In my opinion, the difficulty of embedding actual audible music hinders communicating ideas about music on music.stackexchange.com. Off-site services Youtube and SoundCloud can be used (see YouTube and SoundCloud embedding is now enabled), but that's really quite far from being actually usable for many people - I'd say, most people. Some people are uploading clips to vocaroo.com, which sometimes helps, but it's a bit of a handicapped way too. The clips cannot be embedded, and the site even offers Flash based things when you click the link. And I read somewhere that they'll even delete clips after a while.
With images, it's much easier. You can easily embed png pictures in posts, the pictures are hosted on imgur.com, and it works really well.
So, would it be possible to have hosted audio and MIDI clips on music.stackexchange.com? Even 30 second audio clips with low quality would be of great help. Like the old saying goes, talking about music is like dancing about architecture. With audio or MIDI clips, you could add examples of what the things sound like. Rhythms, melodies, harmonies.
We have countless questions and answers with blabber using "correct" terms for highly regarded theoretical things, but what the things actually sound like, is left to imagination for most people.
Thinking about just myself, I don't have a problem. I'm very skilled in geeky computer things, I have a wide array of music-making tools, screen capture facilities and everything, so I can make fancy Youtube videos, with notation, sequences, audio, animation, you name it. I can even code my own music players and visualization generators if I have to. But the thing is, I've been doing computer and audio/video things all my life, and I don't think it's realistic or fair to demand this from people here.
Anyone agree? Thoughts?