21.5. Loading and Playing Audio Clips

Java programs can manipulate and play audio clips. Users can capture their own audio clips, and many clips are available in software products and over the Internet. Your system needs to be equipped with audio hardware (speakers and a sound card) to be able to play the audio clips.

Java provides several mechanisms for playing sounds in an applet. The two simplest are the Applet’s play method and the play method of the AudioClip interface. Additional audio capabilities are available in the Java Media Framework and Java Sound APIs. If you would like to play a sound once in a program, the Applet method play loads the sound and plays it once—the sound is marked for garbage collection after it plays. The Applet ...

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