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This article will show you how to stream MP3 or WMA music or audio on a web page using Windows Media Player object and embed controls (for cross-browser compatability). This will allow large sound files to be streamed as they are played, and will work perfectly in all major browsers (eg: MSIE, Netscape/Mozilla, and Opera browsers).


Working Examples:


Individual Track Streaming MP3 Example
Track 1 = Bon Jovi - Mystery Train
Click the PLAY button above to start the stream
    Multiple Track Streaming MP3 Example
Track 1 = Lindsey Buckingham - Big Love
Track 2 = Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Track 3 = Paul McCartney - Heart Of The Country
Click the PLAY button above to start the stream


Other Working Examples:

Look at the   Multiple Track Streaming Example   (36 track playlist) on the main page of my site to see another more detailed and practical example / application of the same streaming technique described in this article.  

Another example where a variation of this streaming technique is used is within my   Automated Jukebox   (22 songs). When the Automated Jukebox starts you can either allow the jukebox to automatically advance and play through each song in sequence without user intervention, or you may jump to any song you like by clicking on the respective song link. Although not covered in this article (it's an entirely different script), lyrics for each song that plays within the Automated Jukebox are displayed in an auto-scrolling iframe as well.


Instructions for creating the playlist file:

1. Save your music file to the same directory where you will be playing the music from, or reference a music directory of a remote URL where you know a music file already exists.  

2. Open up a text editor such as Windows Notepad or JGsoft's   EditPad   (as I use).  

3. Type in the FULL path to the Web Address (URL) of your MP3 or WMA music file.  

If it's an MP3 music file, type it in like this:  

Or, if it's a Windows Media Audio (.wma) file, type it in like this:  

The above 2 examples assumes that   is your domain, that the   music   folder is where your MP3 or WMA file is located, and that   song.mp3   and   song.wma   are the names of your .mp3 and .wma files.  

Save this text file with an   .m3u   (universal playlist) extension.  
Example:   music.m3u  

You can also include several songs (tracks) in one .m3u playlist file if you want to.  
Example of one .m3u playlist file containing several songs:

There is no limit to how may songs you can include in an individual playlist. In a playlist with more than one song, each song is buffered and streamed individually. Therefore, it makes no difference how many songs are referenced in one playlist file. Each song will play one after the other without user intervention. Also, in a playlist with more than one song, the site visitor can use the Media Player controls to skip forward or back a track (song) in the playlist, and also has the option of "previewing" a short clip or a series of short clips of each song in the playlist.



Instructions for inserting the Media Player object/embed code:



Instructions for inserting the Media Player object/embed code:

Once you have created your .m3u playlist, upload the file to the same directory where your music file is located.  

1. Open any HTML document (web page) in your text editor, so that you can insert the object/embed Media Player control code into that HTML document.  

2. Insert this cross-browser Media Player object/embed code into your web page :
Cross-browser Media Player object/embed code ...

1   showcontrols=1 volume= -300 >

All values indicated in   blue   in the above code can be changed if needed. Autostart settings determine if the music starts playing automatically or not. If you want it   not   to start automatically, and you would rather have the site visitor press the play button to start/stop the music/audio, then change both those values to   false   and   0 , respectively. BOTH values must be changed, to ensure that the music plays the same way in all major browsers. Volume settings are just that... sets the volume level. A value of   -300   is about mid-range. You can change that too if you like. BOTH values must be changed to be the same values, to ensure that the volume level is the same in all major browsers.



To stream MP3's on a page you will need to have an MP3 player like WinAmp, Windows Media Player, or Real Audio Player. The MP3 will stream as it loads on the page and will allow for longer larger sound files to be played. 

1. Save your MP3 file to the same directory where you will be playing the sound from, or a sound directory which you know the URL for already,

2. Open up a notepad by clicking Start => Programs => Accessories => Notepad

3. Type in only the exact Address or URL of your MP3 file.

  • Type it in as simple as this:

http://www. domain .com/ sound/music .mp3

where the domain is your domain, the sound folder is where you placed your MP3, and the music.mp3 is your mp3 file.

Save this file as music.m3u . Upload this file into the directory where you will place your sound.

4 . Open your page up in an editor such as Notepad that will allow you to edit the code on the page.

5. Insert the following code into the HTML code of your page for a clickable link to stream by using this:

Clickable player and doawnload this file     by right clicking it and save to yur directory:

Or you can embed with this:

Or you can embed for both IE and Netscape with this:

standby="Loading Microsoft Windows Media Player components..."
TYPE="application/x-oleobject" width="239" height="179">



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20 Feb 2011 21:52