Beatnik's format that combines MIDI and audio data. (Can also deliver just MIDI or just audio.)

sound quality


browser issues

Browser requires the Beatnik Player plug-in, which is fairly commonly installed.

authoring issues

Ideal format for MIDI-based music with the occasional custom sample in the mix. Extremely good "compression ratios" possible, compared to compressed audio.

The Beatnik Player plug-in includes many Javascript hooks that allow a web author to affect the music being played in response to user actions (clicks, mouse-overs, etc...):

The following resources are available at this page:

server issues

Server does not require special software.

security issues

Music can't be separated from author/copyright information. Music can only be played, not copied or processed.

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