Audio can be tought on the web, particularly when it comes to presenting it in a pleasant way. Too often the available players are large or unwieldy, and don’t fit within the site design they’re a part of.
With a Plugin called WP Audio Player by Martin Laine, though, this isn’t much of an issue anymore. This Plugin provides a simple little player using shortcodes, it supports playlists, and it’s skinnable. What more could you want?
For example, this is what the player looks like when in use on WPCandy:
So briefly, once the Plugin is set up, you can add the audio player to your posts with this shortcode:
Loading up playlists is pretty simple, too:
audio:your_mp3_file_1.mp3,your_mp3_file_2.mp3|titles=The title 1,The title 2|artists=The artist 1,The artist 2
Now, I’ve never skinned the player before, but it seems pretty simple within the Plugin itself.
WPCandy uses this Plugin for all of its podcasts to allow in-post listening, as opposed to iTunes or RSS subscriptions. We’ve been using it a while, and couldn’t really ask for any changes to it.
Honestly, this is a simple decision. It’s the best Plugin out there for this purpose. You should be using it.