Continuous background music (mp3 audio) in e-pub (indesign)

New Here ,
Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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I'm working on an ePub (fixed layout) and I want to add music that will start at the first page and continue through all of the ebook pages (and loop allover again) - can it be done? how?

I tried to add "media" at the fist page - check the  "play on load" and "loop" (didn't checked the ""stop on page turn) but the music stops after the page turn...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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Moving to InDesign EPUB forum

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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Have a look at CircularFLO: https://www.circularflo.com/

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New Here ,
Nov 15, 2020 Nov 15, 2020

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Heh, did you ever get a reply? I would like to do the same 

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Guide ,
Nov 15, 2020 Nov 15, 2020

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It is possible to play continuous audio in the background of an epub. Either by manual coding, or by using a third-party product. Aside from CircularFLO, another alternative is PubCoder. 

 

PubCoder imports the FXL epub from InDesign, and in the project settings an option is available to have an audio file playing across the entire book. Works in the Apple readers, as well as Thorium (Win, Mac, Linux). 

 

PubCoder is great, but has one caveat that it will not support InDesign's animation or interactivity features. The workflow is different: create your static FXL book in InDesign, import in PubCoder, add the animations and interactivity, export. Works very, very well. Unlike CircularFLO it is available for Windows and Mac. And very affordable.

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New Here ,
Nov 16, 2020 Nov 16, 2020

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Thank you for this - I will take a look. A shame Adobe hasn't added it yet but will investigate the options you've mentioned. SJ 

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New Here ,
Nov 21, 2021 Nov 21, 2021

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Hi! Were able to figure this out by any chance?

I am looking to have continuos audio playing througout my ePub as well, but haven't had any luck! 

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Nov 15, 2020 Nov 15, 2020

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Audio restarts as you change pages. So you can just stay in one page, and design the ePub so there is an internal navigation that allows you to go forward in you pages/slides  (MSO).

How about that?

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Thanks - I'm not sure that would work for my current project but something to consider in future. Thanks again 🙂

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New Here ,
Jul 28, 2022 Jul 28, 2022

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Hi there, was this ever figured out. I am looking to do the same thing ans have the same issues but in online dgital publishing.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 28, 2022 Jul 28, 2022

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This is almost entirely a reader-dependent idea; audio is very irregularly supported in EPUB and multifunction readers and a generic 'EPUB' solution isn't likely to work across any large number of them.

 

And not to second guess anyone's design, but I can't imagine wanting to/tolerating an audio loop playing across even a few pages of a brochure. Not sure this is a... thought-out design element or need.

 

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (Amazon)

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Jul 28, 2022 Jul 28, 2022

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In my case the music element is important as the slideshow acts almost as a film trailer. - This feature doesnt seem to be supported though via Adobe digital publishing. I was hoping maybe if I added the music track to a master page it would work but that also doesn't seem to be the case. 

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Step 1: Don't use ADP. It's in the very bottom tier of EPUB readers.

 

Unless you have a very specific and controlled presentation — that is, if you are not going to release this as a general-audience EPUB — I'd design for proper operation on Thorium Reader and then, if necessary, tweak it for any other major platform.

 

It is still going to take fairly deep EPUB surgery to make a file play continuously, I think. As noted, the audio feature is designed to work page by page and you will have to find a way to override that.

 

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (Amazon)

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