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Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson is a social software consultant and writer who specialises in the use of blogs and wikis behind the firewall. With a background in journalism, publishing and web design, Suw is now one of the UK’s best known bloggers, frequently speaking at conferences and seminars.

Her personal blog is Chocolate and Vodka, and yes, she’s married to Kevin.

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson is a freelance journalist and digital strategist with more than a decade of experience with the BBC and the Guardian. He has been a digital journalist since 1996 with experience in radio, television, print and the web. As a journalist, he uses blogs, social networks, Web 2.0 tools and mobile technology to break news, to engage with audiences and tell the story behind the headlines in multiple media and on multiple platforms.

From 2009-2010, he was the digital research editor at The Guardian where he focused on evaluating and adapting digital innovations to support The Guardian’s world-class journalism. He joined The Guardian in September 2006 as their first blogs editor after 8 years with the BBC working across the web, television and radio. He joined the BBC in 1998 to become their first online journalist outside of the UK, working as the Washington correspondent for BBCNews.com.

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Friday, March 4th, 2005

Streaming mp3s

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

Thanks to Jascha, I can now give you the LSE debate as a stream, rather than just a download. It’s amazingly easy to achieve this:

1. Copy the full URI to the mp3 file, e.g. http://uri.com/an_audio_file.mp3 (ensure there are no spaces in the URI as that seems to stuff things up)
2. Paste the URI into a text document
3. Save the text document as an_audio_file.mp3.m3u
4. Upload the .m3u file
5. Link to the .m3u file in your post
6. Users clicking the link will then be able to listen to the file as a stream, instead of having to download it

Of course, all this kerfuffle with podcasting/streaming this LSE debate recording might lead you to believe that there’s something really wonderful about it that makes it terribly important to have disseminated across the web. That’s not really true. It’s more proof of concept for me, because soon I hope to do some more audio stuff and this happens to have been the first time I’ve ever tried to podcast/stream on Strange Attractor. So sorry if you end up listening to it and think “I went through all that for this?”

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2 Responses to “Streaming mp3s”

  1. Markus Sandy Says:

    Hi. I just wanted to let you know that I happen to be dealing with some similar streaming issues today and that your notes are very timely and helpful. Thanks.

  2. Kevin Marks Says:

    Actually this is just a workaround for client behaviour. Any client should be able to stream or fast-start any HTTP-accessible mp3 file, but due to historic cluelessness this has not been done.