Real Audio

by AA » Tue, 03 Mar 2009 02:53:04 GMT

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 Is there a way to play real audio files on my G1?


Real Audio

by Dave Sparks » Tue, 03 Mar 2009 03:54:25 GMT

 No, Android does not have support for RA formats.


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Real Audio

by AA » Wed, 11 Mar 2009 23:13:18 GMT

 According to the Specs it should support Real Audio formats?!?! I'm
confused as to why it would not and why there isn't a player for it



Real Audio

by Mark Murphy » Wed, 11 Mar 2009 23:35:33 GMT


Which specs are these?

The Android "specs" with respect to media formats can be found here: 

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_The Busy Coder's Guide to *Advanced* Android Development_ Version 0.7!


Real Audio

by Ayman El-Ghazali » Fri, 13 Mar 2009 01:13:59 GMT

 I saw the specs on Wikipedia and other websites.  I don't see why there
could not be a player that plays Real Audio.  I switched from the IPhone
anticipating that I could play real audio on my G1.


Real Audio

by Mark Murphy » Fri, 13 Mar 2009 06:44:44 GMT


In this case, Wikipedia is wrong. I have edited the page to correct the

RealAudio/RealVideo 10 are not open source. If you wish a specific
device to support those codecs, they would need to license it from

There are older RealAudio codes that may be open source via the Helix
initiative, but:

-- Last I knew, Helix's open source license wasn't Apache 2.0, but GPL,
which makes integration a bit challenging

-- They may require porting work for whatever chipsets Android intends
to support (not all ARMs are created equal)

Moreover, RealAudio tends to be used as a streaming format, and I am not
sure that they are part of the Internet streaming specifications that
OpenCORE supports.

If you are interested in contributing engineering work to have RealAudio
in Android, I suggest you start up a thread over on the
[android-platform] Google Group, as this Google Group is for
introductory questions and answers for SDK developers, not firmware

Mark Murphy (a Commons Guy) 
_The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development_ Version 2.0 Available!


Real Audio

by Ayman El-Ghazali » Fri, 13 Mar 2009 20:31:37 GMT

 Looks like they've already started it:

I'm not an android developer.  I'm a SQL Developer and I wish I had more
time on my hands to look at Android development because I really love the
platform. Unfortunately, when I get home the only playing around with
Android is when my son gets a hold of my phone!

I have so many audio files in rm format and I cannot convert them all.  I
used to listen to them on my windows mobile device ALL the time.  Come on
now Google, you gonna let Microsoft beat you in that?

Thanks for your correspondence.


Real Audio

by Dave Sparks » Sat, 14 Mar 2009 07:58:49 GMT

 Unfortunately, the licensing terms are incompatible with AOSP. I'm
sure if there is enough demand, someone will create a player.


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