This blog now uses HTML5 for audio

Though this might not sound interesting, but today I made an important step: I switched from using an old, but trusty Flash-based audio player plugin to the current state of the art for embedding audio into HTML: the HTML5 Audio element.

What’s in for you? Finally, the audio tracks can be listened on all mobile devices that usually lack Flash. Together with the new Twenty Fourteen theme, my blog is finally fully enjoyable on the go. More technical details on the transition can be found below: Continue reading “This blog now uses HTML5 for audio” reaches 20,000 tracks, my side project to this blog, is about creating a comprehensive catalogue of noteworthy free music published under Creative Commons licenses and hosted on the Internet Archive.

The latter restriction makes it possible that this catalogue can be completely streamed and downloaded. However, music discovery in this database so far was limited by the user’s ability to write database queries. Consequently, I will focus my attention on improving the UI rather than dumping more tracks on the server.

playlist-random got news! is a player and database for free music. As of now (Feb 2013), it contains over 10,000 tracks of Creative Commons music from many artists all around the world. Various music genres are present. All tracks have been hand-selected, rated and tagged.

And since now, the database got a new landing page with recommendations, links to latest additions and my favourite evergreens.


ojdb reaches 5000 tracks

Only half a year after ojdb’s release, the amount of music has increased at unprecedented speed. The graph below shows the evolution of my free music collection over the last years. It took me over four years to collect my first 1000 tracks, while during the last year, I collected 3000 tracks—and the year is not over yet! In the graph (image) I added releases that have been important drivers for my collection activity. Read on to find out why I consider these releases special. Continue reading “ojdb reaches 5000 tracks”

ojdb – a free music streaming site

Edit (2013-07-09): got news! is the successor to ojdb, which is deprecated and will – at some point – go offline.

After weeks of beta-testing, I finally publish the link to my new project ojdb. It is an in-browser music player like deezer, spotify or grooveshark, except for two differences: First, it contains only about 2800 3100 tracks at the moment (compared to millions). Second and more important, all tracks are released to under a Creative Commons license (compared to copyrighted commercial tracks). That means, distributing of the music is allowed as long as the artist is credited.

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