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    Audio clip in e-mail signature line?

    (Not sure where to post this... here is my first guess... apologies if I am in the wrong place.)
    Greetings,

    A friend wants to be able to add a short (5 seconds) audio clip to her email signature such that it plays automatically when her email is opened.

    Can this be done and, if so, how?

    TIA

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    "I" haven't a clue, but I would discourage her from trying it. That's all I would need to end an email friendship, to have something audio play when I opened the mail!

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    That's pretty much what I said... She says that signature would only used for certain clients/situations and she feels it would be a positive change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobG View Post
    She says that signature would only used for certain clients/situations and she feels it would be a positive change.
    An extremely positive change! It would be the last she would hear from them... (Tell her about the Law of Unintended Consequences. And note tagline.)
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    Most email clients block any form of executable. This would likely include audio files that attempt to play when opened.

    cheers, Paul

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    You mention clients. That infers business relationships. Not only would any IT dept not welcome this, many block executables attached to e-mail. Some flag the entire e-mail and quarantine it until it is verified by a human. Please discourage her from doing this.
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    These type executables also take more bandwidth which is discouraged by most businesses.
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    The post brought up a repressed memory so I verified it...Format>Background>Sound... it was/is right in the command set for Outlook Express!
    I used to send an occasional sound or two to a friend...a novelty that otherwise has a very very short shelf life (cute once, then annoying evermore).

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    For what it's worth, if the recipients use Outlook 2007 or 2010, <object> and <embed> tags, and background sound attributes, are likely to be ignored. In Outlook 2003 and earlier, <object> and <embed> tags are likely to be blocked or may raise an ActiveX security prompt. Not all business correspondents use Outlook, of course, but this extra bit of ear candy may have a limited reach.

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    For heaven's sake (and your friends'/clients' relationship with you) do not do this.
    I would take it as an assault!

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    And another thing

    Along with not including audio clips (apalling idea) it is also wise not to include activex object like scrolling signatures, which are likely to cause an error with some email clients and if you have to include an image in your signature or header host it on your website rather then embedding it in the email. All these things are likely to aggravate your clients.

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    I would put something lke that on a par with coming to a website and it automatically starts playing music, I absolutely HATE that! Unless that website has something I really need, that is almost always the last time I ever visit it. And even if it has something I need, either a product or some information, I get what I need and get out, never to return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaftech View Post
    I would put something lke that on a par with coming to a website and it automatically starts playing music, I absolutely HATE that!
    Glad to hear this expressed as well. Nothing worse than browsing around late at night when 'not a creature is stirring' and BLAM, a website opens with something unbearably loud. AAACK. I keep my sound turned down very low to try to prevent such from happening.

    This brings up the question of why website developers seem to use every audio/visual effect in the book to try to showoff what they know. If it takes too long to load, I probably don't need it anyway. Guess that is NOT a question. Just venting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaftech View Post
    I would put something lke that on a par with coming to a website and it automatically starts playing music, I absolutely HATE that! Unless that website has something I really need, that is almost always the last time I ever visit it. And even if it has something I need, either a product or some information, I get what I need and get out, never to return.
    I agree! It's partly for this reason that I use my computer with the sound turned off. On those occasions when I want sound, I simply push a button and then turn it off again after I'm done with whatever I wanted to hear.

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    Angry Audio clip

    Oh dear, another series of answers by people that just do not understand the question.
    It is not necessary to use an executable file to play music when an email is opened. Surely some of you confirmed office environment users will someday realise ALL the capabilities of a PC. Any music or speech file can be embedded in an email and streamed to the person opening the email. It is also a simple matter to offer the choice to the recipient whether they wish to hear the music/message or not.

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