Today I got reminded about a good lesson that sounds on websites can be pretty annoying. Especially if the sound is launched automatically. I suppose some Flash sites might use sound and music, but even them should have some sort of mute button or make sure it doesn’t annoy people. You have to have a site where people expect to hear sounds and listen to music, otherwise it’s probably not such a good move to put sound on your site.
Yesterday I attached a multimedia player to GameProducer.net, and today I read comments that some people didn’t like playing sound without warnings (and to be honest: I’d hate that too, but for some reason I just didn’t see this coming). Sorry folks, and sorry for everybody reading this via syndicated feeds – now the sound doesn’t play anymore.
Websites and sounds don’t mix up well (excluding cases when doing promotions or having some multimedia sites where people expect to hear sounds and music). Thanks Kyle bringing this up, and thanks for David for eliminating the sound from the multimedia player’s intro screen.