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unseenbattle Volunteer moderator says

Hey guys.

I really wanted people to be able to listen to my previews using an iPad (or other iOS device), but, as I’m sure you’re all very aware, the previews here are in Flash and well… yada yada.

Then I noticed that on my Mac if you hit this little jewel of a button (unfortunately embedded into the Flash file so the iOS people do not see it) it opens to a new window playing the file in the default quicktime player in Safari.

So, I created a graphic and inserted the code in each of my items to point to this url like so. You can go look at any of my items for an example, but here’s an image to show you what I mean.

Feel free to take the image, but please don’t link to it from my website. The code to implement this is…

<a href="URL_TO_YOUR_PREVIEW_FILE"><img src="URL_TO_THE_IMAGE" /></a>

I hope that adds some more value to the Jungle and my fellow authors. -John :)

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urbazon says

that’s a cool contribution! thanks! ;)

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scottwills Staff says

That’s a really nifty solution, thanks for sharing, John! :)

We will of course be addressing some of the shortcomings of the Flash audio player at some point in the future in light of the pervasiveness of mobile technology and the inability of displaying Flash objects particularly on Apple devices.

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robGD Volunteer moderator says

As nifty as the player is and looks, I can’t really see an advantage to it over just a piece of embed code that links to the mp3. I know the marketplaces were built on flash, and I even understand based on that fact why AJ would have a flash player, but I don’t see the need for the middleware. The only reason I could see to have a player is to hide and protect the source file, and that isn’t the case here. I noticed the button that sends the user to the mp3 file, but it’s like asking someone to send you an email request to start a trouble ticket because their email isn’t working. ;)

How about letting the user decide by giving them a choice and storing it in a cookie? Would you prefer to use HTML or Flash to preview audio files here? I don’t think it would be hard to set up a conditional statement to check. Then a redirect to load another player if flash isn’t present. One could put an iFrame there and it could reload/redirect inside the frame and the user can be oblivious to the adjustments. When you open an mp3 inside of mobile safari it opens quicktime and plays it. The same thing would happen inside the frame, still allowing the buyer to read the description and listen, without interruption.

And BTW , I am not knocking the player in use. It’s visually attractive and functional. I think it might be the nicest looking player I’ve seen yet. Everything else works on iOS so that would really open up sales for mobile users.

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robGD Volunteer moderator says
The same thing would happen inside the frame, still allowing the buyer to read the description and listen, without interruption.

I’m quoting myself. Weird. Anyway, I was wrong on that. The quicktime player goes full screen while playing the file on my phone. Scratch that statement.

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unseenbattle Volunteer moderator says
The same thing would happen inside the frame, still allowing the buyer to read the description and listen, without interruption.
I’m quoting myself. Weird. Anyway, I was wrong on that. The quicktime player goes full screen while playing the file on my phone. Scratch that statement.

Actually, a REALLY EASY (though not as high-tech as your suggestion, which I like by the way) would be to just make a link out of the little magic button there in the flash file and put it under the player like so…

That way any iOS user could just click that and it would do the same as what I’ve suggested here.

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Sonicbyte says
The same thing would happen inside the frame, still allowing the buyer to read the description and listen, without interruption.
I’m quoting myself. Weird. Anyway, I was wrong on that. The quicktime player goes full screen while playing the file on my phone. Scratch that statement.

Actually, a REALLY EASY (though not as high-tech as your suggestion, which I like by the way) would be to just make a link out of the little magic button there in the flash file and put it under the player like so…

That way any iOS user could just click that and it would do the same as what I’ve suggested here.

+ 1 I like :)

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OhmLab says

Simple = Good. Great idea unseenbattle. Everyone wins, and it’s something that could be implemented without any major undertakings!

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unseenbattle Volunteer moderator says
Simple = Good. Great idea unseenbattle. Everyone wins, and it’s something that could be implemented without any major undertakings!

@OhmLab – Simple = Good, agreed. For me sometimes keeping it simple (and good) is more difficult than the more complicated things, but I digress.

:)

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