10 awesome HTML5 audio players

Among other great features, the new HTML5 specification allow native audio streaming. In this article, I have compiled the 10 most awesome HTML5 audio players available today.


Media Element


MediaElement is an audio an video player which is written in pure HTML5 and CSS. Older browsers are supported by Custom Flash and Silverlight players that mimic the HTML5 MediaElement API.
Media Element is skinnable, and offers plugins for popular platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.

→ Visit http://mediaelementjs.com/

Scott Andrew’s HTML5 audio player


This player is very minimalist but works well. Great to use when you do not need playlists or any fancy effects!

Speakker


Here is a great player, probably my favorite from the whole list. Speakker is super easy to set up and comes out of the box in two variations and with incredible options of customization: Flexible dimensions, unlimited colors, etc…
Speakker is cross-browser compatible and have a Flash fallback for old browsers.
and two different button sets for light and dark themes.

→ Visit http://www.speakker.com/

MooTools HTML5 Audio Player


Are you using Mootools on your website? If yes, you’ll probably enjoy this player, made with HTML5 and the Mootools JavaScript framework. The player works perfectly on all recent browsers.

→ Visit http://simulacre.org/mootools-html5-audio-player/

Universal HTML5 Audio Player


This player is the only one from the list which isn’t free. But it’s cheap ($5 only!) and works well. It have lots of useful features, such as a way to protect your audio from being hijacked by using a beep overlay, which is a great solution for commercial uses.

→ Visit http://codecanyon.net/item/universal-html5-audio-player

SoundManager 2


Using HTML5 and Flash, SoundManager 2 provides reliable cross-platform audio under a single lightweight (10 kb) JavaScript API.
Want to see what you can do with Sound Manager 2? Then visit http://wheelsofsteel.net/ for an awesome demo!

→ Visit http://www.schillmania.com/projects/soundmanager2/

jplayer


jplayer is a jQuery plugin which have been my audio player of choice for several months because of its simplicity. A great tool which can also play videos.

→ Visit http://jplayer.org/

audio.js


audio.js is a drop-in javascript library that allows HTML5’s <audio> tag to be used anywhere. It uses native <audio> where available and an invisible flash player to emulate <audio> for other browsers. It provides a consistent html player UI to all browsers which can be styled used standard css.

→ Visit http://kolber.github.com/audiojs/

HTML5 Audio Player Bookmarklet


This bookmarklet adds an audio player to play linked audio files on any page. It can be used on any page which has links to downloadable audio files. A great tool to stream audio instead of downloading!

→ Visit http://marklets.com/HTML5+Audio+Player.aspx

  • Jack Tou

    Nice list, thanks. I used Audioplay2 and I think that it’s fantastic for mobile devices.