Obviously you have missed the point of the original question,which indicates that I have expressed it badly. iPhone I guess is a bit of a red herring. Let's forget about the iPhone
By embedding a sound file into an html web page, I can create a script which updates a data file elsewhere on the (Apache) server, page is published and the sound file plays automatically.
My question is, if the sound file is accessed directly is there a way that I can register that access and update my data file accordingly?
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