3. Other Attributes

There are several other attributes that can be applied to the <audio> to make it behave as intended.

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<audio src="#" preload controls ></audio>


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<audio preload controls >
<source src="#" type="">
<source src="#" type="">


As with the <video> element, this attribute tells the browser what to do when the page loads. It can have one of three values:

  • none - The browser should not load the audio until the user presses play.
  • auto (default) - The browser should download the audio when the page loads.
  • metadata - The browser should just collect information such as the size, first frame, track list, and duration.


When the controls attribute is supplied it indicates the browser should supply its own controls for playback. If you do not use this attribute, no controls will be shown by default.


This tells the browser whether or not to loop the audio.


When used, this attribute specifies that the file should play automatically.

Note Remember, this is considered poor-practice, and in most cases, it is better to let the user choose whether to start the audio or not.