There does not appear to be any functional audio plugins that support a reasonable set of current browsers (or simply both ie8 and chrome 17). Advice welcome! Frustrated.
Likely one of the two from 2012 are best options in need of bug fixes, which I'll take a look at next time around assuming no obvious solutions show up in the meantime :).
last update 2012:
Dies catastrophically in ie8, a huge browser share. Likely fixable in plugin code as mediaelement.js seems to work on its own in ie8 at demo site.
Dies in chrome 17.0...., with many players on a single page, site loads indefinitely and file not found results if loading is interrupted.
last update 2010 or earlier:
Degradable html5 audio and video plugin
Does not play in chrome 17.0... html5 player does not play.
* Used successfully for years. Has a memory leak that regularly kills my virtual server, not updated since 2010.
* Another old standard. Dies in chrome in 2012, likely fixable as based on solid soundmanager2.