We know there will be a few minor breaks here and there especially from some third-party applications that might not handle “301 Moved Temporarily” redirects (if you have something flash-based that needs http://www.archive.org/crossdomain.xml we caught that breakage and that url still works now (that is, it can be either requested either with or without the lead “www.” as an exception now). We’re happy to work with anyone having issues — feel free to reply to this post and let us know.
Best wishes, and now go spend those four characters saved on something fun 😉
below the current audio/video player on archive.org you have probably seen by now the link:
Would you like to try our new audio/video player? (beta!)
We had some known problems in this beta rollout that affected audio MP3 playback.
Specifically, on Safari, some 30-70% of the time (and it varied widely) the MP3 loading/setup would fail. This has been fixed. On Internet Explorer, we didn’t have the MP3 “flash based playback” option setup using the new audio player — and the lead developer, Michael Dale, came over today and fixed that for us. Hooray!
So at this point, I believe the audio/video player is true “beta” — feature complete with a few things to smooth out left but the finish line is close:
1) i need to add back in captions/subtitles (it’s there in the player, just need to feed them through with our playlist)
2) video items with 3+ videos may play the last video 2x. working on that! 😎
hopefully, we can all listen to some nice archive music this weekend in peace without issues with this new player! now grab your headphones or turn up those speakers…
We want to encourage all of you to attach any image files you may have to the live shows you upload. A good photo of a band playing can really enhance an item; although the recordings are certainly the most important part, it’s always fun to see the band playing.
Here are some examples of items that are rounded out with interesting images:
I’m always intrigued by “this day in history” type of facts. There’s some sort of immediacy to them that makes you feel connected to the past in a more unique way. That’s why I always like to check the “Shows on This Day in History” in the Live Music Archive.
With the weekend only hours away, many of you will be sure to check out local listings to see where you can get your live music fix. If it’s a slow week in your city or the pocketbook is a little dry, the Archive has you covered.
Here are some of my favorite shows that have been played on February 6:
So, on this day in history, Ariel Sharon was elected Prime Minister of Israel, Monopoly went on sale for the first time, the Spanish-American war ended, Massachusetts became the sixth state in the Union, the first dog sledding competition happened in the Olympics, and a lot of bands performed some excellent shows.
If you’re a live music fan, it’s likely you’ve visited our Live Music Archive. The LMA is a place where willing bands and dedicated fans can freely trade recordings of live shows for non-commercial use. It’s reminiscent of the bygone days of tape trading except with a bigger fan base and more shows than thousands of tapes could hold.
In June 2008, Internet Archive’s Director and Co-Founder, Brewster Kahle, predicted that by January 2009 there would be 55,000 individual live shows on the Archive. Well here we are, and Brewster was correct; there are now more than 56,000 shows to treat yourself to. CDs can be expensive and tickets to all of the shows you want to see can quickly drain the wallet, but because so many bands are taking part in the etree movement, Internet Archive is able to freely supply users with some of the best live shows around.
If you don’t see a band on the LMA, feel free to contact them yourself to see if they would be willing to have their music archived and shared. They can then send a simple email to email@example.com to be included, and fans can begin to share recorded shows. For some more information on how on the LMA works, visit our FAQ page.
Brewster’s second prediction was 60,000 shows by Memorial Day. If that’s the case, you’ll be able to have a pseudo-summer music festival on your porch. Grab some friends, food, beer, speakers, and your laptop.
It’s quite tempting to visit Internet Archive’s Live Music Archive and be drawn to the bands you’re familiar with and adore. Grateful Dead, Smashing Pumpkins, Jason Mraz, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Guster all beg you to choose their name, boasting 300+ shows and countless downloads. Don’t get me wrong, I can click on some of those bands all day and get completely wrapped up in their myriad of live shows. One of the joys of the Archive, however, is to get exposed to those smaller bands that either are on the brink of making it big or have met their demise years ago with only the Archive paying them homage.
Here’s a teaser list of what you can find in the LMA with just a few clicks of the mouse: