I am the web admin for http://itsrainmakingtime.com, which distributes a weekly podcast. The audio player currently in use across the site is Blubrry Powerpress. I use it to distribute the podcast via iTunes. (For the record, I’m using the Thesis theme by DIYThemes)
I’ve chosen the current player style (1pixelout) in place on each post, which also plays a welcome message in the sidebar, because I was unable to resize the Flow Player Classic. As far as I know, the FPC does not accept percentage values for width.
1pixelout *does* accept percentage values for width. I set it at 100%, assuming it would fill the width of whatever container it is in. It’s important that I use percentage to determine width because the player appears in both the sidebar and content column, and Powerpress doesn’t offer much insight into displaying players at varying widths – they seem to be “one size fits all” for each site.
Unfortunately, my boss reports that the player displays much wider than the sidebar on her iPad 2 (iOS 6):
Clearly the iPad is falling back on a default player that I don’t believe I can style. Can anyone identify the player? Is it HTML5? Is there any way I can control its appearance?
If I can’t get this to work, I’m going to need to figure out a way to display a NICE-LOOKING player in the sidebar at an acceptable width. I can’t stress that enough. Most of the audio players I’ve found in the WordPress repository are ugly – I want something that looks like Flow Player Classic or 1pixelout. In case anyone asks: yes, I’ve enabled shortcode in the sidebar using the simple addition to custom_functions.php described on diythemes.com.
I tried podpress, but couldn’t figure out how to implement the player in the sidebar for lack of decent documentation. (I would rather run a more lightweight plugin anyway, if I have to run a secondary audio player.)
I also tried the original 1pixelout plugin (here) – but I found out that the shortcode requires “:” instead of “=”, which WordPress apparently doesn’t recognize as valid shortcode. It would work if it didn’t require “:” instead of “=”.
Can anyone recommend a viable fix, or a stylable player that won’t give me grief?
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