Which of the following three players do you prefer? Feel free to add your comments below. Thanks.
Google player option - still my preferred player:Standard Google player with audio length, play status, and controls for pause, forward or back in jumps of about 8 seconds, and volume. Unlike the next two, this player does not reveal the source URL of the mp3 file down below in the browser.
Loop.ly option:When clicked on, this is, in a way, similar to the Google player, but without the Forward and Back options. Un-clicked, it remains a small button that expands to a play status bar once clicked on. One other advantage is that this player seems very fast in both loading and starting to play the mp3 once clicked on.
I obtained the embed code from the Loop.ly website. Just paste your mp3 URL into the text box on that page and hit Enter. Your embed code will appear in a box on the right, for you to copy and paste to your own site. I just used the default colours and size, but you could change those to match your needs.
As an alternative, you could also create your embed code at Loop.ly, with your own colour/size options, then save that code to your hard drive. Then, whenever you need to add a new mp3 file to your site/blog, simply replace the mp3 URL in the saved code with the new audio's URL. To make that easier for myself, I replaced the original mp3 URL in the code with a series of X's, like this: XXXXXXXXX . That allows me to double-click on the XXXXXXXXX and paste my mp3 URL in their place -- much better than trying to click and accurately select the existing URL to replace it. That's what I did withn this embed: