<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.