Audio objects can be file backed and support out of core processing. How can I test if an Audio object is file backed and programmatically extract the file path?

This information is displayed, but I want to get it programmatically.

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Note that Audio objects are atomic so First[au] doesn't work. I can convert to a non-atomic form in several ways, but I consider this a nasty hack.


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Use the undocumented function Audio`AudioInformation[]:

au = ExampleData[{"Audio", "Bird"}];

"ResourcePath" /. Audio`AudioInformation[au]

For an Audio[] object that is not file-backed, None is returned instead of the file path.


This also works:

Audio`AudioInformation[au, "ResourcePath"]

Finally, you can use Audio`AudioStreamQ[] to directly query if an Audio[] object is file-backed:

  • $\begingroup$ Oops, didn't see this! $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Oct 7, 2016 at 15:14
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    $\begingroup$ There are properties which are not returned by AudioInformation[au], but can be queried explicitly, e.g. AudioInformation[au, "AudioID"]. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Oct 7, 2016 at 15:18

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