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From Simon MacDonald <>
Subject Re: Media.startRecord behavior - should it create the file?
Date Mon, 04 Jun 2012 20:05:57 GMT

1) Yes, Android creates the media file.
2) It is hard coded to "/sdcard" which is horrible. I may fix that in 1.8
for it to check for external storage and use the default directory which
would be "/sdcard" but at least it would check to see if the SD card is
3) It doesn't return an error if the path doesn't exist which I should fix.

Honestly at this point I think we need to look at abandoning the Media API
in 2.0 and standardize on the Audio API. That is implement the W3C Audio
spec for platforms, like Android, that don't support it very well. Now that
we have the Capture API people can do audio recording via that API and
there is really no reason to keep this non-standard API around if we can
provide a standard compliant Audio API.

Simon Mac Donald

On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Becky Gibson <> wrote:

> On iOS the file to record to in Medis.startRecord must exist.   Since the
> other platforms don't specify in the docs that the user must create the
> file for recording, I assume the file is created.
> With the platform maintainers please confirm:
> 1) is the src file for Media.startRecord created if it does not exist?
> 2) If it is created, what directory is it created in?
> 3) What error is returned if the provided file path is not valid?  not
> writable?  is "www/fileName"?
> Should iOS update to match the other platforms for 1.9 (assuming there is
> already some consistency in the other platforms)?  I think we talked about
> overhauling Media and Camera for 2.0, if so, the iOS changes could wait
> until then.
> thanks,
> -becky

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