RealAudio is a proprietary audio format developed by RealNetworks.
RealAudio uses a variety of audio codecs, ranging from low-bitrate formats that can be used over dialup modems to high-fidelity formats for music. It can also be used as a streaming audio format which is played at the same time as it is downloaded. In the past, many internet radio stations used RealAudio to stream their programming over the internet in real time. In recent years, however, the format has become less common and has given way to more popular audio formats.
RealAudio files were originally identified by a filename extension of .ra (for Real Audio). In 1997, RealNetworks also began offering a video format called RealVideo. The combination of the audio and video formats was called RealMedia and used the file extension .rm. However, the latest version of RealProducer, Real's flagship encoder, reverted to using .ra for audio-only files, and began using .rv for video files (with or without audio), and .rmvb for VBR video files.
RA file is an audio file used by RealPlayer. It is an audio and video streaming program which may reference a streaming audio file online or may contain audio data. It can use various codecs to compress audio with variable bit rates. Real Audio is a common format for playing audio clips within a Web browser. You can use Real Player to open RA files.
Choose the classic Real Player if you want to open RA files fast and easily.
Download Real Player. Do not forget to download the application version compatible with your Operating System.
Install Real Player on your computer.
Right click the RA file. Choose Open With.
Go to Choose Program... from a List. Click it.
Choose Real Player. Do not forget to check the box indicating Always use the selected program to open this kind of file. Doing this will automatically open all the RA files using Real Player. Click OK.
If you want to convert RA file to MP3 format, you can try BlackBerry Ringtone Maker. BlackBerry Ringtone Maker is a professional software to convert RA to MP3, either total files or clips of files. More importantly, there is no significant loss of quality in the process of converting RA to MP3. BlackBerry Ringtone Maker can greatly reserve your audio files. In addition, it owns fast Conversion Speed which performs directly without any temporary files, and thus enables high converting speed and economy of hard disk resource.
Step 1: Download BlackBerry Ringtone Maker, and install directly.
Download BlackBerry Ringtone Maker to a known location, install it correctly and then enter the interface of BlackBerry Ringtone Maker.
Step 2: Choose RA files to convert.
Click the Browse button to select the wanted RA files, pre-listen them and set start time and end time to choose the clips of RA files you like to convert to mp3 as BlackBerry ringtone.
Tips: If you want to set the start time and end time to choose clips to convert RA to BlackBerry Ringtone MP3, you should adjust the blue sliders to control.
Then you can choose which folder of PC you want to store MP3 ringtone converted from RA files before transferring to BlackBerry.
Step 3: Start tp convert RA to MP3 as BlackBerry ringtone.
Click the Start button to start converting RA to MP3 as BlackBerry ringtone and BlackBerry Ringtone Maker will convert it automatically.
Then you can transfer RA to BlackBerry ringtone MP3.
Tips: When you transfer RA to BlackBerry ringtone MP3, you should install BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your PC , which can make your BlackBerry phone sync with PC, and then connect BlackBerry to your PC, BlackBerry Ringtone Maker will transfer MP3 ringtone converted from RA to BlackBerry directly.
You are listening to some music with MediaMonkey, but you may find some Real audio files can't be played. There is a way to play, convert, or manage Real audio files in MediaMonkey. Please see the solution.
Download Tara Audio Video Plugin for MediaMonkey and install the .exe program.
When installing the plugin, select the directory of Mediamonkey to install Tara Audio Video Plugin.
Make sure tara.ini is in the directory: /Program Files/MediaMonkey/.
Make sure in_tara.dll is in the directory: /Program Files/MediaMonkey/Plugins.
The following Read Audio/Video file types, RAM;RMM;RA;RNX;RMX;RV;RM;RMJ;RPM;RT;SMI;SMIL, are supported by default.
Now you can play Real Audio on MediaMonkey successfully.