Help on public links - buffering... (June 19 2012)
Often I get questions about endless "buffering...". My answer is always use public available URL's directly to MP3 files (hotlinking). So no M4A or any other format. Further there are tons of websites that hosts MP3 files. But often have a portal (introduction) page with advertisements just in front of the actual file. This is because (like me) we all need to earn something and nothing is free. Advertisements only work when a user actually clicks on them so often you just can't hotlink to them since they don't get advertisements clicks that way. It's just the way the web world works.
Sometimes a file seems public but its only "public" for you, since you are logged into the website. In recent browsers you have Incoginto/private mode (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+N Chrome/Opera, Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+P Firefox, Safari has no shortcut). This mode creates a new clean session. You are logged out automatically of every site (unless you already were surfing in that mode). This way you can test if your file is really public and how other users see it.
If you own the rights to share your music, you can upload your own music somewhere. Google Drive has a limit of a few downloads a day so isn't ok. Dropbox added a portal page recently, so you have to figure out the actual link. Here are some steps about how creating a correct link to your own music with dropbox but it should be quite simular to many other hosting apps.
1. Create a hostings account (ie. dropbox) and upload your own music MP3.
2. Create a public link
3. Copy the actual URL (right click on button)
4. Optional: Open this Sheep Billy website in Incognito/Private mode (read above) or log-out of the hostings app
5. Paste the URL on this site and generate the code, It should show the player upon creation, if it works it works. If not, the URL is not a valid public MP3
6. If you have further questions, join my Twitter
Hey everyone, I opened a twitter account for new idea's, questions and updates. Might be handy, join the group :)