If you’re serious about sharing a set of audio tracks—for example, you’re a band
trying to popularize your work—your best bet is to sign up with a serious musicsharing
The first advantage is that a good music service increases the exposure of your audio
tracks. Casual music browsers may stumble across your work, similar artists may
link to it, and just about anyone can add a comment or click Like, which boosts your
buzz. The second advantage is that you get a number of extras, like the ability to
provide music in different formats for different browsers (without resorting to Flash),
and a sleek jukebox-style player that seamlessly plays a whole set of your songs.
WordPress has built-in support for the following music-sharing services through its
If you have a WordPress.com site or a self-hosted site with the Jetpack plug-in, you
get two extra services courtesy of shortcodes:
• [bandcamp: shortcode must include 'track', 'album', or 'video' param] for audio on Bandcamp
• for audio on 8tracks
Once again, the shortcode syntax varies subtly for each service, so you need to get
the exact details at http://support.wordpress.com/shortcodes.
To embed your SoundCloud content in a WordPress post, browse to the song or
playlist you want to use, and then copy the URL out of the address bar. Here’s the
URL that creates the music player in Figure 10-22:
If you want to adjust the size of the SoundCloud player, use the shortcode
with the height and width attributes.