Good luck with your site - good to see initiative in action.
SOS developed a Flash-based MP3 Player for our anniversary DVDs and we adopted it for
website audio playback since then. You can hear/see the streaming Player in action (at the
top) on this unlocked old Mix Rescue article:http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug06/articles/mixrescue2_0806.htm
We came to the same conclusions about unreliability of QT and WMP and given
Flash's prevalence for adverts, it is widely available should anyone NOT have it already
installed in their computer.
Do you drive your Player with an XML playlist?
One tip we just discovered on this month's Mix Rescue, was that MP3 audio files
employed within Flash objects need to have a sample rate that's a multiple of 11.025
(11.025 kHz 22.050 kHz or 44.100 kHz) before
you convert it down to MP3.
If you direct link to MP3s in HTML pages, it cares not a jot about the original sample
rate as Quicktime and Windows will simply play them and they sound correctly pitched.
However, if you encode your MP3s from, say, a 48kHz mix within your DAW (like we did in
Logic Pro this month) then Flash SWF players will NOT replay them at the correct pitch,
and the 48kHz sourced-MP3 will play back slower
than it should do, since Flash is
limited to 44.1kHz maximum sample rate we discovered this week.
This only came to light when
SOS Gear Videos now screening on www.SoundOnSound.tv