According to Buzz Angle Music, a total of 83 billion audio streams were consumed in U.S. alone in the first quarter of 2017. This marks a 61.2% increase over the previous quarter. Meanwhile, music sales dropped by 23.8%.
May 8th, 2017: This popular article was updated to reflect the currently available audio players and plugins.
One advantage of streaming is that the audience can enjoy their favorite music and on-line broadcasts without worrying about storage space on their devices. More and more people, especially the younger generation, are discovering this convenience as the availability of affordable Internet reaches more people.
If you would like to get into the streaming business, you could do a lot worse than to check out this list of HTML5 audio players I’ve compiled.
The reason I’ve given this media player the top spot is that it’s still under active development. This means issues will be resolved faster and it will likely be kept up-to-date with the latest HTML5 standards and browser support.
License: Open Source(MIT)
NPM – 4,697 downloads last month
2. SoundManager 2
Development of this audio player has slowed down, but the open-source community is doing a great job resolving issues reported by users. Sound Manager 2 is really well designed and is still compatible with the latest browser standards. It currently supports all major browsers including IE6, Safari, and Android.
License: Open Source (BSD)
NPM – 5,048 downloads last month
If you are looking for a jPlayer version that has no dependency on jQuery, then you are in luck (that is, if you are a React developer). React-jPlayer is a very new entry heavily inspired by jPlayer. It currently supports both audio and video. Modern browsers from IE9 and all modern mobile platforms are supported. This means older browsers such as IE6 and IE7 are not supported (not a big deal). It doesn’t use Flash as a fallback since iOS and Chrome have officially dropped support for it.
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