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Chapter 13. Advanced Presentation > Embedding Streaming Audio in Your Web Page

Embedding Streaming Audio in Your Web Page

You can “embed” your streaming audio so that it automatically plays from within your Web page rather than from a separately launched player. One advantage to embedding is a shorter amount of time between the moment a listener clicks on your streaming audio’s link or icon and when the audio begins to play. Another advantage is design flexibility. Images and text that you design to fit with your site’s visual aesthetic can surround files embedded in your Web page. You can also configure your stream to play as soon as the page loads (although a buffering delay will still be present). The embedding process is accomplished using either of these two architectures: a Netscape plug-in or Microsoft’s ActiveX.

Embedding your streaming audio is not all wine, roses, and Belgian chocolate. Embedding audio in a Web page increases the time it takes for that page to load. This is because accessing your Web page now also includes loading a player application. Using browser plug-in architecture also makes that browser less stable than accessing that streaming audio from an external player. This instability typically has the browser’s plug-in architecture to blame. Although a poorly programmed plug-in can crash in a perfect architecture, an unstable architecture makes it impossible to provide a perfect embedded experience. Both Microsoft’s ActiveX and Netscape’s plug-in architectures are widely known to be prone to problems.


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