HTML5 Audio not working for Android

I am creating a page with an embedded audio player that works on all systems I have tested, except on Android. The players do appear on the page, but you cannot start them playing. I’ve tried both the <audio> tag and SoundManager 2, checked whether the device does normally play mp3 files with HTML5 Audio … Read more

Apache doesn’t send me an MP3 header even when I use a direct address to the file

Apache doesn’t send me an MP3 header even when using a direct address to the file. It means I can play it with Flash audio players on my web pages, but when I tried to download from the direct address on my server I got: Error 101 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_RESET): The connection was reset Or it sometimes … Read more

Manage MP3 ID3 tags server-side

I’m looking for a script / software to edit and keep track of a remote mp3 storage. Especially I want to edit ID3-Tags.. Any ideas? Does such a manager software exist? Answer the id3v2 program is a powerful command-line tool to edit id3 tags. MusicBrainz picard is a GUI tool that can also lookup a … Read more

How can I transcode a FLV video directly to mp3 on CentOS?

Okay so i have this idea for a weekend project where I want to transcode flv/mp4 streams directly into mp3 format. How can I easily do that via PHP/Apache on a CentOS Server? (hopefully not as CPU intensive as FFMPEG) Any idea’s are appreciated! 🙂 Answer Firstly, ffmpeg is the tool of choice for this. … Read more

What kind of server is used by sites like Pandora or Last.fm to serve media files?

What kind of server is used by sites like Pandora or Last.fm to serve media files? I am assuming they would have something other than webserver for storing and serving media files… what are some of the scalable solutions.. Answer Pandora uses Apache: HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 22:51:22 GMT Server: Apache … Read more

serving mp3s to mobile devices is flooding nginx with partial requests

I am serving mp3s with a minimalistic nginx server. What I see in my log files is that there are a lot of requests, in particular from AppleCoreMedia and sometimes Android useragents, that flood the server with short requests. Sometimes they keep requesting to download the same partial content for a very long time; sometimes … Read more

Apache returns 206 for some MP3’s

We’re trying to serve MP3 files from web1.cowbird.com. Most of the time everything works fine. However, sometimes there’s a file that the browser is unable to play, and I have no idea why. Here is an example: http://web1.cowbird.com/items/stories/2012/11/04/05/18/47222/1_5095f977b4f532.99916135-original.mp3 If you wget or curl the file, it works fine. But trying to pull it up in … Read more

How do you deal with mp3, avi etc on server storage?

Do you have a “delete first ask questions later” policy for music and movie files? Or are you more lenient? Just wondering if there’s a difference between how large and small organizations deal with the issue. Answer What you’re describing isn’t a technical problem– it’s a management / policy problem. Small organizations often have no … Read more

What lightweight solution can you recommend to stream MP3 files?

I need to stream MP3 files to a client running Flash. Streaming is the key here, no progressive downloads allowed. What free server can you recommend? I know Red5 but it seems a bit overkill for our needs (basic MP3 streaming). Anything more lightweight? Our Webserver runs Linux and Apache and we can install stuff … Read more

How to convert the files in an audio playlist to one large audio file?

I have created an audio playlist file (m3u) from a list of around 40 mp3s. I need to be able to combine/join these files into one large audio file (mp3 or wav) that maintains the order that they are in in the playlist file. Is there software – command line or gui – that can … Read more