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This is a bit of a silly request, but since SE has recently been posting their Podcasts on soundcloud, I feel like I now have a legitimate reason to bring this up.

Would implementing oneboxing support (a la facebook) for SoundCloud tracks be quite difficult? Basically, similar to the way Wikipedia oneboxes, with a track title which links to the SoundCloud page, album art pulled from SoundCloud, and some track info (length, genre, title, tags) would be ideal. Or, even just a static image linking to the track page would be nice to have.

Example (click here for larger image):

Even a still image, like this would be useful

What's great about Soundcloud is that they have an entire section of their site dedicated to community developed apps that use Soundcloud's API for all kinds of different things, and there's even an area specifically for developers for anyone looking to incorporate Soundcloud into their own app.

I don't know if any of that would actually be useful for this, but it still says something about the company.

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For the record, I wasn't suggesting a flash auto-embed as was suggested in that linked question. More of the youtube-style oneboxing we've seen already. –  GnomeSlice Sep 16 '11 at 15:17
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I agree, this approach is different (and is something I'd be more inclined to see added). –  Tim Stone Sep 16 '11 at 15:28
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I'm not familiar with how facebook does this, but if Tim Stone's gonna jump off the bridge, then so will I! –  Pops Sep 16 '11 at 15:36
    
You have a bad track record with oneboxing. This isn't like oneboxing rotten tomatoes for movies.se, and oneboxes are already so annoying someone made a userscript just so they could collapse them. If the goal is to allow you to advertise that you are listening to music, I cannot disagree more with implementing this. –  jmac Jan 31 at 5:08
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We have a processing plugin for SoundCloud now, which we selectively turn on site per site as needed, embedding the player in a post. I'm going to look into what it would take to put this in chat. –  Tim Post May 1 at 6:37

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Note: The SE Staff have decided not to embed things in chat, only to link to them. This answer is invalid.

Soundcloud has already released a way to embed links in web pages, so it shouldn't be hard to put it in chat.

<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/122750992"></iframe>

That is the code for their embedded player, why not embed it in chat? If Soundcloud is embedded like that, it will make it easier to listen to for the chat users.

(Note: I am in no way an employee of SE and am not representing them, just expressing my opinion.)

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I don't think embedding the player directly into chat is a very good idea. I certainly don't want to be randomly downloading things because someone posted a Soundcloud link. It's bad enough people post links to animated GIF images... –  animuson Dec 1 '13 at 21:58
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The player doesn't involve downloading? (the GIF thing is true, except in some cases (showing off working code, etc) –  Pip Dec 1 '13 at 21:59
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It requires downloading an entire SWF file in addition to the information for the specific file. If it were just a static image and text, it wouldn't be so bothersome. Besides, they've already stated they won't be embedding things in chat. –  animuson Dec 1 '13 at 22:04
    
@animuson ah. thanks for the correction. Do you want me to remove the question? –  Pip Dec 1 '13 at 22:05
    
@animuson no? Should I take my answer down? –  Pip Dec 9 '13 at 1:55

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