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Pro Android Media: Developing Graphics, Music, Video, and Rich Media Apps for Smartphones and Tablets by Shawn Van Every

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Audio Playback

As mentioned, Android supports audio playback capabilities on par with MP3 players. In fact, it probably goes a step further since it supports a fairly wide range of audio formats, more than most hardware players. This is one of the benefits of smartphones that perform functions previously relegated to dedicated hardware, since they have good faculties for running a variety of software; like a computer, they can offer a wide range of support for different and changing technologies that are simply not practical to build into the firmware of hardware-centric devices.

Supported Audio Formats

Android supports a variety of audio file formats and codecs for playback (it supports fewer for recording, which we'll discuss when we go over ...

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