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i'm not very familiar with streaming audio so your help is very appreciated. i have a potential client that wants to add audio to their site where users can choose to play different songs while they browse the web site. say five channels and a few songs on each channel. like an online radio console.
anyone have any experience with this type of stuff?
Another way (and it's a way I've used) is to build a little console like interface, and have the buttons linking to the streaming media. In my case I used the Real Player .ram and .rm format. It worked fine. The user clicked his/her preference, and if they clicked a different channel it just loaded up that files.
If I remember correctly.....
create your RM file and place it on the server.
Then, create a simple file with one line: the complete http:// path to the RM file.
call this file xxx.RAM
have your user link to the RAM file.
your sound file is called mysong.rm in directory songs
create a file with one line:
call this file mysong.RAM
That's all you need to do.
smil files can configure realplayer to do all sorts of the things. I used to use them for webcasts to have different feeds in different portions of the realplayer. They were all synced so you could watch the slides while people were speaking.
For some of the archived webcasts we had links in the player to play different portions of the presentation.
I think you may even be able to embed them. I think the flash jukebox would be the best though. You could embed it into the page or menu and not spawn an external player.