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Ways to share unsigned music from Urørt

januar 30th, 2009 by

Setting up local players for Urø and NRK Sogn og Fjordane (and other district offices. The player uses a slightly modified versjon of the Jeroen Media player.

Check out a few embedded flash examples after the break..


Posted in NRK, Testing

New mixtape feature on Urø

mai 29th, 2008 by

We are doing a soft launch of a new feature on Norwegian music demo site Urø ( for those lacking ÆØÅ), namely the option to create you own mixtapes. Each mixtape can contain 20 songs, selected from the over 57000 unsigned mp3s uploaded by the 22000 bands on the site, and you can share it with friends by sending them to Urørt, or by embedding the player in your own website, like this:

Gå til Urørt for å lage din egen miksteip

A while back we also took the time to contact facebook to have them add our domain to their Share Partner program, which was necessary to be able to automatically embed flash in their site, when you use the facebook share feature.

Oh, and every mixtape also comes in the form of a podcast rss so you don’t have to manually download each track if you want to keep all the songs on your harddrive or you ipod.

So if you are like new music and like showing it off, then head on over and create an account.

ur�iksteip screenshot

Posted in NRK, Webdesign, Webdev

Podcastplayer in flash! Php script to convert RSS to XSPF

mars 3rd, 2006 by

Big Sound, Little Ears

photo credit: …Tim

Create your own free flash based podcast / mp3 player

I like the flashbased XSPF mp3 player. I had planned to rewrite the actionscript so that it could read rss with enclosures instead, but I liked the possibility to have unique pictures on each track, and I wanted to check out the XSPF format.

So I wrote a PHP script that uses DOMXML and xpath to convert an existing rss to xspf, it even have a search function of sorts.

I’m going to use it on a project I’m working on after a little more tweaking but I wanted to share it with other people who has a podcast and want a quick open source way to present their podcasts on their website.

Localino meets elePHPant
photo credit: Chregu


$path = «»;

$showfile = file_get_contents($path);

if(!$doc = domxml_open_mem($showfile)) {

echo «Error while parsing the document…»;



$xpath = xpath_new_context($doc);

$root = $doc->document_element();


//echo domxml_version();

//var_dump(xpath_eval_expression($xpath, ‘/rss/channel/item’)); //

//debugging – memory dump

//echo $doc->dump_mem( true, ‘UTF-8′ ) ; //

//print » Path: <a href=\»$path\»>$path</a><br>\n»;

//print » Showfile: <a href=\»$showfile\»>$showfile</a><br>\n»;

//print » domDoc: <a href=\»$domDoc\»>$domDoc</a><br>\n»;

//print » root: <a href=\»$root\»>$root</a><br>\n»;

// playlist plus search function

$playlist = $xpath->xpath_eval(«/rss/channel/item[contains(translate(title,’abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzæøåö’, ‘ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZÆØÅÖ’), ‘».strtoupper($_REQUEST[«search»]).»‘)]»);


//print «playlist found: «.count($playlist->nodeset).»\n»;

print «<?xml version=\»1.0\» encoding=\»UTF-8\» ?>\n»;

print «<playlist version=\»0\» xmlns=\»\»>\n»;

print » <title>Put clever title here, or get it from the rss</title>\n»;

print » <annotation>Description of some sort</annotation>\n»;

print » <creator>Who made this</creator>\n»;

print » <info>http://link to more info</info>\n»;

print » <location></location>\n»;

print » <license></license>\n»;

print «<trackList>\n»;

foreach ($playlist->nodeset as $tracklist) {

$description = «»;

$title = «»;

$enclosureurl = «»;

//$enclosureurl = $tracklist->get_attribute(«length»);

//$spor = $tracklist->get_attribute(«spor»);

//$sangid = «$arkivnr-$spor»;

foreach ($tracklist->child_nodes() as $child) {

if ($child->node_name() == «title») $title = $child->get_content();

if ($child->node_name() == «description») $description = $child->get_content();

if ($child->node_name() == «enclosure») $enclosureurl = $child->get_attribute(«url»);


print «<track>\n»;

print » <location>$enclosureurl</location>\n»;

print » <image>hassan/bilder/else150.jpg</image>\n»;

print » <annotation>$title</annotation>\n»;

print » <info></info>\n»;

print » <info_text>$description</info_text>\n»;

print » </track>\n»;


print «</trackList>\n»;

print «</playlist>\n»;


Copypaste the above code into a new file and save it as rss2xspf.php and upload it to your server to test if you have domxml support. (If you don’t it will say something like Call to undefined function: domxml_open_mem. In that case, tough luck, find a new host.)

Download the exellent XSPF flash based mp3 player here: XSPF Web Music Player (Flash) – Plays MP3 on your website

Read more about XSPF over at

And please drop a comment if you use it and like or have problems.

You can also send me an email at morten.skogly _at_ gmail dot com.

There’s a lot of room for improvement, like using the rss image in place of a staticly defined image, or inserting a random image, or doing som web2.0 stuff like snarfing the images from amazon or whatever, please let me know if you make something superclever with it :)

Idea for your site: You can use to make your own mp3 podcast, visit bands you like bookmark the mp3s you like with, go there to get the rss, and your set to go, you have the same music on your site as on your ipod :) (You might have to use as a gobetween to create the enclosures and make it itunes-compatible.)

Updated: 06.04.2008: Unless you really really digg the XSPF player linked up above, I suggest you use the superb Jeroen Media Player instead. It is open source and supports both XSPF and RSS directly. It takes up more space, but it has video support and a very cool javascript api.

Posted in Open Source