Can any media players play directly from ftp or http directories?

Posted on 2009-02-24
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
I am curious if anyone knows whether any (free) media player out there supports playing mp3s directly from folders on the web.  I have a good portion of my audio library on my personal website and I want to play the files (and make playlists, etc.) on my laptop without downloading it all and taking up the precious hard drive space.  Is this possible?  If not, I am open to other solutions as well.
Question by:brianpsmith81
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    You can do this in several ways. One way to keep the mp3 format is to use Winamp as your player. Make a playlist for every song in a simple text editor like Notepad and save it as an M3U file.
    An M3U playlist is simply the URL where your songs are on the Website (including the folder) and finally saved with the M3U extension.
    Even though this file has an mp3 extension you save this text as an M3U file.
    Make a page on your website with all you music and make an m3U text file (playlist) for each song.
    Then upload all you songs to that directory -- like in the above example your directory is "music".
    When you click on a playlist, the m3u will find the song and sporn the winamp player on your local machine.
    This also works with other players, and you can even embed a simple player on your website to make it look more classy.
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    Thank you for the response.  I know more or less about the playlist option, I guess I was hoping for a method that was a bit more automated.  I actually already do have a Wimpy mp3 player on my site that automatically discovers all the mp3s in the directory (and subdirectories) of the page that the player is on (for me, they are all at[genre]/[artist]/[song].mp3 so all I have to do is embed the player at and it finds everything).  What I was hoping for was this functionality combined with the power of a desktop media player, such as Windows Media Player or WinAmp.  If I upload a new song to my website, I want the media player to automatically discover it rather than having to edit a text file (WMP 11 can do this with local network files, but not ftp or http files).  Any other suggestions?  Thanks again!
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    In my humble opinion No can't be done, it would  also be a security risk.

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