Title text: It's like they got together and said 'what do we miss most from the internet in 1998? that's right, embedded MIDI!'
Did you ever visit a website that, not long after the page finishes loading, suddenly plays a song? It's annoying to you, but if others are near your vicinity, you will attract a lot of unwanted attention, especially if the song is played at a loud volume. Compounding this would be the possible inappropriateness of the song that is suddenly playing.
The five seconds to stop the music (finding the "pause"/"stop" button, muting the computer audio...) is too long in such an incident.
Since MySpace allows wide customization for members pages, many users have embedded music players which auto-run when the page is visited.
The title text refers to the fact that old pages, back in the late 1990s, used embedded MIDI files. MIDI files may have terrible sound quality (while lossless, it is limited in the amount of sounds that can be reproduced), but, more importantly, MIDI files that are embedded in the page would not only play automatically, but also have no way to stop playing. The viewer would have to leave the website or externally mute the audio.
- [Computer screen showing a myspace page.]
- Oh man, you and everyone in earshot are gonna love the first five seconds of this song!