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RealAudio Streaming

The web is now famous for its multimedia capabilities, made famous in large part by Progessive Networks' RealAudio Player. RealAudio lets you play highly compressed sound and video files over the Internet. This process is called streaming, since the information is decoded and played as it is downloaded (most programs require that you download the entire file before you play it). RealAudio generally requires a RealAudio client on one end (the Player) and a server to stream the data. Texas.Net does not have a RealAudio server, but that doesn't mean that you can't stream your own RealAudio files.

Poor Man's Streaming
Through this process, you can set up a stream for your RealAudio file. The setup is simple:

  1. Create your RealAudio file (eg. example.ra)
  2. Open a text editor (like Notepad, etc.)
  3. Enter one line only, that line being the URL to your RealAudio file (eg. http://lonestar.texas.net/~login/example.ra)
  4. Save the file as .ram (eg. example.ram)
  5. In your web page, to reference the RealAudio file itself, place a link to the .ra file. To stream the file, link to the .ram file.
  6. Upload the RealAudio file, the stream file, and the web page to your web space.

That's it. You're done. To open a RealAudio stream, just make sure that the Player is installed and click on the link that opens the stream.

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