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Can OpenAL play mp3s?

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OpenAL is an API for dealing with Sound Hardware.

It does some stuff for you. But it does not play that many formats natively, you have to write/find a lib that can decompress mp3s.

That being said. OpenAL supports wav, and (not in main distribution yet I believe) ogg vorbis audio.

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fmod supports mp3, and you don''t have to pay any royalties if you''re not selling your project. I think it runs on top of DirectSound, but I''m not sure. Anyway, I''m using it, and it seems rather good...

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