Embedding content, Media, Shortcodes

Audio

You can share audio (like a piece of music, podcast, or other sound files) on your WordPress.com site in a variety of ways.

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Add an Audio Player to Posts and Pages

The simplest method is to upload the audio to your page or post using the Audio block. This is available on any paid WordPress.com plan. Here’s how it looks:

An example of an Audio block

To add an Audio block, click the + block inserter icon and select the Audio block. You can then upload .mp3, .m4a, .ogg, or .wav files using the block. Here’s a more detailed guide on how to use this block.


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Podcasting

You can publish podcasts on your WordPress.com site and make them available for listeners in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and through direct feed links for other podcasting apps. See our podcasting guide.

You can also embed a podcast episode or feed from another source using the Podcast Player block. Here’s an example:

Episode 29: Dylan Field, Figma Co-founder, Talks Design, Digital Economy, and Remote Culture with Host Connie Yang Distributed.blog

The latest episode of the Distributed podcast pairs Dylan Field, Figma’s CEO and Co-founder, and guest host Connie Yang, Head of Payments Design at Stripe. Join a discussion on design, instilling remote culture, and the digital economy, including Field's perspective on the role of design in technology. “We’ve gone from a physical economy to a digital economy. I don’t think these are new trends or new things that happen but now, all of a sudden it happened all at once, and accelerated massively,” he says.More Subscribe to Distributed at Pocket Casts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RSS, or wherever you like to listen.
  1. Episode 29: Dylan Field, Figma Co-founder, Talks Design, Digital Economy, and Remote Culture with Host Connie Yang
  2. Episode 28: Erica Pandey of Axios on Returning to Work
  3. Distributed by Default: Matt Mullenweg on The Knowledge Project
  4. Episode 27: Leading with Values: Sid Sijbrandij joins Matt Mullenweg to talk about GitLab, Transparency and Growing a Distributed Company
  5. Hiring For Distributed Companies & Angel Investing: This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis

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Embed from Spotify

Embed songs, playlists, podcasts, and more from the popular streaming service Spotify. Here’s an example:

Read our Spotify guide for more.


Embed from SoundCloud, Audiomack, 8tracks, Mixcloud, and Bandcamp

You can embed audio with the SoundCloud Audio Player. This will produce the following player:

Similar integrations are available for Audiomack, 8tracks, Mixcloud, and Bandcamp.


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Audio Playlists (Widget Only)

The Music Player widget is available to sites with a paid WordPress.com plan to add an audio playlist to the sidebar or footer of your site.

  1. From My Site(s) → Appearance → Customize → Widgets, add the Music Player widget into a widget area.
  2. Click Choose songs to upload your audio files.

You can use the shortcode created in the Music Player box to embed the playlist on any post, page, or widget area. Just copy the shortcode and paste it wherever you want the player to appear.


Dark Styling & Customizing the Playlist Audio Player

You can toggle between the dark and the light color schemes by adding style="dark" to your shortcode (which is generated with the playlist editor, above).  For example:

[playlist ids="123,121,119,117,115,113,111,109" style="dark"]

For additional customization of your Audio Player, you can use Custom CSS to make your playlist look the way you want with CSS.


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Create a download link to a file hosted elsewhere. This will require your readers to save and play the sound file on their own computers. If you are uploading or linking to a file hosted elsewhere, please be sure to respect the wishes of the copyright holder.


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