Including Sounds From Soundcloud

A band site needs music, right? We have a load of tracks up on SoundCloud, and they make embedding pretty easy. The default embeddable iframe is pretty bloody ugly, though:

<iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe>

So, armed with my vanishingly small armoury of JavaScript skills, I set about looking for a more elegant solution.


According to this page, oEmbed is an open standard to easily embed content from oEmbed providers into your site, which seems to be exactly what we’re after. So I lashed together this include from various bits and pieces I found around the place:

<div class='col-md-{{ include.width }}'>
  <div class='thumbnail'>
    <div class='embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9'
         id='player-{{ }}'></div>

<!-- More John Frum action -->
  $(document).ready(function() {
      '/tracks/{{ }}',
      function(track) {
        document.getElementById('player-{{ }}')

and do you know what? IT ACTUALLY WORKED. Yes, I was as surprised as anyone. You can see it in action here.

I do not think this word means what you think it means

Except it didn’t quite work properly. It was all good on my desktop browsers, and it responded properly when I squished Chrome down to phone-size, but on an actual phone, NOTHING. We tried it on Android Chrome, the default Android Webkit browser, and on an iPhone, and those iframes refused to show their faces.

Until I forced my Android browsers to ‘Request Desktop Site’, and then everything worked as expected.

I contacted SoundCloud about this, and while they were very nice, their response was basically ‘The API is working as expected’, which I guess is true. I can only conclude that this is some horrible nexus of Flash, HTML5 and User-Agents, and life is too short to dig into that, so I hacked together another awesome include to tidy up the horror show and contain it all in one place:

{% assign auto_play = false %}
{% assign hide_related = true %}
{% assign show_comments = false %}
{% assign show_user = false %}
{% assign show_reposts= false %}
{% assign visual = true %}

{% assign url = '' %}

{% capture url %}{{ url | append:'?url=https%3A//' }}{% endcapture %}
{% capture url %}{{ url | }}{% endcapture %}

{% capture url %}{{ url | append:'&amp;auto_play=' }}{% endcapture %}
{% capture url %}{{ url | append:auto_play }}{% endcapture %}

{% capture url %}{{ url | append:'&amp;hide_related=' }}{% endcapture %}
{% capture url %}{{ url | append:hide_related }}{% endcapture %}

{% capture url %}{{ url | append:'&amp;show_comments=' }}{% endcapture %}
{% capture url %}{{ url | append:show_comments }}{% endcapture %}

{% capture url %}{{ url | append:'&amp;show_user=' }}{% endcapture %}
{% capture url %}{{ url | append:show_user }}{% endcapture %}

{% capture url %}{{ url | append:'&amp;show_reposts=' }}{% endcapture %}
{% capture url %}{{ url | append:show_reposts }}{% endcapture %}

{% capture url %}{{ url | append:'&amp;visual=' }}{% endcapture %}
{% capture url %}{{ url | append:visual }}{% endcapture %}

<iframe class='embed-responsive-item' src={{ url }}></iframe>

Yes, I realise that this is still pretty unwieldy, but Liquid seems to have a grudge against elegant string-building (or I’ve missed something). Whatever, you can feed this with the id of a SoundCloud track:

{% include sound.html id = '173701811' %}

and get back a nice embeddable iframe which seems to work everywhere. (Incidentally, I’ve only been able to find the track id buried in the embed iframe line from SoundCloud, am I missing something else?).

Help yourself

All of the code driving this site is MIT Licensed, so as with the OpenStreetMap embed, please feel free to use this _include file in your own Jekyll sites (or help me make it redundant by showing me how I’m misunderstanding oEmbed!)