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Stream Web Audio and Video

When the iPad was announced, there was much grumbling about the fact that it wouldn’t play files in the Adobe Flash format—which is a large portion of the videos out there on the Web, as well as the code behind of many browser-based videogames. In fact, some people thought the lack of Flash would be a crippling blow to the iPad’s chances of success.

But guess what? A lot of people bought the iPad anyway. Sure, it doesn’t recognize Flash, RealPlayer, or Windows Media file formats. But the iPad isn’t utterly clueless about streaming online goodies. After all, it has that whole YouTube app (Watch YouTube Clips) that plays plenty of videos. It can also play some QuickTime movies, like movie trailers, as long as they’ve been encoded (prepared) in certain formats (like H.264). It can also play MP3 and WAV audio files right off the Web. Here are a few sites to sample:


  

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