I am looking for a way to upload or create a music playlist in CANVAS, rather than individual audio files.
What an interesting question. May I ask what you are trying to accomplish? Are these full length audio files and do you want them to play back successively without input from students?
I can think of a number of options:
If you can provide more detail as what you want to accomplish I might be able to give you some additional suggestions.
Thanks Randy -- the series of links in a page option won't work -- I will need the playlist to play continually during a class project/activity, and for students to be able to do same while working outside of class. The audio files I want to combine into a playlist are all tracks of copyrighted published popular music. (Stevie Wonder, etc.). Will Spotify let me do that? I don't think SoundCloud does.
As Laura pointed out, your biggest worry at this point is copyright. Even if you own the files you cannot share them with your class as a play list as that is a direct violation of copyright. Even under fair use guidelines, you generally can't play back anymore than about 10% of any media file and then, only a few times before you start running into legal issues. As far as Spotify goes, you will have to dig into their terms of service to see what they say. I am with Laura here and suggest that You Tube might be your best option.
OK, yep, I get it. Of course. I was so focused on the technical problem I looked right past the legal problem. I'll go a different route with this project, probably not using CANVAS at all. Thanks for the input!
Hi Megan Simpson! If you have audio files you are uploading, you could upload them at Soundcloud, create the playlist there, and then embed the Soundcloud playlist in Canvas.
I have a playlist embedded here as an example:
SoundCloud Playlist: StoryLab
More information here:
How-To: Add a SoundCloud Playlist
I like the different style options for Soundcloud embedding, so I'd that to the list of options that Randy Orwin suggested, such as Spotify and YouTube. :-)
Thank you Laura --
(But I think it isn't allowed to upload music recorded and owned by others to SoundCloud --I need to make basically a mixtape of R&B & jazz classics (music I have already bought for myself, but need to use in the classroom for a class project). ??
Hi Megan Simpson, aha, you mentioned uploading the files to Canvas, so I did not realize you did not have the copyright. You also need to be cautious about copyrighted materials that you upload to Canvas also; for example, here is the information my school shares with us:
Perhaps your school library has a similar policy page that will offer some guidance...?
The fact that you bought the music for your personal use does not mean you can use it in the classroom; instead, what allows you to do that is a legal principle called "fair use," but fair use can get complicated (how much of something you use, whether you use it for one semester or multiple semesters, etc.). If you do have someone at your school who offers help with copyrighted course materials, I would definitely check with that person.
One possible solution would be to explore YouTube, as Randy suggested. With YouTube, you are not hosting any of the materials, so you can make a YouTube playlist and share that with your students, embed the YouTube playlist in Canvas, etc. I don't know if you will be able to find exactly the songs you want at YouTube, but there is a lot of music there, and if someone has a complaint about copyright violation, they take that complaint to YouTube (and so you might find, for example, that songs disappear from your playlist if YouTube does determine that a copyright has been violated; I have a playlist of music from India that I use, and every once in a while a song will disappear).
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