Copying & Pasting a Playlist for Tumblr

by Randall Blackburn
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The method for copying and pasting a playlist for your Tumblr music player depends on how you intend to use the playlist. For example, to use the playlist as background music for your blog, generate the player widget with the playlist embedded in the code, then copy and paste the playlist and player widget into your Tumblr theme. Online music services like Hypster and Grooveshark enable you to generate Tumblr widgets for your hosted playlists. To post the playlist for your followers to enjoy on their own timelines, publish the Share URL for the playlist in an audio post.

Playlist in Post

Log in to your streaming music account, click the playlist to share on Tumblr, click the “Share” or a similar link to display the Share URL, select the URL, and then click “Copy” if the option is available. You can also press “Ctrl-C” to copy the URL to your clipboard.

Open your Tumblr dashboard, and then click the “Audio” post icon to open a New Audio Post form.

Click the “External URL” tab to open the URL input box.

Click inside the URL field, and then press “Ctrl-V” to paste the Share URL.

Type an optional description in the Description box, and then add tags, if desired.

Click “Post” to publish the playlist.

Player and Playlist Widget Code

Log in to your Tumlbr-supported music sharing site account, and then create the playlist you want to post on Tumblr.

Follow the instructions on the site to generate the Tumblr widget code for the playlist.

Copy the HTML code to your clipboard by clicking the “Copy” button or by selecting all characters, and then pressing “Ctrl-C.”

Open your Tumblr Dashboard, click the link for the blog that will host the playlist in the right menu panel, and then click the “Customize” link to open the blog theme in Edit mode.

Right-click in the “Description” box in the "Customize" menu, and then click “Paste” to paste the HTML into the Description box. The player displays under the header image in your blog’s main page. Note that you can embed the widget directly in the HTML code if you want to place the player in another location -- click “Edit HTML,” and then paste the widget in the desired location. Click “Update Preview” to preview the player in the center pane. Click “Play” to test your new playlist.

Click the “Save” button to save the settings, and then click “Exit” to close Edit mode. Your new playlist is now installed.


Note that if you use a player like Streampad that automatically plays all audio posts on your blog, change your playlist by adding, deleting and re-ordering your audio posts on your blog.

If you use a player like SCM player that accepts playlists from multiple sharing sites, simply replace the URL in the player widget with the Share URL for your new playlist.


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About the Author

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.

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