How do I add music to my blog?

Before I tell you how to add music to your blog, I have to discourage you from doing it. It’s a personal pet peeve of mine. I will immediately click away from any site or blog that insists on having me listen to their music–even if I have the option of turning it down or completely off. It’s an extra distracting step and I don’t mess with it.

In addition, many people don’t like music on web sites or blogs not only because it’s distracting, but because it’s a bandwidth hog and it can take forever to download.

Still want to include music on your blog? OK. It’s your blog, after all.

11 Responses

  1. Ginny August 7, 2007 / 12:55 am

    That is my biggest pet peeve with blogging. I cannot stand music on blogs, especially the ones that you cannot turn it off. I also usually just shut it down. Unless you have a blog strictly for friends & family, I suggest not using music on it. I don’t mind when people have lists like there top 10 Ipod shuffle, etc. I just hate when it comes blaring on when I click a link to the blog.

  2. Awesome Mom August 7, 2007 / 12:56 am

    My first though on reading the title of this post was “why would you want to?” I am glad that you are an the same page as I am when it comes to music on a blog.

  3. ukrainiac August 7, 2007 / 2:08 am

    I totally agree with your comments on adding music to your blog. I am always surprised when I hear the music come on (frequently checking blogs while doing something else), and my first reaction is to shut it down.

  4. kim from hiraeth August 7, 2007 / 7:18 am

    I had to stop visiting one of my favorite blogs when she added music. Every time I clicked over to her blog, my browser would freeze up. Couldn’t even click away and had to shut down and reboot.

    Can’t even read her blog in a feed reader because she only publishes the first few lines of her posts. I’ve wondered if she still has the music and have been tempted to go see if she’s given it up, but the whole shut down and reboot thing keeps me from it.

  5. Barbara H. August 7, 2007 / 8:32 am

    I don’t mind it too much if it’s easy to find and turn off. I don’t like having to scroll down someone’s sidebar to find the music controls — if they’re going to have them, I’d rather they were at the top.

  6. Jeana August 7, 2007 / 8:51 am

    Ditto. Can’t stand it. Will click away and never come back. One blog I read put something in the sidebar with her favorite songs that you could click on if you want to start it; if you don’t click, it remains silent. Perfect option if you have to have the tunes.

  7. Verronica August 7, 2007 / 9:09 am

    Another reason not to do it: some folks read blogs at work, and the music lets everybody know they aren’t really working.

  8. Barb August 8, 2007 / 9:12 pm

    I’ll go against the grain (and the general concensus) here. I think this answer and the comments on this post are harsh.

    I honestly don’t mind running into music on blogs. If I don’t like it, I have a mute button on my keyboard.

    It’s true that running into music on a blog can cause your computer to freeze up or just load slowly. But that only happens about 10% of the time. I’m not going to just automatically back out of a friend’s blog because her music video caused me a little problem I was easily able to overcome. It’s not like her music crashed my computer.

    Some of the loveliest blogs I read have beautiful Christian or classical music playing, all the time.

  9. Meredith from Merchant Ships August 14, 2007 / 3:05 pm

    um, perhaps I should read the comment directly above mine before praising the call for quiet blogs!

    I;ve had one too many nursing to sleep babies rudely awakened by boisterous Christian music : )

  10. Paul May 16, 2011 / 2:23 pm

    If your site is related to music, then you must include at least one small Media Player in site. This will help user to listen music online without downloading that to their on system.

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