HTML5 Audio Tag Test
We in pubradio web-publishing may be ready for a switch to HTML5 audio. The standard is now supported by the big four browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
All their latest versions come with a built-in audio player. All but Firefox* can play MP3s.
Transom uses a Flash player, with HTML5 audio fallback for iOS devices like iPad/iPhone. But it might be time to reverse that and default to HTML5 with a Flash fallback for Firefox and older browsers. That’s the route PRX took in their new embeddable player.
Web-Browsers: HTML5 Audio Awareness
|Internet Explorer 9 and 10 beta:
|Firefox 10 (Win):
||Firefox 10 (Mac):
|Chrome 17 (Win):
||Chrome 17 (Mac):
* To use an MP3 audio codec, browser manufacturers must pay a fee to the MP3 patent holder. Mozilla, the non-profit that makes Firefox, prefers a royalty-free web, so has not licensed MP3, but does support the free, open-standard Ogg format.