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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