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28/05/2012

WordPress Killed the Radio Star

WordPress killed the audio streaming capability

The 23rd of May 2012 will be kept in our memories as a date of quite a surprise –
or should I better say a quiet surprise – at least for all the WordPress.com bloggers
who were using the audio command as an easy way for internet radio streaming.
 

A quiet surprise in two ways:

Instead of showing the player symbol and streaming enjoyable music into the air, on a single click
the audio command is producing a very meaningful and very silent function since that day:
(Yes – this line below really is displayed with the new audio command)
http://scfire-dtc-aa05.stream.aol.com/stream/1032

Silence also from WordPress side concerning the new feature of the audio command.
I didn’t see any warning, that the streaming capability would be changed, before that day.
(Well from some explanations on http://en.support.wordpress.com/audio/ you could derive
that you might need an upgrade to keep the previous functionality).
 

It’s a pity !

 
 


Workaround

Here is some workaround, which is not too complicated – but still a functional streaming player
(e.g. Winamp) on the visitor’s PC is required.
 

Setting pure links to the streams (as in example below), has the disadvantage, that the visitors of your blog
will be transferred from your site to the site with the radio stream – and actively have to go back

Groove Salad on SomaFM

Chillout with Groove Salad on SomaFM, commercial-free, independent, alternative/undeground internet radio

Also – Java Script has to be enabled, to invoke the streaming player (e.g. Winamp) automatically.
(And everybody knows, how critical Java Script may be for infection from malicious code)

 

The direct start of the streaming player – without being moved to the streaming site – and without Java Script –
is working, if you substitute the original linking code

http://somafm.com/play/groovesalad

with that one

http://somafm.com/startstream=groovesalad.pls

If you make a copy of the audio player symbol or create your own symbol and add this as image,
you will get nearly the original look and feel:

Chillout with Groove Salad on SomaFM, commercial-free, independent, alternative/undeground internet radio

 
To be fair, you also should always set a link to the streaming site.
 
 
So – even as one of the WordPress gems may not shine as bright as before –
the situation is not too bad after all:

Though your visitors need a working streaming player (e.g. Winamp) now – they do not need
Flash and Java Script any more – and the music doesn’t stop, when they change the page.
 
 

Download ==> Winamp

 

P.S.
Alternative solutions are welcome (as comments or links).

1 Comment »

  1. […] just from the play button on the tour pages, but of course, you can play your own favorite music. (Due to changes in the audio command by wordpress – always start the music first – and choose the tour afterwards. Otherwise the start of […]

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