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Hi,

I have a website in which users login and post music from soundcloud and youtube. the website fetches the song data using the services apis and then stores it in a mysql database. the website then shows the users input across the entire website.  however, if you start a song on one page and then click on a link to go to another page the music will stop playing. is there a way in which i can just play the music regardless of the user going in and out of different pages? (similar to soundcloud).

i am using php to do most of the database work but i assume this would need some js
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Some music services like last.fm just open a popup window and locate their player in it.
Or you could organize your site as a frameset, in one frame the player will reside, the other frame will show the page while the user navigates through your site.
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by:Big Monty
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your only (good) option is to use a pop up window to load the player (as previously suggested). if you care about seo on your site, i highly advise against using frames....
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i want to stay clear from both of those situations. i hate when browsers popup music browsers and the fact that html5 doesnt support them leads me to believe that they are not worth while

any other suggestions?
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by:Big Monty
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web pages use the stateless protocol. once you navigate to a new page, you need to reload all of the data. the only non-complex way around this is to use frames or the pop-up method.
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by:M. Jayme Nagy
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Hi,

As i mentioned i do not want popups and frames do present a potential however there are a lot of negatives to them therefore i would like to know alternatives to either approaches
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by:Big Monty
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and as I mentioned, those are your only real good options. unless you want to convert your site to flash....

sometimes the answer is "you can't really do that...."
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by:M. Jayme Nagy
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Hi,

thanks!

i was curious if javascript could pass data seamlessly between pages so it would not appear as the music every stopped. Also,  i read somewhere that this could be done using html5 store docs.

if i was to consider frames i probably have to change my entire css and that seems like a nightmare.
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I think the BEST solution is to create a javascript web app and use the history api to fake changes not a separate window
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by:Big Monty
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Ultimately it's up to you but you're going to run into a lot more headaches than you need if you try to build a site based off of a hack method aka "fake  changes".

Anyway good luck with whatever approach you take
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i provided an answer
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