Thursday, October 14, 2010

How To Embed MP3 in IBM Connections Wiki/Blog

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Recently, I got a question from a colleague wondering how to embed a podcast into a Lotus Connections Blog (or Wiki for that matter). The idea is that readers can listen to the podcast w/out having to download it first to the desktop.

It occurred to me that this may be something that others are wondering about how to do as well. Therefore, I've decided to share the instructions with you.

Updated 29/Jul/2013: This depended on Google Reader which is now sunset.

Here's how you do it:
  1. Upload the MP3 file to IBM Connections
  2. Go to the Blog / Wiki you are editing
  3. Switch over to the HTML view
  4. Paste the following code where you would like to embed the MP3/podcast

    <iframe frameborder="0" height="53" src="http://loop.ly/s?url=MP3_FILE_URL" width="285"></iframe>

  5. To get the URL of the file, right-click on the 'Download now' link and select Copy Shortcut or Copy Link and then replace it where it says: MP3_FILE_URL.
  6. Save the Blog / Wiki
You'll notice that these instructions are pretty similar to what's found here. I used that blog entry and adapted the instructions for IBM Connections, but those instructions pretty much work for any blog/wiki system.

In fact, I've embedded my recent SocialBizUG podcast here:


If you wan to customize the player, go to http://loop.ly and follow the instructions.

Enjoy!
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