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Audio Blocks

Use Audio Blocks to add a playable audio file to a page or blog post. You can upload a file from your computer or link to an externally hosted file.

Note: To add SoundCloud audio to your site, use SoundCloud Blocks instead.

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Audio file format

Only .mp3 files are supported. Audio Blocks might accept other file types, but we can't guarantee those files will play. For best performance across all browsers and devices, we recommend compressing your audio files using these specifications:

  • Format: .mp3
  • Bit Depth: 16bit
  • Bitrate: 128 kbps max (96 kbps recommended for spoken word)
  • Channels: Mono or Stereo
  • File Size: An uploaded file must be 160 MB or smaller. To use a larger file, link to an external host.
Note: On iOS devices, Audio Blocks open on a new page when played.

Add an Audio Block

  1. Edit a page or post, click an insert point, and select Audio from the menu. For help, visit Adding blocks.
  2. In the Embed tab of the Audio Block, you can upload an audio file or link to an external file.
  3. If you're setting up a podcast, you can add iTunes podcasting tags in the Podcasting tab.
  4. Use the Design tab to change the appearance of the Audio Block and add a download link.
  5. Click Apply to publish your changes.

Add an audio file

You can upload an .mp3 file directly to the Audio Block or link to an externally hosted .mp3 file.

Upload a file

To upload the file to the Audio Block from your computer:

  1. In the Embed tab, click Upload File.
  2. Drag your audio file into the uploader. You can also click Add an audio track to select a file from your computer.
  3. After adding the audio file, the file name and file size will appear in the uploader.
  4. The Title and Author / Artist fields populate based on the file's metadata, but you can edit them manually to change what displays in the block.
Note: If you upload a new file to the same Audio Block, you'll need to update the fields manually as the Title and Author / Artist fields won't update automatically.


Use an external file

If your audio file is larger than 160 MB, upload it to an external service and add its public URL under Audio File URL in the External File tab. Your public URL should have .mp3 at the end.

You can then enter the following information:

  • File Size (in Bytes)
  • Audio File Mime Type
  • Title
  • Author / Artist
Note: Audio Blocks don't support Dropbox URLs or SoundCloud URLs. For SoundCloud audio, use SoundCloud Blocks instead.

Add iTunes podcasting tags (optional)

In the Podcasting tab, you can add iTunes podcasting attributes to an Audio Block, which will automatically add to your RSS feed.

  • Audio Blocks can only be used for podcasting within a Blog Page. Audio Blocks added to other pages can't be used for podcasts. To learn more, visit Podcasting with Squarespace overview
  • The size (in bytes) and MIME type are automatically detected for uploaded files. For externally hosted files, manually enter those values to use the file for podcasting on iTunes.


Change the design

To style your Audio Block, click the Design tab. Under Player Style, choose between Minimal and Classic.

For Minimal, you can set the Player Color to Light or Dark.

For Classic, you can't change the color.

Show a download link

To add a way for visitors download the track, check Show Download Link in the Design tab. This option is always unchecked by default. The download link will display to the right of the Audio Block.

Externally hosted files may not download successfully with this method, so we recommend only using this option with uploaded files.

Note: In Safari browsers on mobile devices, the download link opens the audio track, but doesn't download it to the device.
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