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realaudio in Technology
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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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