Okay folks.. I know some people like to have embedded audio in their blogs that plays whenever anybody open the page, but please, take my advice and DON’T DO IT!! There are many reasons why you should not embed audio (or video for that matter) on your blog that auto plays without user intervention, however I’m only going to mention the two most important!
1. It makes the page take longer to load in. BE, users should especially be aware of this as it can push the loading time beyond the 30 seconds that users are obliged to stay before getting a credit. You then lose the opportunity to get a “real” regular visitor, as most people are like me, and simply won’t hang around that long waiting for a page to load.
2. It’s damn annoying! When I’m online I’m either listening to the radio, mp3’s, podcast’s or other streaming media. I don’t need or want your cheesey midi file interrupting what I’m listening to.
If you want to put media on your site, fine, but put it in a link so I can turn it on if I choose to. If it’s not done like that I’ll just whack the escape key which will turn it off anyway, so all you’ll have achieved is to annoy users and make them less likely to return to your site.
There are probably a hundred good sites out there that I don’t visit, because I never gave them the opportunity to show how good they are! Why? Because they take too long to load in, and play cheesy music that I can’t control. In this age of broadband, it naive of you to think that anybody would want to listen to cheesy midi music on a site, or low bit rate mp3’s, when they’re probably already listening to something on Shoutcast.
As, for the rest of the people who may visit your site that haven’t yet made it into the broadband era and are still stuck with dial-up access, all your doing is making your site take way to long to load for them to ever want to come back.
It’s simple, embed media files in your site if you want, but if they auto play, and load in before I decide I want to listen to it or watch it, then people like me probably won’t be coming back to your site.