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How to stream MP3 data via WebSockets with node.js and

How to stream MP3 data via WebSockets with node.js and


I have problems streaming MP3 data via WebSocket with node.js and Everything seems to work but decodeAudioData doesn't play fair with me.

This is my toy server:

var app = require('http').createServer(handler)
  , io = require('').listen(app)
  , fs = require('fs')


function handler (req, res) {
    res.writeHead(200, {
        'Content-Type': 'text/html',
    res.end('Hello, world!');

io.configure('development', function() {
  io.set('log level', 1);

  io.set('transports', [ 'websocket' ]);

io.sockets.on('connection', function (socket) {
    console.log('connection established');

    var readStream = fs.createReadStream("test.mp3", 
                                         {'flags': 'r',
                                          'encoding': 'binary', 
                                          'mode': 0666, 
                                          'bufferSize': 64 * 1024});
    readStream.on('data', function(data) {
        console.log(typeof data);
        console.log('sending chunk of data')

    socket.on('disconnect', function () {
        console.log('connection droped');

console.log('Server running at');

The client receives the data as type string but I want to feed the data to decodeAudioData and it seems it doesn't like strings. The call to decodeAudioData results in the following error message:

Uncaught Error: SYNTAX_ERR: DOM Exception 12

I think decodeAudioData needs the data stored in an ArrayBuffer. Is there a way to convert the data?

This is the client code:

Problem courtesy of: Jan Deinhard


I've found a way to stream MP3 data via Websockets myself.

One problem was the chunk size of the MP3 data. It seems that the Web Audio API needs to be fed with valid MP3 chunks to be able to decode the data. Probably not surprising. In my demo app I provide a set of MP3 chunk files.

Also the quality of the audio is not perfect. I have some subtle glitches. I was able to improve that by sending larger chunks of MP3 data but there are still tiny crackles.

EDIT: I managed to improve the audio quality. It seems the Web Audio method decodeAudioData isn't really designed to decode continuos chunks of MP3 data.

Solution courtesy of: Jan Deinhard


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