Listen up all current and potential future owners of Bed & Breakfast Inns:
If you absolutely insist on having music playing on your website, you need to have a mute button. It needs to be clear and readily evident to even slow-thinking internet users. Furthermore, the darned thing needs to actually work when a user clicks it. Not work for two seconds and then start playing again. Not work only as long as the mouse pointer is hovering over the mute button. If I click mute, the music should stop and stop for good until I say otherwise.
If you don't have tech staff capable of figuring out how to code such a thing--I certainly don't know how to do it but, and this is important, I know it can be done--then please don't put music on the website. Please
I may not like the song you've chosen. I may be at work. I may be using the computer at 1:30 in the morning and don't want to wake up my significant other who I'm trying to surprise with a visit to your inn. I may be listening to other music I actually like and don't want the interference.
The only good reason to have music on a website is when the website belongs to a musician, band, or music producer. Just because you can do it on Myspace doesn't mean it's a good idea generally. All of you who had blaring music I couldn't figure out how to turn off? I just navigated away from your website and won't bother researching whether to stay at your inn or not. You're off the list. I doubt anybody is going to choose your inn on the basis of the music on the website, but you can certainly turn customers off if they can't turn the music off.