embed an mp3 player in your wordpress blog post with WPaudio

One can put an mp3 file into a blog post, creating a clickable link. However, clicking this link will navigate to a new page with the viewer’s system’s default application for listening to mp3 files. It would be preferable to embed a working audio player right into the blog post.
Fortunately, this is readily achievable. There are a number of media players that extend the functionality of blogging platforms to this end. This post describes how to install my favorite such player into a WordPress blog.

I just installed an audio player plugin – WPaudio WordPress MP3 Player Plugin. This is what it looks like:
[wpaudio url=”http://metaversemusician.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Take-A-Little-Time.mp3″]

Here’s how to enhance your WordPress blog to support this player:

  1. Log in to the WordPress Site Administration panel
  2. From the Dashboard, select Plugins > Add New
  3. In the search box, enter ‘wpaudio’ and click the ‘Search Plugins’ button
  4. The search should return ‘WP Audio Player’ select ‘Install’ for this list entry
  5. When the plugin description page opens, click the red ‘Install Now’ button
  6. Once the install completes, click ‘Activate Plugin’

That’s all there is to it! Your blog now provides embedded mp3 players.

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