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|If you have a 56k modem and Windows Media Player, a player should appear at the left; within a few seconds, you should start hearing the song - and, on a good connection, it will play through without interruption.|
and RealPlayer - click here If you have a 28.8k modem - click here
If you have a 56k modem
Think you're really getting 56k? Or if you have ISDN - click here for ISDN-mono -or- click here for ISDN stereo. (Requires >40kbps throughput; Mono = 11khz freq. response, Stereo = 8khz - both at 40kbps sample rate.) If you have a good 56k dial-up connection, you may be able to play this file without a problem. Congratulations!
|New Poami & Loeka Song! - Come A'ama Crab:|
Click here for 56k modems
Click here for the 40kbps ISDN file
See more about Pomai & Loeka and Hawaiian music.
Throughput Page. Important note: RealAudio Player version 5 & lower with default settings will start/stop/skip if there's a problem; newer 'G2' versions may be smarter and delay/buffer more of the clip before playing to mask a throughput problem.
If the music starts and stops, skips, etc., you may have a problem with your modem, or your ISP's bandwidth out to the net may be inadequate. Further investigation required - see the (not as easy)
For more about Hawaiian Music - click the Hawaiian Music tab onmy home page.
Note about this test: If you are getting >32kbps from my site, through the Internet to your ISP and between their modem and yours, the 56k modem test should be successful. It doesn't indicate where the problem is, and may succeed even if you're getting low 56k rates. If you use SystemMonitor or Net.Medic while conducting the test, you'll get an indication of instantaneous throughput. Information on these tools is on the Throughput Page. A difference in throughput using the alternate site indicates a bottleneck after your modem link - either at the server where the files are located, or the connection between it and your ISP's POP. This is a snapshot of Net.Medic while successfully playing the ISDN file, followed by another attempt where the music stopped during a 'null speedshift':
|Real Audio File||File Size||Sample rate||Audio quality|
|56K File||916K||32kbps||8khz Mono|
|28.8k File||456k||16kbps||5.5khz Mono|
|ISDN Stereo||1.144mb||40kbps||8khz Stereo|
|ISDN Mono||1.141mb||40kbps||11khz Mono|