RealAudio : Java Glossary

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RealPlayer RealAudio
A set of protocols that RealPlayer uses that let radio stations broadcast digitally to the entire planet using the Internet, even over slow speed dial-up connections. You need a sound card and the RealAudio plug-in in your browser to receive the broadcasts. RealPlayer handles video as well. Each version of the player has expanded the number of codecs (compression algorithms) it can handle. Every listener gets sent his own private copy of the broadcast. The sound breaks up frequently because the Internet cannot deliver the information fast enough. It can also be used to deliver music samples, and spoken recordings. To broadcast, you must buy server software to handle the real-time streaming. Unlike TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol), if packets are scrambled or lost, they are just ignored since there is no time to retransmit them and stay in synch.

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