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Facebook + Dropbox: MP3 Streaming on your Facebook Wall

how to stream mp3s from dropbox to facebookYour Dropbox public folder is an amazing, often overlooked feature. Most people think it can only be used to share files with friends/family or host free photo galleries, but did you know, you can also use it for purposes like hosting a website or streaming music to your Facebook account wall.  Here, let me show you how it works:

Step 1

Place an MP3 into your Dropbox public folder. (You can drag it right from iTunes, if you want.)

host dropbox mp3s on facebook

Step 2

Right-click the file and choose Copy public link.

post mp3s to facebook wall

Step 3

Paste the link into a new Status Update or Link on Facebook. Facebook will automatically detect that it’s an audio file and give you a field to enter the artist name and album, if you’d like.

mp3s on facebook wall

Step 4

Post it. Now, the item will appear with the link, the artist/album info and handy dandy blue Play button. Stream away!

songs on facebook wall

I use this method for sharing original / hard-to-find songs on Facebook one at a time.  It works great, it’s free and simple.  Plus, Facebook is a great place to promote your band using one of the bajillion Facebook Band page apps available.

Like I said, Dropbox is groovy if you know how to use it.  Shortly I’ll be sharing other groovy ways to use Dropbox so stay tuned!

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12 Responses to Facebook + Dropbox: MP3 Streaming on your Facebook Wall

  1. Wolfgang June 16, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    Great! The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

  2. Kai_it June 16, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    It does’nt work, I can’t see Play button on facebook

    • Wolfgang June 16, 2011 at 7:26 am #

      Same for me … until the mp3 file was totally synced to the dropbox public folder;)

    • MrGroove June 16, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      I’m curious if it will work once your in SYNC like Wofgang mentioned. You good?

    • Johann October 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

      I don’t get the blue play button either, and my file is fully synced. It does play if I click on the link, in a separate window. This is all on an iPad though, haven’t tried on a pc yet. I had to modify my public link for Facebook to recognise it as a song too, it has to end in .mp3
      Great idea though, looks like I will be able to use dropbox + Facebook to deliver my podcasts.

  3. Cal December 27, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    How can I let others copy my mp3’s using dropbox without making them stream it? I could delete the mp3 extension and then have them put it back on on the other side, but I’m hoping there’s another way. Any ideas?

  4. zomars May 5, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    This doesn’t work anymore ):

  5. Gerhard June 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Does it work or doesn’t it? The “handy dandy blue Play button” does not show (unless I have done something wrong?). It would be great if somebody could come up with a clear answer.

    • Sunjo August 21, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      It doesn’t work anymore !! :/

  6. bhuwan March 12, 2013 at 8:25 am #



  7. Tommy Boy September 23, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    This no longer works. All the user gets is the ability to download it. You cannot stream the file.

  8. nathan March 16, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    I had trouble doing this recently, couldn’t get it to play the song.

    After a lot of searching, I started using to convert my audio into video, and posting it that way. is a free online service that doesn’t require registration or any personal info.

    hope this helps

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