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Play a multimedia file in J2ME Program (Audio/Video) using MMAPI

By: Vikram Goyal in J2ME Tutorials on 2008-08-18  

The simplest MMAPI MIDlet that can be built allows you to easily play a multimedia file from within your MIDlet without worrying about controls, feature sets, or security architecture. If all you're doing is adding some sampled audio (or any other media) in a game, MMAPI allows you to do so in two lines of code. Listing below shows this code within a complete MIDlet.

//A Simple MMAPI MIDlet

import javax.microedition.midlet.MIDlet;

public class SimplePlayer extends MIDlet {
    public void startApp() {
        try {
            Player player = Manager.createPlayer(getClass().getResourceAsStream("/media/audio/chapter3/baby.wav"),
        } catch (Exception e) {
    public void pauseApp() {
    public void destroyApp(boolean unconditional) {


To keep things simple at this stage, the media file is played by creating an InputStream on a wav file, which is embedded in the MIDlet's JAR. This media file is kept in the folder media/audio/chapter3 and is called baby.wav (which is the sound of a baby crying).

Of course, you don't need to play an audio file only. You can substitute the wav file with a video file, provided the emulator supports the format of the video file. The video will not show anywhere, because this listing doesn't provide a mechanism to show the video. You can substitute the wav file for a midi, tone, or any other supported audio format. The point is that playing multimedia files using the MMAPI is as simple as creating a Player instance using the Manager class and calling method start() on it.

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