Android: Streaming audio over TCP Sockets


Without knowing the specific exception you're getting, it's hard to know exactly what's wrong. It would also help to see the code you're using to create out1 (that is, your socket code).

Something you might want to pay attention to is the amount of data read from; you might not get a whole bufferSize-sized chunk of data out of it, so you need to take care only to write bytes 0 through bufferRead-1 to your output socket.


For my app, I need to record audio from MIC on an Android phone, and send it over TCP to the other android phone, where it needs to be played.

I am using AudioRecord and AudioTrack class. This works great with a file - write audio to the file using DataOutputStream, and read from it using DataInputStream.

However, if I obtain the same stream from a socket instead of a File, and try writing to it, I get an exception.

I am at a loss to understand what could possibly be going wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: The problem is same even if I try with larger buffer sizes (65535 bytes, 160000 bytes).

This is the code:


int bufferSize = AudioRecord.getMinBufferSize(11025, , AudioFormat.CHANNEL_CONFIGURATION_MONO, AudioFormat.ENCODING_PCM_16BIT); 

AudioRecord recordInstance = new AudioRecord(MediaRecorder.AudioSource.MIC, 11025, AudioFormat.CHANNEL_CONFIGURATION_MONO, AudioFormat.ENCODING_PCM_16BIT, bufferSize);

byte[] tempBuffer = new byte[bufferSize];


while (/*isRecording*/) {
      bufferRead =, 0, bufferSize);

The DataOutputStream above is obtained as:

BufferedOutputStream buff = new BufferedOutputStream(out1); //out1 is the socket's outputStream
DataOutputStream dataOutputStreamInstance = new DataOutputStream (buff);

Could you please have a look, and let me know what is it that I could be doing wrong here?