Playing MP3 files in C++

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    Playing MP3 files in C++

    Hi all,

    How can I play MP3 files in C++? Is there any library that I can use?

    Thanks,
    Peyman

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    In the C++ standard library, no. SDL, however, might support such a thing.

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    Google for "MP3 files in C++".

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    I found libmpg123 to be a good library.

    Also, be aware of the legal implications - MP3 is patented. Depending on what you're doing, other formats may suit you better. (In the local gamedev club, the last project I worked with used .ogg files. Supported by SDL, excellent quality, and free.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus_Hugger View Post
    I found libmpg123 to be a good library.

    Also, be aware of the legal implications - MP3 is patented. Depending on what you're doing, other formats may suit you better. (In the local gamedev club, the last project I worked with used .ogg files. Supported by SDL, excellent quality, and free.)
    Hi,

    That is for Linux, is there any version for windows also?

    Thanks,
    Peyman

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    FMOD, DirectSound, OpenAL. I use FMOD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peyman_k View Post
    Hi,

    That is for Linux, is there any version for windows also?

    Thanks,
    Peyman
    Yes, libmpg123 works with Windows. They seem to have a developer zip file on the website's download page, but IIRC, I just compiled from source.
    I forgot to note that libmpg123 provides only decoding support, IIRC. I don't think they have any code for playing sound. (You've got two tasks here: decoding the mp3 and playing the resulting waveform.) Some of the libraries mentioned above can help with that. (Some might be able to do both decoding/playing in one or two steps - for me, this was not needed.)
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