The Magnatune web site now automatically detects whether you do not have Flash available in your web browser, and if you do not, an alternative audio player is used (the one built into your web browser).
This should help:
- iPad and iPhone: both now work on the Magnatune web site. One very nice side effect: the audio keeps playing when you leave Safari on the iPhone and the iPad and you can continue using other apps while still listening to the album playing. This unexpected feature is because we're using Quicktime, which (being Apple's own software) can run in the background. To stop the music, run Safari again and click the pause button on the audio player.
Previously, the Magnatune web site used a Flash player exclusively, and so Flash was needed to listen using the web site. The alternative, which still exists, is to use the XSPF or M3U links and an external audio player, but I think this embedded playing is easier.
We also have a native iPad app submitted to Apple, which should be available shortly.
Note that this non-flash method plays the entire album and does not allow you to jump between songs in a playlist (though you can jump to specific times in the entire album). The reason this is the case is that the HTML5 specification does not support playlists, only individual media files. I suspect the HTML5 committee were unfortunately more focussed on video than audio and neglected to think of the need for audio playlists. There are HTML5 playlist players out there, but I've not found them to work consistently on the various important web browsers.
Here are pictures of Safari on the iPhone playing music on the Magnatune web site:
and here are pictures of Safari on the iPad playing music on the Magnatune web site: