play audio on OSX?

Nick Parker nick at
Fri Sep 30 16:29:30 CEST 2005

I'm attempting to play an mp3 file on OSX, but am running into some 
difficulty. When using py-mad and py-ao, I only get static with the 
following code (which is derived off another mailing that I found from 
this list's archives):

#!/usr/bin/env python

py-mad (mp3 ability)
py-ao (system audio ability)
import mad, ao, sys
mf = mad.MadFile(sys.argv[1])
dev = ao.AudioDevice('macosx')#osx device, linux: use "oss" or "alsa"
while 1:
     buf =
     if buf is None:
         break, len(buf))

Does anyone know why this produces static, or whether there's a better 
method of producing audio output that's also cross-platform (OSX, 
linux)? I've looked at pymedia, but they do not support OSX at the moment.


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