Embed Playable Audio Into A Facebook Status

March 19, 2012 · 83 comments

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Embed Playable Audio Into A Facebook Status

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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Frithjof March 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Wow and here I searched everywhere for a solution to this, converted sound files into audio and all that jazz….
Thanks for sharing Kim!
BTW Soundcloud works well with FB for sounds and you can add an image too

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Kim Castleberry March 24, 2012 at 12:53 am

Hey Frithjof, I’m familiar with the soundcloud app but I was not familiar with the ability to add an image to go with the audio. That makes sense as most tracks are album image tagged naturally. Soundcloud has a really good community and strong app for sure and functions as the hosting for the file if I recall correctly which is different than this feature in that way.
Kim

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Frithjof March 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I often go to concerts or events and record a track with my iPhone Soundcloud app – then I snap a picture and it uploads it to Soundcloud – I can then share it real time on Facebook, Twitter and even Foursquare http://soundcloud.com/frith64

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Jesslie March 20, 2012 at 3:26 am

I think a lot of people knows already about how to embed a music player in facebook…But sometimes, I just link it to youtube…Anyway, thanks for this…

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Kenny Fabre March 20, 2012 at 5:23 am

Kim
I will definitely try this, audio is a powerful way of getting your voice out there

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Lisa March 20, 2012 at 5:30 am

I did not know this – very interesting. I have been reading more about podcasting and it’s benefits. I may give it a shot since I don’t like seeing myself in video :)

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Kim Castleberry March 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hey Lisa, one thing you might like about Audioboo is that you can record it once and have it not only share to Twitter & FB but also have embed code for your blog. Definitely might be a tool worth looking up for you if you don’t want to go podcast format but decide you like audios.
Kim

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Amrik Virdi March 20, 2012 at 5:37 am

Woah! Thanks for the tips.. I will sure try it and upload an audio and shock my friend ;) thanks for sharing

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Kim Castleberry March 24, 2012 at 12:51 am

Hehehe Amrik, sounds like you have some fun planned for the audios! I bet your friends will love it!
Kim

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Anonymous March 20, 2012 at 6:52 am

I have not tried to share or post an embedded audio on Facebook! I am as shocked as you are, this is in fact the first time I have heard about this. I have no encountered a post with embedded audio but I will surely try this one out.

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Melissa March 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I like this feature greatly! I can place any of my favorite songs here and listen to it and show it to other people

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Steven Hennigan March 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Wow, Sounds good Kim! Never knew Facebook could do that! Gotta get on it right now, got somethings I’d like to post myself. Facebook has just changed their format which I like better than the old. do you have any training available with this new posting skill you have just shared?
Pretty neat,
Thanks!

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Kevin Martineau March 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Hi Kim:

This looks like a very cool Facebook feature. I may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing about this!

Kevin

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Kim Castleberry March 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

You’re certainly welcome Kevin. It’s one of those hidden gems that not everyone needs but sometimes is just really really nice to have available. Appreciate you stopping in!
Kim

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Nile March 21, 2012 at 3:37 am

I really like when I podcast and the audio player shows up in Facebook for my posts. I do use RSS Graffitti…. you originally sent me in that direction…lol.
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Kim Castleberry March 24, 2012 at 12:44 am

Owen told me it’s all being done with HTML5 which I can certainly believe. It’s really neat to see the web “growing up” and gaining more dynamic flexibility for things like this.
Kim

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Herbert March 21, 2012 at 4:22 am

Hi Kim, this one seems good as I love music so much :D Just one question, does it need to have a .mp3 extension?

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Kim Castleberry March 24, 2012 at 12:42 am

Herbert, I honestly don’t know if a .wav file will open the player or not. There’s a good chance it will. I feel its unlikely that other file types like ogg will open correctly but it is a possibility worth looking into. When you find out would you let me know?
Kim

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Melodie Kantner March 21, 2012 at 5:54 am

Thanks Kim. I think this will be a useful tool to share my EFT clips on my EFT Fan page.

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Kim Castleberry March 24, 2012 at 12:37 am

Oh Melodie, that would actually be a really great use of this! That’s EXACTLY the sort of thing this is made for!
Kim

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Rick Salas March 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

Wow, this is pretty cool. I didn’t know you could embed an MP3 on Facebook. It’s really helpful for getting important information out there. People love mP3s. Thanks for explaining how to do it Kim!

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Kim Castleberry March 24, 2012 at 12:35 am

Hey Rick, for a long time this was one of the spots that Myspace dramatically trumped Facebook. Today Myspace still actually has the upper hand on audios since you can upload them right into myspace and not have to host them elsewhere. However, this is a step in the right direction while keeping FB protected from legal claims regarding copyright infringement and hosting copyright protected material. I wonder what’s next!
Kim

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Buddy Hodges March 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thanks for the tip, Kim, and thanks for sharing the tools. I can hardly wait to try it. First I need to think of something to say ;-) I expect that adding audio and video embeds to Facebook will really jazz up the status updates.

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alicia March 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

This is awesome. Another easy way to connect with people. I thought it was more complicated, thanks Kim. You always thinking about ways to help us promote our businesses.

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Kim Castleberry March 24, 2012 at 12:31 am

Thanks Alicia! It’s always fun to get to do a little show and tell!
Kim

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Cynthia March 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

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

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Kim Castleberry March 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

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

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Galen Morgigno March 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

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

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Stefan March 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

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.

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facebook_MrStephenRobinson March 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

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

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Pastor Sherry March 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

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!

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Clint Butler March 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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!

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Anoop Sudhakaran March 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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.

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Shahid March 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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

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George April 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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

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Kim Castleberry April 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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

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Jeff Stanley May 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

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

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Kim Castleberry May 22, 2012 at 5:31 am

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

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Caryn Elizabeth October 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Hi Kim, I tried what you said. Here is the link but it didn’t work as you suggested. What do I need to do? https://s3.amazonaws.com/ISInspirationSunday/Inspiration+Sunday/IS+14.Support+Do+Not+Compare+Yourself+Matt+6.6.mp3

Caryn Elizabeth

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Kim Castleberry October 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

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

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eduardo valenzuels October 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

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

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Kim Castleberry October 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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

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Kim Castleberry October 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

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

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Caryn Elizabeth October 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

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

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Kim Castleberry October 28, 2012 at 2:57 am

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

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Ian D January 9, 2013 at 8:02 am

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

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Kim Castleberry January 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

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

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Nehara March 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm

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!!

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