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Your Feedback: Muppet Central Radio on Live365

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, May 3, 2003.

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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    As announced earlier today, phase 1 of our Muppet Central Radio updates are now in place. Here is a summary of the updates that were announced.

    1. Every song has been re-recorded to optimize the overall sound of the station.

    2. The sound quality of the stream has increased 50% while remaining accessible for users of dial-up and higher.

    3. Full track listings including artist, title and album/show are on every song.

    4. Transitions from one song to another should be greatly improved for all users.

    I tried to find the right balance of keeping the stream at a small bitrite, but significantly increasing the quality for all users. Keep in mind, this is only phase 1. Phase 2 will be rolled out in a couple weeks and include more enhancements. I will announce the purpose of the phase 2 upgrade after it is complete.

    Let us know your thoughts and feedback on the latest additions.

    Click here to listen to Muppet Central Radio...

  2. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Well-Known Member


    i know this is an odd one...but if you turned it off at midnight...did that mean you did it all at night? shouldn't you sleep?

  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    I uploaded the files throughout the night while I was sleeping. :sleep:

    Figured many in the US would be sleeping too, so it was the best time to take the station off-the-air for 10-12 hours.

    Got up early this morning to check on the progress. Then rolled it out about six hours later after everything was ready to go.
  4. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Well-Known Member

    oh...sneaky phil...hehe

  5. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Lovin the added source credit, very nice.

    What bitrate are the files encoded at? The compression artifacts are more audible now that the material is coming over a wider stream and with a higher frequency. The lower stream bitrate and frequency before used to muffle the audible compression that comes across with the MPEG technology. Overall though, there is a fuller sound.
  6. Thijs

    Thijs Well-Known Member

    Great work Phil. The quality is much better.
  7. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    They are 24k with a full frequency response up to 20,050 Hz. Before they were streaming at 16k and topped off at a frequency response of 11,025 Hz.

    I experimented with going up to 32k (56k modem minimum), however, the quality jump wasn't as significant as going from 16k to 24k. I also didn't want to alienate some of our dial-up users.

    In case you missed it, here is some other technical info about the phase 1 updates.

  8. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    It's fantastic quality, but on my dial up connection over here on a 33.6kbps (yes i need to get a cable modem soon) the sound breaks up every 8 seconds or so. Maybe it's just that little bit slower internationally.
  9. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Is it easy to get MC radio?

    I mean, I used to have it a while back, then last time when I went to go get it again, ya had to register through email or some'in', and it seemed too difficult to try (and I can be rully lazy at times). :o

    Just curious if has lotsa steps, and if yer email'll get spammed.
  10. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member


    You do need to register to listen, but your e-mail address will not be given out for any reason. I recommend you use the default Live365 player for the best sound. It's a very small plugin and you only need to install it once. I think you will enjoy all the Janice and Mokey tunes once you sign up.
  11. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    'k Phil, thanks. :)
  12. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Huh, I clicked on "listen", and it's already up somehow...weird. I'll just keep it playin', lol. :p
  13. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Ah, but ya need to register to rate tracks.

    Got it.

  14. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    It is on 24 hours, he was sayin' he took it off just so he could engage Phase 1. :)
  15. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    It's actually better here at night, i guess when theres less net traffic. It was fine for ages, only started breaking up on rare occasions when the title java applet refreshed, so good news. It is a fantastic resource - great choice of songs, great quality - excellent stuff !

    I did notice something that maybe Phil can check out - i was listening to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and it ended and went straight into 'Anything Muppets - My Home' but on the display it said that the Muppets Tonight theme was supposed to have played inbetween them, but it didn't. Wierd !
  16. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    I heard the MT theme.

    You're weird.

  17. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Oh like we didn't know that already. You heard the MT theme ? I must have had a 47 second attention lapse, i swear i never heard that song. I even remember the sequeway between yellow brick road and my home cos i love YBR. Jeez - the aliens might as well come and take me back to the mothership now. You can go first on the probing couch though Byron. :o
  18. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Nah, you can keep the couch. ;)

    Hey, anyone who knows, what's this "wishlist" thing? Cause I accidentally put one on mine (apparently) that I don't really want.

    And where are the fruits of our ratings shown? Or are there any? lol :p

    And what if you rate or wishlist one more than once?
  19. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Yeah i think an insight into how people have rated the tracks would be great - kinda a Whats Hot/Whats Not !
  20. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Well-Known Member

    ooh good idea, Luke. You could have like top ten list for every coupla weeks, or every month...that would be neat.


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