Embed Playable Audio Into A Facebook Status

March 19, 2012 · 85 comments

in Facebook

Sounds So Sweet!

Did you know that just like video you can easily get audio files to have a player available on Facebook?

It’s a pretty cool and easy trick that doesn’t get talked about often but when you need it makes a superb impression!

Facebook actually handles embedded audio really well (much to my original surprise).

If you share a link that ends in .mp3 (such as your media link will after you upload it to Amazon S3), that shared link will open an audio player for your friends/fans.

That was the result of sharing my podcast file URL after I loaded it to Amazon S3 for this test. (I do not recommend that your podcast files be streamed from Amazon S3.) http://podcastlibrary.s3.amazonaws.com/001-STTFM.mp3 See how the URL ends in .mp3?

This is essentially similar to how sharing a YouTube link opens a video player.

Same idea.

What this also means is that you can share your podcast feed to your page/profile using a tool like RSS Graffiti and each item will have an audio player. (This is occasionally buggy but usually works well.)

Want to quickly record short (sub-five minute) audios from your mobile phone and auto-post them to Facebook? Check out Audioboo which handles the mobile application, hosting, social sharing and takes advantage of a similar player on Facebook.

Have you tried using audio on Facebook yet? 

~ Kim ~
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83 comments
LeanneChesser
LeanneChesser

I was just going to record something using SoundCloud and post it on my Facebook page, but then wondered if I could actually post it to Facebook. So, of course I Googled it And, of course your post came up :). Now I know I can. Thanks, Kim. 

Nehara
Nehara

Actually i'm using "cloudapp" to upload mp3 music to facebook. but under my mp3 is not Appear a play button upper like you! please can any one give me the solution for me!!!

i'm waiting for your answer. thanking you very much!!

Caryn Elizabeth
Caryn Elizabeth

Just to clarify Kim, if I load it to you tube, it must be a video, correct? I presently use Box.com to upload my audios to. They have an embed code option, as well as a phone option, a share feature and an email share feature. I have been able to embed the whole file of audios on my website as well. I looked high and low for the software program I found that does have an embed feature so that it allows the listener to stay on facebook, which I feel is preferable. I'll double check to see if it was sound cloud that did that! So many programs.. so many changes,, right? Ok thanks for the great techy help! You're the best! Keep it up! CE

eduardo valenzuels
eduardo valenzuels

has this been fixed? after the timeline was introuduce I havent been able to see a player on facebook. please help.

Jeff Stanley
Jeff Stanley

I've got my audio files parked at fileden.com, but posting the URL to the mp3 in Facebook, it just shows the text.

George
George

When i try using this tip i used cloudapp. I got the blue play button, but as soon as i press it - it tells me "undefined". Any idea what the issue is?

Thanks

George

Shahid
Shahid

Yahhoo........enjoying post....something very unique which i dint even think......The method you mentioned is work....Great Job..!!

Anoop Sudhakaran
Anoop Sudhakaran

Audio embedding is something that I haven't heard much about on Facebook. Since Spotify Music is limited to certain countries Sharing Music on Facebook is restricted. The method you mentioned is a great way for all to enjoy similar feature.

Clint Butler
Clint Butler

Kim, great information. I can't recall that I have ever seen anyone post an audio recording on Facebook. I will have to try it out and see what my results will be. Thank you!

Pastor Sherry
Pastor Sherry

Hey, this is cool! I don't have a way right now to do video, but if I can find my digital recorder, maybe I can get something going with this. I'd never even thought about it, frankly! Thanks for posting!

facebook_MrStephenRobinson
facebook_MrStephenRobinson

I've used this facility for a while now, but it doesn't seem to work on the new Timeline mode :(

Stefan
Stefan

How did I not know this was possible? I've actually devoted large blocks of tame to converting audio files into video just so that I could upload them to youtube. This will save me a load of time. Thanks.

Galen Morgigno
Galen Morgigno

Hi Kim, Interesting post here on adding a audio file to your facebook profile page. Certainly going to give it a try! Thanks

Cynthia
Cynthia

I know that we should take advantage of everything that is offered to us, but I have to admit that I hate sound online.

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

I'm thrilled that sound cloud worked out well for you. Would you mind replying back and sharing any notes or hints for sound cloud you might have, with the readers here?

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Unfortunately, Facebook has removed the native player and seems to have no interest in bringing it back. I recommend going to the REPORT tab (not the wall) and filing a bug report at http://facebook.com/knownissues so they know that many of us wish they'd sort this out.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Unfortunately, you are correct that they removed the native player with the introduction of Timeline. I do not know why they did that but it's aggravating everyone. Upload your personal audio to somewhere that has an app available such as either youtube or soundcloud or audioboo and that will get you an inline player though not as quickly as this old method did.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Caryn, unfortunately, since this post was wrote, Facebook has made changes and removed the native audio player. You can upload your audio to soundcloud, audioboo or youtube and then share it from there to get a player.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Jeff, since right after Timelines were introduced, this has been broke. I'm not sure what the ETA might be on fixing it. I know it's driving lots of people nuts!

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

No idea George. If you're using CloudApp you're not actually using this tip. I suggest you talk to them about what the issue might be.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Hey Cynthia, I don't think there's any reason to hate admitting that. All of us have our preferred online experience! Me personally, I prefer text as I'm often listening either to training audios in another window or to music streaming. However, audios and videos both are highly impactful and so I do make them part of my marketing workflow!

Kim

Ian D
Ian D

Hi Kim,

I must be missing something. When I do a post into facebook with the .mp3 link, all it does is display the link and not the player.

Where am I going wrong? Does it have to be physically shared from another profile of something?

thanks,

ian

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Ian, this post is old. FB removed their player. Take your mp3 file and upload it to Soundcloud and then share it via Soundcloud onto your FB page and it will have a player.

Kim