Now I've not done any sound programming before but its time I did some
So I'm looking into different technologies I can use. The two main choices seem to be at the moment either the standard Java-sound in the core API, or Joal.
As far as I'm aware, regular java sound only supports basic file formats such as wave files, yet ideally I'd like to use something that doesn't eat huge amounts of HD space, which points to either mp3 or ogg.
1. Whats the current state of Joal like? Is it reliable enough to be considered as a viable alternative?
2. Does it support mp3 directly or will I need to somehow convert it into an ogg?
2a. Assuming using an mp3 file, what happens with licencing? Is this already taken care of by whatever platform library is used?
2b. Assuming using an ogg file, are there any free tools to do the conversion?