Update, March 16, 2015: Bumping this post to the top here, as I implement the Pro version of this player in another site and learn more about it. So far it works great. More on this soon!



HTML5 jQuery Audio Player, where have you been my whole music blogging life? Maeve Lander at Enigmaweb in Perth, Australia has created a plugin by which audio playlists can be easily created and managed in WordPress. It apparently works in all browsers including mobile devices, which is like, the Holy Grail. Anyone who has messed with the dearly departed Yahoo Media Player or tried to implement players that require more advanced geek skills to set up, will be very happy to see this. HTML5 Player has an attractive, easily customizable front end, and a smart, clean backend/admin area. They seem to have thought of everything for the musician and/or music blogger to get on with publishing instead of messing with code all day. Right now what you see above is the free version. I’ll update to the Pro version soon. It’s reasonably priced and adds some essential features. More on that later. I’ll flesh this post out as I try a few things. About the music in this player demo/test: it’s all stuff I have recorded with various bands over the years. That’s the original recording of Not From Here, recorded by Stiff Richards in around ’96. We later re-cut that song with The Uptones for the “Skankin’ Foolz Unite!” CD. That’s followed by The Fashion Slaves cover of Psychotic Reaction, then Fell In And Out Of Art by Stiff Richards and Radiation Boy by The Uptones. I’ve been meaning to make a playlist of songs that feature my lead guitar work, and I think I’ve just found the right tool to do it! So this doubles as a start on that as well. More later, hope you enjoy.

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