How do I stream a MP3/M4a file stored in DropBox?
Edit the default sharing URL supplied by DropBox
You will need a mp3/m4a file, stored in a DropBox folder.
Locate this file, right click and select "copy DropBox link". This will place the URL for the selected file in your clipboard. Example:
Using the supplied URL will result in DropBox's presumption that you want to download the cloud-stored file. In many cases this is correct. For this purpose, however, it is not - we want to stream the file contents (and audio file) to listen to it live.
To do this we need to edit the supplied URL, removing the last few characters "?dl=0" replacing it with the character "?raw=1". Example:
This revised URL can then be used in any of the message fields in BlindSquare. You can expect a short delay while the connection to DropBox is completed.
The example above is associated with a QR used to amplify the message provided visually on a conference poster. This, provides not-only added information for sighted readers but makes the information on the poster fully accessible when the printed BlindSquare QR is read.