[This is the second version of this tutorial. It might look familiar, but is quite different (in that it should work for everyone). A big shout-out to Juan for finding an amicable file host.]
For those interested in taking advantage of WordPress.com’s great new audio player, but are not sure how — and/or don’t want to pay to do so — here’s one way that’s both free and easy.
Afterwards you’ll be able to do this with any .mp3 on your computer (click play):
Artist: The Can Kickers | Song: Froggy Went a Courtin’
1.) Sign up at WebMusicTown. I’m not affiliated with this site in any way. Nor do I know much about them — other than they host audio files for free (1o gigs!) and allow remote access without any shenanigans. (That we’ve seen yet.)
2.) Click on create new playlist.
3.) Fill out your music genre etc., and make sure you check the box to allow public access to your file. Then click the ‘save and upload mp3s’ button at the bottom.
4.) Click browse and choose the file you want to upload. Click ‘Add MP3,’ and be patient as the transfer process has no graphic to track its process.
5.) Once the file is up, right-click on its hypertext. Mac users: select ‘Copy link location.’ PC-ers: choose ‘copy shortcut.’
6.) Final steps. Get into your WordPress.com dashboard and create a new post or a new page.
7.) Select the code tab, not the visual tab.
8.) Paste the URL into the following template:
- It should look something like this in your editor:
9.) Make sure there are no spaces anywhere — except one after the word ‘audio’.
10.) Publish and enjoy!