The Quick Answer
- Choose whether to embed audio/music from a third-party site or to host your own (podcast).
- To podcast, choose a host to store your audio files, then enable 'Link Fields' in your Settings | Formatting tab.
- Use the link field to enclose audio files in your posts.
If you'd like to put music or audio on your blog, there are many options available to you. First you'll have to decide whether you want to host your own audio files or merely embed them from an existing third-party site.
Embedding music/audio from third-party sites
If you'd like to embed a playlist or functionality from a third-party music service such as Last.fm or Imeem, Blogger's layouts feature makes it easy.
- Visit your Template | Page Elements tab.
- Create a new widget by clicking "Add a Page Element."
- Enter the HTML code provided by your third-party music service into the content window and click "Save Changes."
If you can't find the necessary code, you may have to contact your third-party music service. Feel free to position the page element wherever you'd like.
There are plenty of services to share and embed music available on the web. Here's a list of a few to get you started. Please keep in mind that these services aren't affiliated with Blogger, but we've heard good things about them.
- IODA Promonet
- Project Playlist
If you'd like a way to distribute ongoing recordings of your own, you may be interested in using your existing Blogger feed to create a podcast. Podcasts can be used for a variety of purposes, such as syndicating your own weekly internet talk show or mixtapes. They work by using your blog's existing feed to link to audio files you have hosted on the web. RSS Readers (such as Google Reader or Bloglines) then interpret your links as embedded audio files and provide an interface to play them. Note that your audio files will still be available directly on the blog, too.
To get started, you'll need a place online to store your recordings. Blogger doesn't offer hosting services for audio files at this time; however, there are plenty of providers of online storage space that offer both paid and free hosting services, such as Box.net, MoveDigital, DreamHost, and BlueHost. Once you've uploaded your files to your web host of choice, you'll need to enable enclosure links to link to the file from within a Blogger post. To do so, just go to your Settings | Formatting tab and set the "Show Link fields" option to "Yes." This will add the enclosure link fields to your post editor. When composing a post, you'll then see a field for your enclosures. From there, just enter the URLs of your audio files, and your blog will instantly become a podcast. When viewed with most RSS readers or podcatchers (such as Google Reader, iTunes, or Bloglines), your recordings will appear as embedded music players. It's that easy!
If you'd like to further customize your podcast, you may be interested in checking out FeedBurner. By processing and optimizing your existing Blogger feed, FeedBurner not only offers extensive podcasting options but also the ability to customize, optimize, and monetize your feed and to track the number of listeners subscribed to your podcast.