I want to embed a musical track into an email on Yahoo, which plays on
opening. I have followed all kinds of instruction on how to do this without
success. Various suggestions had me entering certain instructions into the
signature of mail options. Nothing happened so I must be doing something wrong.
Two points: I’m not clear on is where I’m supposed to enter a ‘source code’ for
the mp3 track and where do I find that? Or how do I upload the track to a server?
I can’t get Filezilla to work; I’m getting the error “Connection timed
In this excerpt from
Answercast #28, I look at the difficulties in adding auto-play to music in
an email and why I’m glad it’s so difficult!
Autoplay from an online source
I can’t really help you with the Filezilla part because you didn’t indicate where you’re storing this. Normally, if you want to upload a file, that means you need to have some kind of online storage.
For small things like this, I typically recommend people go out and use Dropbox. The files that you upload via Dropbox can be made available through URLs, which could then be used as you are trying to use them.
Inserting audio into an email
That being said, I believe what you are attempting to do is doomed for failure. I also believe that it should be doomed for failure… but that’s a matter of personal opinion that I’ll get to in a second.
The problem is that the different ways to embed sound into email are not consistent.
They are not standard.
They are not going to work everywhere.
As you’ve seen, it’s already very fragile. It’s very complex and difficult to make it happen.
So, “I don’t have an answer for you,” is what I’m trying to say. I really don’t have an answer that says, “This is how you embed music into an email so that it plays automatically when people open the email.”
Give them a link
What I suggest you do instead is simply have a link to the mp3 and say, “Hey, if you want to hear this, click on this link,” and let people control when that music gets played.
And that actually gets me to my final point, the opinion piece of this little response and that is:
- What I think you’re doing is wrong, fundamentally wrong.
Sudden computer sounds
One of the most annoying things on the internet are web pages that start to play music or start to play sound the moment you get to them. The same is true for email.
Imagine this: you are a parent at home. It’s quiet. It’s late at night. The baby is sleeping next to you. The dogs are sleeping around you. You navigate to a web page, you open an email and all of a sudden, it starts playing sound. Boom! The baby’s awake! The dogs are barking!
- Peace and harmony have been completely and utterly destroyed just because you felt it was so important that your music or your sound play immediately!
Put it in the control of the recipient; give them a Play button; give them a way to play the music. If they want to hear it, they will hear it. If they don’t want to hear it, don’t force it on them. Please don’t do that.
And, like I said, fortunately for better or for worse, I’m not even sure how to do that in an email… but it’s not something I suggest you even attempt to do.
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