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Embed an MP3 Player on Your Blog the EASY Way!


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Adding MP3s to Your Blog or Website Couldn’t Be Easier!

After helping a friend install an MP3 player on her website I have learned it’s not as easy as it looks… or is it?

I’m sure you have all seen them. Those cool embedded flash MP3 players that people have on their blogs and myspace pages. I thought that adding one of these to a website or blog would be a piece of cake based on all the embedded code and widgets for blogs out there.

Well starting out not knowing much about where to look I came to realize this was actually much harder than it looks. I messed around with different WordPress Widgets and code I could embed on a site with no luck.

All the plugins were to complicated to use, or they didn’t work properly, They all used of hand made xml, or xspf playlists and required the user to know a fair amount of code to get them installed properly.

My Flash Fetish - Embedded MP3 Flash Players for Websites and BlogsThen I stumbled across a great option which provides a really easy way for users to create your own embedded Flash MP3 player for your website. You can easily do this by using a free tool provided by My Flash Fetish .com, that allows users to create and customize your own flash MP3 player and playlist for use with your blog, myspace, website, etc.

First go to www.myflashfetish.com. To create an embedded player you will need to signup for a free account so you can save your playlist of music. Once you are signed up, click on the “MP3 Playlist” tab in red. This will give you a choice of what you want your player to look like.

Select a player, and it will take you to a screen where you can customize the players options. On the left hand side you have options for Colors, Styles, Skins and Settings. These are pretty self explanatory, and let you customize the look of your player even further.

Some players have “Styles” that allow you to add animated effects to your player which can look pretty cool.

Once you have the look and feel setup use the “MP3 Search” box to the right to find songs for your playlist. My Flash Fetish seems to access a ton of different media networks for their music which gives you almost unlimited options for choosing your songs.

I have setup 25 different songs and genres in the example player above to give people an idea of just how varied the music choices are through the search feature.

Once you have setup a playlist of custom songs you can enter a name for your playlist in the box below and click the green button to save your settings for the mp3 player along with your song playlist.

(Also note the options for shuffle and autoplay near this box, as this can offer specific functionality for how you want your player to work.)

Embed Code for MP3 Flash Player on Your Website or BlogOnce you have saved your player you will be taken to screen that shows you the code. There is a copy button near the code on the left hand side that will copy the code you need to add to your site.

Once you have copied the code, paste it into any HTML compatible social network or profile to show off your new MP3 player. For those who are familiar with HTML code you can edit the copied code to strip out some of the unwanted links that appear below your player.

There you have it! You now have a fully functional, really nice MP3 player for your website or blog. Now you can show off your great tastes in music to all of your friends.



File Sharing Using Google – Intitle:”index.of” Searches

Download MP3s, Movies, and More with Custom Google Searches

Google intitle:Lately a lot of people have been asking me what programs I use to download movies, mp3s and anything else I am looking for online. It’s always fun to see the look on their faces when I tell them “Google”.

The way I do this is by using specialized search commands that look for specific file types, and strip unwanted results out of your search. Because Google is such a powerful search engine it spiders many directories and parts of severs that people are not even aware of. Because of this you can find almost anything you are looking for online if you know how to search Google for it.

The basic command that you use is:

intitle:”index.of”

(IMPORTANT: Make sure the “I” in “intitle” is LOWERCASE. This can make a big difference in how successful your search results are. Try it both ways to see what I mean.)

This commend specifies two very important things in a search. The “intitle” command specifies that we are looking for results with a certain variable in the title. In this case that variable is “index.of”. So what we are telling Google is that we are looking for pages with “index.of” in the title which is commonly used in directories on severs.

Now let’s look at some arguments that can be used with the search. Say we want to find mp3s or movies, we would specify the types of files we are looking for in our search results.

intitle:”index.of” (mp3)

intitle:”index.of” (wmv|avi|mpg)

Now if you wanted to get even more specific you could specify the title of the song or movie you are looking for. This is really useful when you are looking for something specific. You can type the name several ways to vary results.

intitle:”index.of” (mp3) in the mood

intitle:”index.of” (mpg|avi|wmv) “movie.trailers”

Keep in mind that you can change the search results by just typing search related terms as you normally would, putting your terms in quotes for a specific phrase, and by putting a period or space in between terms. All variations will give you slightly different results so have fun and experiement. (For more information on this checkout the Google Search Operators link below.)

Another thing to keep in mind is the that file types we are searching for in our examples are just random ones I pulled of the top of my head. You can search for any type of file you like using this command. One time I was fixing a customer’s computer and needed a missing system file so I did a search for:

intitle:”index.of” (sys) nvatabus

So you see how this can change up the search to return a lot of interesting results.

One thing you probably noticed in a lot of your search results was that you were getting unwanted pages and links. Keep in mind you can always filter out specific things in searches to bring back more specific results. For example:

intitle:”index.of” (mp3|mp4|wmv) “classic rock” -htm -html -asp -php -country -classical

In the search above I am specifying that I am looking for music files with the extension mp3, mp4, or wmv. I am also trying to find music files in the “classic rock” genre. The arguments used after that specify that I do not want my search results to contain any common webpage files like html, or php since we are looking specifically for directory results. I also specified that I did not want search results with the words “country” or “classical” in them.

Another helpful hint is to use the find (CTRL+F) function in directories to help quickly find the file you were searching for.

So from looking at the examples I have provided above you should have a good idea of how this works. The best way to learn how to make the most out of these types of searches is by trying different variations to see what works best for you.

I really like using this technique to find music because sometimes I stumble across a server where someone has very similar tastes in music to me. In those cases I usually check what else is available in the directory by using the “Parent Directory” link at the top to explore other folders in that directory.

For great ideas on how to change the variables in your search checkout more information on Google Search Operators.

So now that you have a good understanding of how this type of search works you should now be able to start using Google as a substitute for your favorite file sharing program. Thanks for checking out Custom PC Blog.



Sales Guy vs. Web Dude – Computer Support

Something Scary for Halloween! End-User Support!

Hey guys. I just wanted to do something a little different and fun for Halloween. I wanted to show a video that highlights the very scary side of computers and technology and that is… providing support to end users. ;) I’m sure we have all been here at least once.



Internet Users are Getting Smarter

Study Links Brain Activity to Web Surfing

Web Surfing Makes You SmarterThere was theory put forth by Nicholas Carr several months ago that tried to assert that people using Google were actually becoming dumber because they no longer read actual information or “books” and merely “skimmed” through information for answers.

Well the BBC has recently published findings that were gathered from an actual scientific study that not only contradicted this claim, but showed that users who were actively Googling had a higher amount of activity in the brain in regions that controlled decision making and complex reasoning.

Now this is something that many internet users already assumed, but the latest results of the study conducted by University of California Los Angeles showed substantial increases in brain activity with experienced web users while searching, as opposed to just reading a book.

The study suggests that the multitude of options presented in search results may be attributed to the increase in brain activity as it forces users to make choices in order to find the most relevant information in searches.

It is very promising to see how emerging technologies are offering a physiological benefit to those who are utilizing them. We have already been seeing findings like this released with gaming systems like the Nintendo DS which doctors have been recommending to older patients and those with head related injuries to help stimulate the mind.

For more information on the latest findings checkout the full article here on BBC News.




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