Using sounds in your page

Using sounds in your page

This is a very brief introduction to the use of sounds in Web pages. Only sound files that can be played by modern browsers, without helper applications, are covered here.

Sound file formats

See the Wikipedia for an overview of the various sound file formats, and this comprehensive list of audio file formats. The impact of MP3 on the Internet cannot be ignored. You can also read more about audio resources on the Web Resources for Web Workers. We are only concerned in this tutorial with three types of file formats: Both are supported by internal sound players in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

This tutorial will also not cover how to acquire existing sound files to use in your Web page. For sources in this topic and a collection of sound files in the Web go to the Sites with audio clips. You can use Switch basic free edition to convert between various sound formats.


This page is maintained by Al Bento who can be reached at This page was last updated on February 22, 2010. Although we will attempt to keep this information accurate, we can not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.