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.au sound, applets, and Macs oh my!

Anomander Rake

Joined: May 31, 2005
Posts: 7
I and some other folks are experimenting with an open source voice chat program that uses applets to send sound between groups of PCs through our website server (as opposed to directly between PCs, or using one of the PCs as the server). The program sends sound in .au format (Sun's format). Someone claimed that this would give us problems with Macs, because Macs don't use .au format.

Does anyone know if this is true? I thought that with applets, Java itself would take care of handling sound files, and whatever, through the virtual machine associated with the browser (We havn't found anyone with a Mac to try it out on yet).

PS: If that IS a potential problem, is there some other preferred sound format that is likely to work across different types of OSs and machines?
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
You are correct. Even though .au is not a common format on the Mac, the JVM handles it just fine (I think it also handles .wav, but I'm not sure about that).
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