I have a three sites on Total Choice now, and I have been very happy with the service. Currently, I am designing a site for some friends who have a band, and I have planned to have them open a Total Choice account, but reading some posts regarding streaming audio and shared accounts, I want to make sure that this will be acceptable.
The advice that I have seen given to people asking about streaming audio is something to the effect that only http: and flash methods are acceptable on shared server accounts. I need some clarification on this before proceeding.
Here is what I am trying to do, and how it is set up. One of the key features of the site is that a song will play when the home page opens, and that the person viewing the site will be able to select from a menu of 8 or 9 songs to hear. Using a flash music player that I borrowed from a phpBB mod that I have on the forum on one of my sites. I have the player embedded in the main page, like this:
><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="emff_lila.swf?src=musicfile.mp3&autostart=yes&streaming=yes" width="110" height="34">
<param name="movie" value="emff_lila.swf?src=musicfile.mp3&autostart=yes&streaming=yes">
<param name="quality" value="high">
<param name="bgcolor" value="#000000">
I wrote a php script that selects the appropriate .mp3 file and puts that address in the object tag, and the whole thing works really well, but I just want to ask: Is this what you mean by "flash method" ?
The band is unknown, and I seriously doubt that the hits on the site will create any bandwidth usage problems for a long time, (unless the guys get famous, then they will be able to afford a dedicated server - LOL). I'm just trying to make sure that doing this on a shared server account won't create any policy violations with Total Choice.