October 29, 2003
die puny webstream

Warren Ellis is recommending the work of a band called The Go! Team on his blog.

If you're a mac user, you might have some trouble hearing track 4, mainly because the website uses some bizarre combination of javascript, iframes and other obfuscated crap to try to mimic a streaming server.

Which is probably fine on the PC, which is no doubt the only platform they tested it on, but it sucks if you're on a mac, becasue you can't hear the songs. Nothing happens when you click.

Fortunately, a bit of reverse engineering (well, really just reverse concatenating) the javascript that plays the music results in:

Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5

Those links should work if you have WMP installed, which I guess you have to these days.

The songs are pretty good, it was worth the effort anyway. I don't blame the band as I'm sure that the fabulous website budget that they invested was embezzled by an unscrupulous webmonkey, but this stuff does get annoying, and it probably costs them more fans than the cd sales it would ostensibly save.

What is the lesson I'm trying to impart? If you want to protect your music, use a real streaming server (I don't care what kind, as long as the name doesn't include "real" in it). If you don't care to go that distance, don't be cute. Just link to the files like it was a normal thing, and let people hear your music.

Posted by illovich at October 29, 2003 12:40 PM
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