I apologize up front for bringing the room down a moment with an unabashed non-retro rant; but I feel the need to let loose for a moment about embedding music in blog posts.
I understand that Blogger and other blog providers don't have any desire to make it easy to
Recently, I put up a mix tape of some acid rock songs from the 60s and 70s. Well, that download link is now dead. I suppose I could restore it, but I'm too pissed at the moment. Read my sad and painful experience with posting music and you'll see why (preferably with some sad violin music playing in the background). I'll use one of my favorite 70s rock songs "Hey, Little Girl" by Mahogany Rush to illustrate.
I started by using IMEEM to stick songs on a blog. They were the first to make a player which you could embed in a blog post. Unfortunately, the players became eyesores with tons of ads. Plus, the links would spontaneously die. Then, four months ago IMEEM sold out to MySpace for a measley $1 million and is now a distant memory.
Then I decided to try edublogs. You simply upload your song and embed the player. It couldn't be easier. Unfortunately, your songs appear to have a link life of 2 months before they're dead.
If you're reading this post two months after April 2010, I'll bet that song does not play for you.
Once again, it's easy to use but the player is ugly as sin, and the links are anything but permanent.
I thought I'd finally figured it out with this one. I just uploaded my files to Rapidshare and got a mp3 player to embed.
Looks nice, and it's easy... but there's a downside. For one, Rapidshare is something like $20 for 6 months, and it'll cost you to have the "trafficshare" option to make it easy for people to download and listen to.
For another, Rapidshare is responsible for killing my link to the 70s acid rock mixtape I mentioned earlier. In other words, your links aren't safe there. Rapidshare is widely used, but it's also notorious for killing perfectly good links.
This is what I'm currently working with, and I have high hopes. Perhaps, I'm setting myself up for another disappointment, but it looks promising.
Blip and Lala are also possiblities out there, but I don't think you can embed Blip in Blogger (correct me if I'm wrong), and I haven't had a chance to play much with Lala.
I have a couple requests:
1) If you have some advice on posting mp3s, I would very much appreciate it. Perhaps there's some wonderful way to do it that I am unaware of.
2) If you want to tell me to go to hell for posting mp3s in the first place - this is depriving musicians their livelihood, etc. please save it, for now. My very next post will be on music sharing.... that would be a much better venue to set me straight. I look forward to hearing from you.