One aspect making WavePlayer one of the best audio players for WordPress is the seamless integration with its core features. One of the most ignored features of the WordPress Media Library is that audio attachments can be assigned a thumbnail or featured image as any other WordPress post types. This is ignored mostly because the usual and most prominent attachments in the Media Library are images and assigning a featured image to an image is not allowed since is redundant and just… silly.
When it comes to audio attachments, though, setting a featured image allows WavePlayer to show that featured image as the thumbnail of an audio track in the player.
This is the easiest way to associate an image to an audio attachment, both from your Media Library. Please consider that the following steps are possible because WordPress allows it out of the box, regardless of WavePlayer being installed or not on your website.
WavePlayer will now use that image you selected as a thumbnail for that track.
Another often underused function that WordPress features without the need to rely on any extra plugin is the automatic extraction of the embedded cover art picture from the ID3 tags of the audio file you upload to the Media Library. In this case, you don’t really need to do anything more than uploading your MP3 files where you previously embedded a cover art picture. Upon uploading such a file, WordPress will:
This method gives you the opportunity of operating on your audio files locally, embedding the picture you need or require and upload them only after the correct images have already embedded in the audio files. As for the software you can use to edit the ID3 tags of your MP3 files, an application we like is Kid3. It is open-source, available for Linux, Windows and Mac and constantly updated.
When you use WavePlayer with external audio files, you may want to consider that the tracks included in the player will have their own thumbnail only if the remote file includes an embedded cover art picture in the ID3 tags. In that case, WavePlayer has the capability of extracting the embedded picture (thanks to WordPress’ core functions) and store it locally together with the metadata and peak information so that it can easily access it every time the track is used in any player instance on your website.
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