The typical problem
If you’re a blogger or podcaster interested in posting audio to your blog on an ad-hoc basis, the easiest way would be to add an mp3 link to your post. Trouble is, your blog readers would click on the mp3 link and depending on their system setup, it would either playback on a new web page with the Quicktime audio player plugin, or download for playback on an external media player. To me, this workflow is horrible. Instead, playback should as elegant as “click and play” on the same page.
The hardcore solution
I’ve look at simpler solutions for bloggers wanting instant audio playback. Noticing popular music blogs like Aurgasm.us using a Flash-based player for audio playback, I was lead to this elegant web app which comes in three sizes (love the smallest one). The XSPF Web Music Player (see above) plays MP3s right on your web page. Is this ideal for all bloggers? Not really. It seems more ideal for hardcore music bloggers since the XSPF Web Music Player uses xspf playlist format to play mp3 songs. XSPF is the XML Shareable Playlist Format. The software is written in Actionscript 2. Ultimately, this means spending more time getting the music posted, even though it has plenty of functionality.
The most painless solution
To install: Copy the code below and place it in anywhere in your HTML
I am now able to present to you the first of an irregular series of musical selections. Just hit the play button. Today I’m featuring Nina Gordon’s interpretation of Straight Outta Compton (originally by NWA). She sings the sweetest swear words I’ve ever heard.