RealAudio

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RealAudio

(tool, communications)
A program from Real Media for playing audio over the Internet, and the lossy audio compression format it uses.

The system is implemented as a client/server architecture. The RealAudio server incorporates an encoder which compresses sound into RealAudio files. The client side is a web browser plug-in or add-on (a recent version of Internet Explorer apparently has built-in support for RealAudio) which allows the stream of data sent from the server to be uncompressed and output using the normal sound facilities of the computer, such as a sound card.

A 14.4 KBps or better modem is required, and a 28.8 KBps connection is recommended for music-quality sound.

http://realaudio.com/.

RealAudio

A popular streaming audio technology for the Internet from RealNetworks. First introduced in 1995, a browser equipped with the RealPlayer media player or third-party RealAudio plug-in enables news, sports and other programs transmitted from RealAudio servers (RealServers) to be heard on the user's computer. Encoders and plug-ins can be downloaded from RealNetworks' website. Server software is available for a variety of platforms. RealNetworks was formerly Progressive Networks. See RealVideo.
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