How do I get Widgetbox's "Flash MP3 Player" to recognize my XSPF file?

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I am trying to get the "Flash MP3 Player" Widget (from Widgetbox) to correctly render an XSPF file. (I realize you may not offer advice on Widgets.)

I have already been able to embed a working Flash Player with the appropriate tracklist on my website, so I know that the MP3s are uploaded correctly, and both the SFW and XSPF files are working.

But I would love to instead load this very same playlist into Widgetbox's "Flash MP3 Player" Widget since it is so simple and attractive.

The temporary page given below includes the Flash I got to work, followed by the not-working Widget:
http://www.kylegullings.com/playlist.php

I have tried these two URLs when creating the Widget:
http://www.kylegullings.com/resources...

http://www.kylegullings.com/resources...

Note: I am an HTML novice and hadn't heard of XSPF before today. Any thoughts?
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Kyle

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I have added a lot of additional details to the following test page:

http://www.kylegullings.com/playlist.php

It includes my original .xspf file's URL and full text (at the bottom), as well as a record of my various failed attempts.

Any ideas?
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Hi Kyle

I wish I could help you with this but I am not familiar with this kind of stuff. I've sent an email to Support asking them to come on board and help you with this. Hopefully in a little while, someone will be able to figure out what is going on with your flash mp3 player. Thanks for being so patient and providing such detailed information. This really helps to troubleshoot the problem.
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Kyle

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Thanks a lit, littleus. My first time posting on Yola's help forum, so here's hoping! (I realize I may need to settle for some other player.)
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Hi Kyle

Thank you for posting your question. We are happy to have you and encourage you to keep discussing your site building questions with us.

Unfortunately on this one we are a little bit stumped as it pertains to a third party widget. You will need to contact the developer for help.

Widgetbox has a forum here in Get Satisfaction that you can try: http://getsatisfaction.com/widgetbox

Please post this question there, as they will be in the best position to advise you.

Normally we are more useful at helping people, but this one is a little out of our scope, so please don't give up on us :)
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Thanks for your quick reply!

I didn't realize Widgetbox had its own Get Satisfaction forum. If that route proves useful, I'll post a link here to that thread.
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If I'm understanding everything correctly, this particular widget (Flash MP3 Player) won't work using an XSPF playlist hosted through Yola. For more info, you can view my Widgetbox question thread here:
http://getsatisfaction.com/widgetbox/...

It seems that yola.com does not recognize the correct MIME type of XSPF files (application/xspf+xml rather than text/plain, audio/xspf, or text/xml). Because of this, an XSPF file hosted at Yola does not function properly, at least not with this widget.

***Is there any way Yola could be configured to universally recognize the application/xspf+xml MIME type? Again, I don't really know much about this, so maybe that's not possible.***

I also could not find any free file hosting alternative that allows manual configuration of MIME types. In short, no working XSPF file means no playlist generated in the widget.

The widget developer offered a great solution that involves uploading a small PHP file along with the XSPF file (see linked thread above). Unfortunately, Yola does not allow PHP uploads, so this won't work.

Whew! So... While I wait to hear about that XSPF MIME type configuration, I will try this instead:

1.) Create a new (hidden) webpage that includes my playlist's mp3s
2.) Create an RSS feed of that page, and
3.) Input that feed URL through the Flash MP3 Player widget.

If you're a user looking to do the same, I hope this helps!