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    AAC Plus Web Player

    Hello BW Members!

    Would anyone happen to know where I can find an AAC plus web player for my website? My stream provider only uses a flash player which does not support AAC, but only MP3. Any solutions would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    How much easier things would be if there was more universal codec support across the various browsers. Then you could just use html5 like this:

    <audio>
    <source src="http://mystation:8000/stream.aac" type='audio/mp4; codecs="mp4a.40.5"'>
    <source src="http://mystation:8000/stream.mp3" type='audio/mpeg; codecs="mp3"'>
    <!-- add your fallback solution here -->
    </audio>

    In that setup, the users browser should try to play the audio using the first source option. If that fails, it will proceed to the next source option. Each browser seems to support only certain codecs and the aac stream will only work in Explorer and Safari browsers currently it seems.

    jPlayer seems to be a pretty good option though: http://www.jplayer.org/

    Outside of that, there is the JW Player http://www.longtailvideo.com/jw-player/
    I have heard some people use it for aac streams also.
    Last edited by PapaBearPW; 03-04-2013 at 07:55 PM.

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    Thanks for the info PapaBear! I'll definitely have a look at those options.

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    We have a FLASH player that works with AAC+:

    http://www.shoutcaststreaming.us/flash_new.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaBearPW View Post
    jPlayer seems to be a pretty good option though: http://www.jplayer.org/
    jPlayer does not support AAC+ streams OR Shoutcast2 FULLY unfortunately (If browser doesnt support HTML5, it goes back to Flash, which doesnt support neither). I am trying to get it to work though, I use jPlayer as the backend for the BW media player on station pages.

    Quote Originally Posted by PapaBearPW View Post
    Outside of that, there is the JW Player http://www.longtailvideo.com/jw-player/
    I have heard some people use it for aac streams also.
    Confirmed that JW Player doesnt work with AAC+. They are apparently working on it though.

    It sucks, this kind of technology could be easy to implement, but we just need someone with the know-how who will make it open to use by the public. It has been 4 years waiting, but nobody will do it....

    Quote Originally Posted by shoutcaststreaming View Post
    We have a FLASH player that works with AAC+:

    http://www.shoutcaststreaming.us/flash_new.html
    ...apart from a select few streaming providers ;) (kudos!)

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    Thanks for all the great responses! I'll definitely take ShoutCastStreaming's into consideration. I also came across StreamS HiFi Radio who also offers an AAC+ web player.

    Hopefully more people will help develop new technology that will work with AAC streams. MP3 is good but the quality of an AAC stream is phenomenal.
    Last edited by Mad Dog Radio Live; 03-05-2013 at 12:51 AM. Reason: Error

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    Sorry about those. I didn't realize they wouldn't play aac as they seemed to imply they would. Since this is an area of interest to me and I haven't looked into it in a while, I'm going to do some more research and testing myself this week to see what else I can come up with.

    HTML5 audio is what will eventually take over for this anyway IMHO. Just a matter of time.

    IE9, Chrome and Safari all claim to support HTML5 audio for both mp3 and aac. Word is that Firefox v21 is supposed to include support for mp3 and aac as well (although only in Windows versions).

    Firefox (since v15) and Chrome (v25) are said to even support Opus!

    So, yeah, lots and lots of testing for me this week.

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    How much easier things would be if there was more universal codec support across the various browsers.
    So true PapaBearPW. I thought HTML 5 was going to be the holy grail. Maybe in time. Going to install IE 10 now that it's out to see what it supports in HTML 5 CSS3
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    Vanlen,

    Sadly, even if all the major browsers suddenly began to fully support all codecs.....it would probably still take years before enough users out there upgraded their dang browsers and we wouldn't have to worry about this anymore. I cringe at the fact that there are still folks out there running IE6...

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    The only thing I do not like:

    Listeners have to install a plugin to their browser in order to listen to the AAC+ stream. This I do not like. It would be a better if it was just like a regular MP3 stream. Just click and play.

    I'm still on the lookout. If anyone finds anything, please let me know.

    Once again, thanks for all the great replies! Very much appreciated.

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