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

By: Vikram Goyal Printer Friendly Format    

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"),"audio/x-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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1. when iam trying to executing above program i am ge
View Tutorial          By: BHAGYALAXMI at 2008-10-11 06:45:57

2. pls send simple to hard j2me coding
View Tutorial          By: Seenu at 2008-10-29 15:19:03

3. java.lang.IllegalArgumentException means usually t
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4. me too got the same problem....
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5. me too got the same problem....
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View Tutorial          By: HEHE at 2008-11-19 01:50:15

6. I am not found a J2ME file for playing a audio pla
View Tutorial          By: S.M. ASHIQUER RAHMAN at 2008-11-22 22:33:43

7. I want to say, that you have to give complete code
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8. You are totally learning yourself
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9. very good helped me a lot
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14. @All

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