A customer asked me to install an MP3 player into their WordPress blog. I searched the WP Plugins directory for “mp3 player” and found several that either had too many features or required you to jump through hoops to get an audio file into place. Many required use of manually constructed [tags] to insert the player into a page.
I was determined to find MP3 player software that;
1. is simple enough so a novice blogger could follow all the normal WP docs and not have to fuss with settings, secret codes, FTP uploads or other work-arounds, and;
2. can play an MP3 audio file without users having to download or install other software, and;
3. didn’t take the reader off page, (or off site), or cause a “pop-up player” to launch.
And now…. Mrs. G.A. Griffin, (1939*), calling livestock…
*NOTE: the scratchy sounds are NOT from the player — these clips were recorded in 1939 by John & Ruby Lomax during their Southern U.S.A. ethnographic field collection of audio recordings.
To demonstrate using more than one player per post, here’s another fine Lomax clip to listen to:
The WordPress Audio Player can be used with the default settings, (and it will appear as it does here), or can be easily customized to change the look and functionality of the player.
In addition, there are settings to prefix or append other audio clips to an MP3, (e.g.- to run an audio advertisement before a clip plays, or run a clip with comments or credits after an MP3 plays).
There are more features including ones specific to managing podcasts and for other uses of MP3 audio files on a blog.
Audio MP3 Source: Lomax Collection, Library of Congress