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  1. I too have the new audio player appearance problem. The "new" player goes right across each post, and over any right aligned picture I have in each post. Not good. Help. My theme is a customized Superhero theme.

    The blog I need help with is songsofhope883.com.

  2. Me too.
    And the "Customizing the Audio Player" is imposible now:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/audio/#customizing-the-audio-player

  3. wordsdivinelywrought
    Member

    Please add me to the list of people befuddled by changes in the audio player process/appearance. I'm using Gridspace.

  4. All my right aligned images have one to five black audio player bars across them. Is there any code available to modify the width? I need them to be no more than 350 pixels wide.
    I'm using is a customized Nishita Theme.

    However the new audio player is a great improvement except for the above problem
    see: http://altsoundings.com/audio/spoken-word/1988-floating-eagle-feather-storyteller/

  5. wordsdivinelywrought
    Member

    I appreciate the concept of the black audio player bar, which is a great visual improvement over the small, faint speaker icon that seemed terminally hardwired flush left.

    However, in Preview, my player does not respond to "Play" on the post I was attempting for today. Nothing suggests that there is anything to listen to. Same problem when I visit previous WP posts of mine containing audio.

    And, songsofhope883, altsoundings and drfurtado, same thing happens when I attempt to listen to audio players at your sites. Nada. My speakers are fine, the original .mp3s I have posted are fine, audio is fine on youtube and at other sites not WP.

    Do I have some odd glitsch in my iMac -- or am I missing something embarrassingly obvious?

  6. wordsdivinelywrought,
    I am using iMac and it plays for me. The main problem is that it disappears when I load more posts on the frontpage. Besides, the new design is ugly. Why can we have the option to choose which player we want?

  7. I am furious, really furious over this. I want the Flash player back, and pronto. Having bought premium WP, it's what I paid for!

    Why I am furious? All my player customizations are now being ignored. Want to know some of the consequences?

    (1) I have a music page (http://stayontop.org/music/) where the player plays a playlist of about 70 different mp3s. I had set the Flashplayer to show singers+titles. The new HTML5 junk player shows nothing, so now visitors have no clue whatever song it is they are listening to.

    (2) I had customized players buttons with colors that I referred to in the player bottomline (click red to... click green to...). The new HTML5 junk player doesn't show the colored buttons my text is referring to, so for about 150 posts in 2 blogs I would now have to re-edit part of the posts' text... Any idea of the time that would cost?

    This detrimental experimenting over the heads of WP users (paying users!) is totally infuriating. I think I have the right to demand the return of the Flash player. Not next week, not tomorrow, but today. It was part of the service I paid WP for.

    In real anger over how WP techies apparently think they can ignore the vested interests of normal bloggers,

    Henk van Setten (stayontop.org and historyofmentalhealth.com)

  8. I am furious too as I said in my tread. I want it restored. I can't see the reasons why they dumped the Flash Player, and I am also a paying customer. We don't deserve such treatment!

  9. P.S. I don't agree with worldsdivinelywrought that it is a visual improvement. It looks horrible too.

  10. I'll tag this thread for Staff assistance because I do not know how to help you. Another Volunteer may answer prior to Staff but I tagged the thread so it will not fall through the cracks and escape attention. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  11. Dear Timethief,

    Thanks for your attention. Valued as always.

    For now I've pasted a bright red notice into my http://stayontop.org/music/ page, in which I apologize to readers for the crude player giving no indication at all of what song it is playing. I'm not going to recode all my other music pages yet.

    There is only one proper way for WP/Automattic to handle this correctly. The Flash player (with all its individually applied settings) should remain the default for existing blogs and themes, so existing bloggers like me won't have to start manually recoding all their music pages.

    For new bloggers a possibility could then be added (as an extra code option, for example [haudio] instead of [audio]) to embed the HTML5 player instead of the default Flash player.

    This, imho, would be the only decent and acceptable way to go.

  12. it's what I paid for!

    Why I am furious? All my player customizations are now being ignored. Want to know some of the consequences?

    ... I had set the Flashplayer to show singers+titles. The new HTML5 junk player shows nothing, so now visitors have no clue whatever song it is they are listening to.

    I had customized players buttons with colors that I referred to in the player bottomline (click red to... click green to...). The new HTML5 junk player doesn't show the colored buttons my text is referring to, so for about 150 posts in 2 blogs I would now have to re-edit part of the posts' text... Any idea of the time that would cost?

    @henkvansetten: I totally agree. It's the same with my blog.
    @timethief: Thanks, as always. :)

  13. I have a beta project and I'm really wondering if it's worth paying for the services of wordpress.com. Please, solve the problem

  14. thejerkstorepodcast
    Member

    We use wordpress for our podcast blog, and have a feed that posts on iTunes. We host our episodes on amazon S3, and there has always been a link to the audio file in our blog posts when we use a short code such as this:

    [ audio https://s3.amazonaws.com/JerkStorePodcast/TheJerkStoreSample1.m4a%5D ]

    However, upon visiting our blog today, I see that there are no links to any audio files on the blog, or any way to play them. What happened? Did some terms of service change that I'm not aware of? Is this a temporary issue with wordpress? Our files are still available to download on iTunes, so I know it's not a problem with the files. The links to listen and download in the blog simply aren't showing up anymore.

    The blog I need help with is thejerkstorepodcast.wordpress.com.

  15. wordsdivinelywrought
    Member

    I am doing my best to be patient, as timethief suggested (Thank you for the tagging, TT). However, the silence from WP Staff is deafening -- especially to those of us who have invested in premium themes and upgrades and have been left in the dark.

    Surely, the minimal investment of staff time in communicating a "Hang in there; we're on it" message (or some other simple yet true statement) could go a long way toward keeping the natives from becoming overly restless.

  16. I'm afraid my design doesn't work with the new look player the way that wordsdivinelywrought's must. Surely the subtlety of old look player was more compatible with the wide range of theme and visual styles developed by WordPress users? The huge black strip across all my web pages is totally incompatible with the overall visual design. AND I've had to reformat a lot to overcome the issue of it running over images. Why the change??

  17. we are waiting any answer from the WP Staff ..

  18. It's simply outrageous that (1) WP staff without even an advance warning breaks our websites by experimenting with (very crude) HTML5 elements, and it's even more outrageous that (2) then they don't even bother to react to our justified complaints.
    Maybe they're just trying to drive all their paying customers away to other blogging/hosting platforms? So they can continue to experiment freely without being bothered by the inconvenience of having some customers?
    After all, they've been employed to experiment instead of guaranteeing a satisfactory customer experience, doesn't it begin to look that way?
    I can tell you, I'm growing more angry over this every day. Would someone have a bright idea of how we could shake this unresponsive WP staff into action? Protest posts in all our blogs, perhaps?

  19. songsofhope883
    Member

    By the way, I am using browser Firefox 29, and get this audio problem. But I get the same audio problem with Chrome.

  20. @songsofhope883:

    The "new" player goes right across each post, and over any right aligned picture I have in each post. Not good.

    @altsoundings:

    All my right aligned images have one to five black audio player bars across them. Is there any code available to modify the width?

    @alisonearlsaloud:

    Surely the subtlety of old look player was more compatible with the wide range of theme and visual styles developed by WordPress

    Hi there.
    While the staff answers, try this:
    Audio player centered

    <div style="width:290px;margin:auto;">Shortcode of the audio player here</div>

    Audio player not centered

    div style="width:290px;margin:none;">Shortcode of the audio player here</div>

    For further reference, see the blog of my friend @justpi:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/positioning-shortcode-objects-pt-2/

  21. Just to make things clear one more time, the problems are much more diverse than just the positioning of the player. They also concern the fact that the HTML5 prototype that is now unleashed upon us, is functionally inferior to the Flash player it's supposed to replace.

    Like I said before, it doesn't respect any existing user settings for the player across all posts in a blog. It breaks existing user customizations of play/pause/volume buttons, player colors, etc. It does not show names or titles, so when using playlists people cannot even see what it is they're hearing.

    It's simply irresponsible of the WP people to force a fundamentally different prototype player upon us before such essential problems have been solved. Do they think we (and our blogs) are some kind of guinea pigs? That's how this feels.

  22. Just to make things clear one more time, the problems are much more diverse than just the positioning of the player.

    I totally agree, @henkvansetten: see my other posts in this thread.

  23. wordsdivinelywrought
    Member

    Though I have been with WP for 6 years, I am a relatively unsophisticated blogger, do not use customization, and upgraded my premium theme to utilize audio for very simple spoken word posts.

    I finally discovered yesterday that, using Firefox, I can no longer play/hear audio on my own site or those of other WP bloggers, and have had to revert to Safari, which I literally have not touched for years.

    Mea culpa, both are older browser versions (Hey, I myself am older!), though hardly grounds to have the blogrug pulled out from under me/us without the courtesy of a heads-up explanation.

  24. From @jeremeylduvall here:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/problem-with-audio-player-change-of-appearance-size?replies=4#post-1786906

    Hi Pete,

    Currently, it isn't possible to change the width of the audio shortcode. The shortcode will automatically expand to fit the full width of your content column. You could do it through CSS, but that would require the purchase of the Custom Design upgrade shown here...

    No, it is posible, see my post, @jeremeylduvall:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/audio-player-changed-appearance?replies=14#post-1789673

    It works! ;)

  25. @songsofhope883:

    The "new" player goes right across each post, and over any right aligned picture I have in each post. Not good.

    @altsoundings:

    All my right aligned images have one to five black audio player bars across them. Is there any code available to modify the width?

    @alisonearlsaloud:

    Surely the subtlety of old look player was more compatible with the wide range of theme and visual styles developed by WordPress

    Hi there.
    While the staff answers, try this:
    Audio player centered

    <div style="width:290px;margin:auto;">Shortcode of the audio player here</div>

    Audio player not centered

    div style="width:290px;margin:none;">Shortcode of the audio player here</div>
    Thanks Galois ... your suggestion works for me re being able to resize the player. I had audio titles not embedded but immediately above ... almost hugging the player. However these titles are now all widely spaced from the player. But still a great interim solution.

    Still no word from WordPress! Shabby indeed.

  26. Hi there.
    While the staff answers, try this:
    Audio player centered

    <div style="width:290px;margin:auto;">Shortcode of the audio player here</div>

    Audio player not centered

    div style="width:290px;margin:none;">Shortcode of the audio player here</div>

    Thanks Galois ... your suggestion works for me re being able to resize the player. I had audio titles not embedded but immediately above ... almost hugging the player. However these titles are now all widely spaced from the player. But still a great interim solution.

    Still no word from WordPress! Shabby indeed.

  27. Although the solution above helps, it does not solve the major problem, which is the fact that we ALL want the flash player back. I have over 300 posts and cannot even imagine changing the settings for each one of them.
    I have replied to one of the WP news emails (I received at least 2 per day) asking if anyone from WP is aware of the player problem. I will post an update here as soon as I hear (if I do) from them.

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