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Playing music / sounds without decoding

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Hello fellow html5 developers

Does anyone know if there's a reliable way to play large sound files (like a background music track) via WebAudio, without having to decode the whole file first? The decoding process uses a lot of memory and on mobile platforms it seems to take forever.

Can you recommend any viable alternative?

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For WebAudio, the only way to avoid decoding the file is to not have it encoded, so have it as a wav. But your file will be huge so that probably isn't practical on the web.

Otherwise why not use an audio tag just for the background music only? Audio tags can play without having to download the full file first...

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