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Simple audio playback with Yahoo Mediaplayer

By Jeff Boes
October 20, 2010

Recently I had need to show a list of MP3 files with a click-to-play interface.

I came upon a very simple self-contained audio player:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://mediaplayer.yahoo.com/js"></script>

The code to set up my links for playing was dirt-simple:

<script type="text/javascript">
var player = document.getElementById('player');
function add_to_player() {
    var link = this;
    player.src.replace(/audioUrl=.*/,'audioUrl=' + link.src);
    return false;
var links = document.getElementsByTagName('A');
for (var i = 0; i < links.length; i++) {
    if (links[i].src.match(/\.mp3$/)) {
        links.onclick = add_to_player;

You could use various ways to identify the links to be player-ized, but I chose to just associate the links with a class, โ€œmp3โ€:

<a class="mp3" href="/path/to/file.mp3">Audio File 1</a>

Obviously, if jQuery is in use for your page, you can reduce the code to an even smaller snippet.

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