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May 10, 2012

HTML5 Audio rant from March 2011

If you have delicate sensibilities, this State of HTML5 Audio article may not be for you, but no one else on the web has put so clearly how screwed up audio implementation is in HTML5.

Among the topics are browser format support, playback issues (such as noise introduced during playback), complete lack of audio codecs in some browsers (cough, Android, cough), and more.

Interestingly, the article complains quite loudly about Google Chrome, saying:

Google's Chrome has the worst HTML5 Audio support of all the good Desktop Browsers - that is every Browser but IE. I'm not an audio engineer, but before Browser vendors took their shot at it, my impression of digital audio was that it is a solved problem. I'm amazed that after so many iterations HTML5 Audio is still that broken.

As of this writing (May 2012) Google Chrome now has what might be the best audio functionality of any browser, supporting the new Web Audio API.