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7:27 pm on Nov 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am trying to give my visitors the ability to listen to samples of songs before they buy. It was suggested I go with flash. I am now seeing that flash may not play MP3's correctly. The player I am presently using works great for DSL but not for dial up users. Can anyone recommend some way I can let my visitors listen to samples of sonjgs before they buy. I am trying to set it up as easy as possible so they dont have to download any programs or plugins every thing is done right from the server. Most songs range 800 to 900kbs. Also what is the best way to compress the samples for faster loading.
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We usually give our visitors 3 choices for each sample: wmv, quicktime and mp3.. I think you will cover in excess of 95% of eveybody with those
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thanks travlin cat, can u go into further detail on how to setup the other two other than the mp3 its a great idea though
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Do you mean how to convert them or how to embed them on a page?
11:09 pm on Nov 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a program to convert them i think i just neet to know how ti embeb them and the file formats
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If you want to embed them on a page, use these:

WMV -
<object codebase="http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab" height="" width="">
<param name="src" value="nameofvideo.wmv">
<param name="autoplay" value="true">
<param name="controller" value="false">
<embed height="" pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/" src="nameofvideo.wmv" type="video/x-msvideo" width="" controller="false" autoplay="true">
</object>

Quicktime-
<object codebase="http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab" height="" width="">
<param name="src" value="nameofvideo.mov">
<param name="autoplay" value="true">
<param name="controller" value="false">
<embed height="" pluginspage="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/" src="nameofmovie.mov" type="video/quicktime" width="" controller="false" autoplay="true">
</object>

Don't forget to add your height, width and name variables...

6:24 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Travlin_cat will this embed also work for audio, and what file formates do u use for audio MP3, wav, or some other kinds
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Kysmiley, this will work for pretty much any video and audio... do a search for MIME type to find out which ones to use for each case...