAT song) and one from Shania Twain. These audio files are copyrighted to their respective owners and any duplication is strictly prohibited. The contents and results of this test are protected under "Fair Use" copyright exemptions as described in the following research:
The test will last until 2 May 2003 at which point all the test files will be removed. Thanks loads for your assistance and time. I look forward to your comments and input on this matter. Take care, God bless.