WordPress MP3 Audio Player

A customer asked me to install an MP3 player into their WordPress blog. I searched the WP Plugins directory for “mp3 player” and found several that either had too many features or required you to jump through hoops to get an audio file into place.  Many required use of manually constructed [tags] to insert the player into a page.

I was determined to find MP3 player software that;

1. is simple enough so a novice blogger could follow all the normal WP docs and not have to fuss with settings, secret codes, FTP uploads or other work-arounds, and;

2.  can play an MP3 audio file without users having to download or install other software, and;

3. didn’t take the reader off page, (or off site), or cause a “pop-up player” to launch.

After trying several other plugins and trying to integrate a javascript stand-alone player, I started clicking around through music related forums and stumbled across a post recommending Martin Lane’s WordPress Audio Player, (v2.0).  …and I highly recommend it too! It’s simple, clean and non-intrusive — and best of all, it works!

And now…. Mrs. G.A. Griffin, (1939*), calling livestock…

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

*NOTE: the scratchy sounds are NOT from the player — these clips were recorded in 1939 by John & Ruby Lomax during their Southern U.S.A. ethnographic field collection of audio recordings.

To demonstrate using more than one player per post, here’s another fine Lomax clip to listen to:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The WordPress Audio Player can be used with the default settings, (and it will appear as it does here), or can be easily customized to change the look and functionality of the player.

In addition, there are settings to prefix or append other audio clips to an MP3, (e.g.- to run an audio advertisement before a clip plays, or run a clip with comments or credits after an MP3 plays).

There are more features including ones specific to managing podcasts and for other uses of MP3 audio files on a blog.

Audio MP3 Source: Lomax Collection, Library of Congress


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9 comments on “WordPress MP3 Audio Player
  1. Chuck says:

    It does not work on WP 2.9+. I’ve tried everything in the book and beyond, and it simply will not show up at all on the post.

  2. Randy Harris says:

    Hi Chuck,

    Maybe you didn’t notice — this site is (currently) running WordPress v2.9.2… works fine. Must be something else. Possibly another plugin is conflicting with how your blog handles MP3 audio files, or a setting in WP itself.


  3. Pat says:

    Thanks so much! Exactly what I was looking for. I did not want anything complicated since I’m a newbie. It worked for me in WP 2.9.2!

    I would love to know how to put the player and an image in an iframe? since it’s so hard to line the 2 up in a blog post.

  4. Randy Harris says:

    You should be able to wrap the image and the audio player in a DIV tag and center them, eg-

    <div stlye=”text-align:center; width:400px;”>
    <img src=”example.jpg width=”400″ height=”300″ border=”1″ alt=”this is a picture”>
    [audio:http://example.com/test.mp3|titles=This is Test Music]

  5. Ingo says:


    I managed to integrate the player on my website, but I couldn´t manage to have 2 players play individually, like on your page here.

    When I start the second player it always plays additionally to the first player already running and won´t stop the first one to play. How can I manage this?

    Thanks in advance

  6. Randy Harris says:

    Hi Ingo,

    Starting a second copy of this player should stop the first one. I’m not sure if they’ve “updated” the code and now it’s doesn’t, …(this post is about a year old).

    If you’re looking for a “jukebox” style player, (one that will let you load a playlist and start/stop individual MP3’s in an organized way), try the Wimpy MP3 player (or one of their other products). http://www.wimpyplayer.com/


  7. Ingo says:

    Hi Randy,

    thanks for your answer. I had started again from scratch (which many times is better than searching for a mistake) and suddenly it worked. Maybe I had missed sth. in my first attempt or simply had mistyped sth. – but now it´s fine!

    Thanks also for your recommendation of the other player – I will have a look.

    Best regards

  8. Laurie says:

    Does ANYONE 1) know how to get in touch w/Plaino Wimpy Rave customer support? I have submitted multiple tickets and have received NO response! or 2) HOW TO connect a shopping cart system to Wimpy Rave using WordPress? I am not technical and cannot find super easy instructions. Gosh, any any any help would be so very much appreciated!

  9. Randy Harris says:

    Hi Laurie,

    Support has always been a problem with Plano / Wimpy products. Here’s a link to a thread I started four years ago with similar complaints: http://www.webmasterworld.com/video/3787503.htm

    (I hope my pointing this out will shame Plano into offering actual support — it’s paid software that I used to recommend to my customers, and have now found supported replacements for most of their offerings — Wimpy / Wave / Wasp, etc are nice if you can use them “as is” — but if you need support, fagetaboutit).

    Sorry I can’t be of more help — I have abandoned all use of Wimpy / Plano software for this very reason. Maybe someone seeing this and still using the software will reply.

    Good luck.


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