I read all sorts of complaints about the Music player on Ning networks, so I ran across something which may be interesting to you if you have been looking for an alternative way to display and play music on your network.
NOTE: This may require you to create a soundcloud channel and import the music from your site, but it looks clean and works awesome!
First let me make it clear that I do not have the music feature on my network, this is just in response to so many complaints about the Ning music player. It is quite apparent from the feedback I read on this network that Ning might be dropping the ball (and a hand full of cash) by not keeping their music player in sync with technology and current web standards. With a better music player, Ning would shut the entire game down.
Stratus, a free-to-use and jQuery-powered widget, offers an alternative and tight integration with a player that can sit in the bottom or top of web pages.
The widget accepts any number of tracks, sets, users or groups to play, can be set to auto-play and has an optional animation on initial load.
There are controls for volume, sharing, commenting/favoriting and a pop-up player link exists so that users changing pages won’t lose the tracks.
Besides mentioning the tracks/sets as a list, adding a custom class to any SoundCloud link also works (handy for websites with lots of SoundCloud links) and the player can be skinned with CSS.
Installation Looks Simple Enough:
followed by this plugin:
You can customize Stratus by passing the appropriate options to the
For example, the code below will cause the player to auto play a random QOTSA track and hide the download button.
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Very nice. I'd be curious to hear if others have tried this or end up trying it. Would love to know what people think.
Im gonna test run for this for you Jay! Thanks for posting bro
thanks bro..lemme know how it turns out!
You got it! Im trying to implement this trick maybe you can help me out http://creators.ning.com/xn/detail/4244211:Topic:1184300?xg_source=... I want to use it for the music and video player. I am going to try your code now, but have you implemented this 2 tab setup on LSU?
Tried it out but nothing is showing up, I added all the appropriate code in the order listed above, heres whats in my custom code box:
I tried it too and got nothing. I think we may have the script correct but dont we need some other piece of code to actually call the script?
LloydT and Armani,
Answering this due to a private email. I don't know much about this. But, I tried adding JFarrow's base code to my test site. It worked beautifully, loads the player at bottom of site to far left. HOWEVER, for me, it covers my chatbar completely. I added a little CSS to take care of that issue. Add all to your Custom Code Box.
Great Script Jen! You've done it again :D It works nicely and I see what you meant by covering up the chat, this may work for me as I have my chat discretely hidden in the Jquery tabs on the home page so this may actually do the trick! As you know im in the process of remodeling my entire network so I want to have things uniquely placed so that everything is accessible as well as functional, with your new script that soundcloud player is now functional! Thanks again Jen, you're awesome! See it live here!
OMG! Seriously I knew you were the one to go to for help...you're awesome!!!
Jay, you are the man brother! I miss our hangouts already hahahahahaha! I added the soundcloud player using the code Jen provided, she tweaked your a bit to get it to work so its awesome and I have a great idea for using it on Well Kunnected that i'll share with you later seeing as the player is set to play on whats loaded in the soundcloud player URL so this is perfect for what i want to accomplish next! Hit me up on WK when you're free brother
just got into Tampa..i'll hit you back soon bro!
One more tiny question: How can I move this bar to the top of the page?