dev a web interface for audio: html5 or java applet or just a java program running locally?

i'm developing a servlet in java that is going to be taking audio recordings from lots of users in lots of different countries (by that, i mean lots of countries where internet speed is sub-par)

but for the web interface , i'm still undecided on whether to use a java applet, html5, or develope a gui in java for multiple OS's.

my primary concern is the quality of audio files that come from the users, who are recording off their microphone(small files, if that's relevant). the files are then sent to and stored on the server(shocker).

if you had to pick, how would you develop this interface for high quality? i'm thinking that streaming audio would affect the quality given that i will have users in countries with poor internet, so recording the files locally on the user's machine would be preferable? that's why i mention internet speed/connection quality/whatchamacallit.

Is this something that html5 is good for? or should i stick with an applet?

the reason i ask is because i have picked java to run on the server since i hear it's easily scaled, but i also am learning that web interfaces are gravitating towards html5 and i'm not sure whether my considerations match up with the considerations of those who are shifting towards html5.

obviously audio quality will always depend in part on factors like the users' hardware and other stuff I can't control, so I want to make my end as good as I can.
wizardintrainingAsked:
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
While the HTML5 <audio> tag is certainly the way of the future, you run into compatibility issues if your users are on older systems and you have to support version of IE prior to IE9.  The other problem is that you will need the audio to be in multiple formats because some browsers need mp3 and other browsers do not support mp3 and you need ogg or wav format.  there is no format support by all widely used browser.

So it really comes down to the user base you need to support.  If you have to support older browsers then you will need to use older technology with JAVA, even with the inherent security issues that presents.  

As for the audio quality. All you can do is get your files to the best quality you can.  The actual quality the user gets is going to depend on the quality of the network transfer, and the quality of their local equipment and software.

Cd&
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krakatoaCommented:
The actual quality the user gets is going to depend on the quality of the network transfer

Not sure why the quality of any file should be affected by sending it over a network . . . the files should be sent on TCP sockets, which guarantees their integrity.
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wizardintrainingAuthor Commented:
yeah that's what I meant, i need to have the files recorded locally and then sent over the network in order to get the highest quality, and i'm not sure if html5 can do that. can it?
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krakatoaCommented:
I don't handle web programmes, but
and then sent over the network in order to get the highest quality
will not affect the quality of what has already been produced at source. Why should it?
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wizardintrainingAuthor Commented:
you're saying that sending files over tcp won't affect the quality, and i get that. i think COBOL thought i was talking about streaming audio.
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krakatoaCommented:
Right.
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wizardintrainingAuthor Commented:
if you guys could provide a little more information on the ability of browsers to handle html5 in the third world you will have my undying love and appreciation. thanks either way.
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krakatoaCommented:
I'd suggest (don't know if Cd& agrees) you open another question and be as specific as you can about your concerns. That should help attract the right experts' attention.
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wizardintrainingAuthor Commented:
ok thanks krakatoa
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krakatoaCommented:
Agree with cD& - you should really get this question annulled, the points returned, and open it again, since as cd says, this is not helpful to the EE cause.
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wizardintrainingAuthor Commented:
ok then
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