Before HTML5, audio files could only be played in a browser with a plug-in (like flash).
The HTML5 <audio> element specifies a standard way to embed audio in a web page.
To play an audio file in HTML, use the <audio> element:
<source src="horse.ogg" type="audio/ogg">
<source src="horse.mp3" type="audio/mpeg">
Your browser does not support the audio element.
The controls attribute adds audio controls, like play, pause, and volume.
The <source> element allows you to specify alternative audio files which the browser may choose from. The browser will use the first recognized format.
The text between the <audio> and </audio> tags will only be displayed in browsers that do not support the <audio> element.
In HTML5, there are 3 supported audio formats: MP3, Wav, and Ogg.
The browser support for the different formats is:
|File Format||Media Type|
HTML5 defines DOM methods, properties, and events for the <audio> element.
This allows you to load, play, and pause audios, as well as set duration and volume.
There are also DOM events that can notify you when an audio begins to play, is paused, etc.
|<audio>||Defines sound content|
|<source>||Defines multiple media resources for media elements, such as <video> and <audio>|