LIVE DEMONSTRATION! (Not a simulation.)
Step 1: Select Audio InfoThis is where you tell the player what to play and how to play it.
“URL to MP3 file:” — That’s the box in which you enter (or paste) the URL of the MP3 file you want to stream. This can be any MP3 file you’ve already uploaded to your server.
“URL” is simply the “address” of the file.
As a sample, you can use the URL of the MP3 file you probably already heard on the previous page:
Note: If you "copy & paste" this URL, be sure not to leave any empty spaces at the end when you paste it into the box at the top of the page.
For this demonstration, go ahead and use the URL above....Or enter the complete URL of any MP3 file that’s already on any server. (Be sure to include the "http://" portion of the URL.)
Note: URL’s are “case sensitive.” So if you enter the URL of a different MP3 file, make sure you use the exact capitalization of the “address” you’re entering.
See that button to the right of the box, labeled “Load MP3” ? You don’t use that to select the original MP3 file. Instead, once you’ve entered the URL of an MP3 file, clicking on “Load MP3” instantly loads that file into AudioRazor.
Go ahead, click on it. Then click the “play” button on the player at the upper right. (It doesn’t actually say “play,” but I’m sure you know what a “play” button looks like, right?)
Voila! You’re now streaming audio!
(Yes, it’s that easy.)
But you can do some other cool things before you create the HTML code to upload to your site. Let’s look at each of them....
“Cloak MP3 URL” — If you click on that box, AudioRazor will generate an encrypted code that makes it more difficult for people to download your audio (rather than just listen to it on your website). For most people, it’s not necessary. But if you’re concerned about someone taking your audio and using it elsewhere (for example, if you’re a musician who wants your music to stream only on your own Web page), this is very handy.
This is primarily intended to help cut down on misuse of your data.
“Start playing when page loads” — If you click this box, then the audio will begin playing as soon as someone lands on your page. (Yes, it’s that easy.) Personally, in most cases I recommend you don’t have it play automatically. Some people (like me) prefer to read first and listen to the audio when they want to. But you do have the option. Even if you do check this box, the player still will be displayed, so your visitor can pause it, replay it, etc.
Wait, you should try this now: Unless you’ve already jumped ahead and played around with the settings (not surprising; it’s so easy to use), if you look underneath the player (upper right of this page), you’ll see the words “Make Your Sites Talk Today!” Click on those words now and see what happens — remembering to hit your browser’s “back button” afterward, to bring you back to this page.)
Pretty cool, huh?
Here’s how you can create your own text and your own text link....
“Use Branded Text” — This is a very cool feature! If you check the “Use Branded Text” button, you can insert whatever text you choose. And you have the option of making that text an active link to any Web page you choose.
Go ahead — try it now. You see the box labeled “Text” ? Replace “Make Your Sites Talk Today!” with any text you choose. Notice how as you type, your words instantly appear underneath the player. You can use this feature to title your audio, add a caption...Whatever you want. (Yes, it’s that easy.)
Now, you see the box immediately below it, labeled “URL:” ? If you like, you can replace “http://www.google.com” with a link to any page. (Be sure to include “http://” — as in “http://www.google.com”.)
This is an optional feature. You don’t have to use it all. Or you could use just the “Text” portion. Or you could add a link, instantly.
How might you use this?
You might add a link to your “Contact” page. Or to your rate card. Or to your bio. Or to a “feedback” page. Anywhere you want, as long as it has a URL.
A radio station could stream an interview with an author or singer...and the Branded Text could be an Amazon.com "affiliate" link to purchase the book or CD. Or a blogger could offer an audio review of a book...with an "affiliate" link for people to order it.
Think of it! You add an exciting new tool that makes your site more enjoyable to your visitors...and you make money from it!
If you don’t want to use branded text beneath the player, simply check the button, clear the text, and uncheck the button. If you want to use branded text but without linking it to anything, just clear the “URL:” field.
Step 2: Select StyleIf you want to select a particular color (perhaps to match your Web page’s design), click on the box that says “Use Custom Color.” I won’t insult your intelligence by explaining how to use those three sliders to create your color. (Yes, it’s that easy.)
Step 3: Preview PlayerEach change you make will appear in the preview window. When you’ve got it looking the way you want, click on the “Play” button (if you haven’t already tested it) to make sure the URL is correct. If it starts playing the file, you’re ready to go!
Step 4: Get HTMLClick where it says “Generate Code.” Voila! You’ve got HTML.
Now click inside the window where the code magically appeared and highlight it all.
Copy it to your clipboard, and then paste it into the page you want the player to appear.
Note: Just put the code wherever you want the player to be displayed. You don’t have to add anything to the headers of the file to make this work.
Upload the page to your site.
Yes, it’s that easy!
(Note: When you do it the very first time, you’ll also need to upload to your site a small file that’s included with your package.)
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