How to use SoundCloud & Dropbox to send music (updated June 11)

By Pursehouse – follow me on Twitter

Well, well, well… you lot enjoyed my last post didn’t you? It would appear that I wasn’t the only one incredibly frustrated with the constant stream of dodgy MP3 files finding their way to my inbox on a daily basis and I’m rather happy to say that I’ve already seen an improvement in the tracks I’ve been sent this last month as a result of people reading that post (btw, if you’re unaware about the last post it was regarding ‘how to make the perfect MP3′ with good metadata, check it out here if you missed it).

The system works. Amazing.

So now you’ve got your lovely MP3 files the next logical step is to send them to the industry people you so desperately want to love your music yes? Well in that case, let me give you a little step by step guide on how to use two of my current favourite websties; Dropbox and SoundCloud.

As a rule of thumb if you’re going to send me one stand alone track then SoundCloud is the way forward, but if you want to send me a number of tracks then a link to a Zip file hosted on a public Dropbox folder is quicker and easier than going through SoundCloud tracks a click at a time.

On the other hand as well, sending a standalone track via Dropbox isn’t preferential as quite often browsers will start playing the MP3 directly within the browser itself rather than download the file for the recipient to do as they wish with it and as you’re wanting to make it as easy as possible for the industry person to receive your music, I’d recommend using both SoundCloud and Dropbox rather than just one.

So I should note here that different people within the industry may have different preferences, but I’d like to believe that if an artist sent them their music like this blog says so, that they’d prefer that to the general mess they often get sent.

Shall we begin?

Sending a single track via SoundCloud

  • 1) Go and sign up at www.soundcloud.com (you really should have done this by now)
  • 2) When you’re uploading your track, SoundCloud will give you two options under Privacy Settings;
  • 2a). If you want your track available so every Tom, Dick and Harry can download it then select ‘Public’ and then ensure ‘Downloads Enabled’ is selected under ‘Advanced Settings’:
  • 2b). If you only want the people you’re sending the track to to be able to download the song then select ‘Private’. Again, make sure that ‘Downloads Enabled’ is selected under ‘Advanced Settings’:

If you only want certain, special people to download the track

  • 3a) And Voila! You have a nice clean URL to send to someone where firstly they can stream the track in high quality there in their browser and if they still wished to download it they simply click the little arrow and they’ll have a copy all for themselves:

A lovely way to receive music

  • 3b) Be sure to copy the ‘Secret URL’ option on the right hand side of the screen for private tracks as the URL in your browser won’t work:

To the right, to the right…

Simple.

Sending multiple tracks via Dropbox

Now this one might be a little more tricky if you’re not as tech savvy I wish you all were, but hopefully this will be nice and straightforward.

Dropbox is brilliant. Have you ever lost a USB stick? Or has your computer crashed and you’ve lost work/pictures/music etc? Well Dropbox stores everything in ‘the cloud’ for you so if your computer buggers up you’ve got it all backed up (I reckon Jesus even uses it). Myself & Sentric Music couldn’t live without it now as when one person in the office updates a file, it automatically updates it on everyone else’s computer (I imagine this could also be of use to artists who have several members in their group). Anyhow, go to the website and watch the tutorial videos to get the full gist.

  • 1) Firstly, make sure you create a ZIP file of the music you want to send. Do this by putting all the tracks into one folder, then right click the folder and select ‘Compress *folder name*’ on a Mac, and on a PC select ‘Send To> Compressed Folder’

Click to ZIP

  • 2) Once Dropbox has installed on your computer you’ll notice you’ll have a ‘Public’ folder, this is where you want to put your newly created ZIP file

Public folder on Dropbox

  • 3) When you’ve put the ZIP file in there you’ll noticed it’ll have a little blue circular symbol next to it. This means it’s uploading onto the Dropbox website (which may take a little while depending on how fast your internet connection is and how big the file you’re uploading is)

Little blue swirly thingy

  • 4) Once the file has uploaded the little blue symbol will turn into a green tick which means it has fully uploaded. Once that’s done right click the ZIP file and select ‘Dropbox>Copy Public Link’

Oooh it’s getting exciting now isn’t it?

  • 5) And there you go! You have a link that you can send to industry for them to easily download a number of your tracks with one simple click. You can even use a URL shortener like Bit.Ly to make the URL nice and little.

When, will I, will I be famoooooouuuus? (He can’t answer, he can’t answer that)

There you go. Done and done. Does that make sense? If it doesn’t then feel free to berate me below and I’ll try my best to make it even more straightforward for you all.

What I’m listening to this week: Dutch Uncles and Grammatics fairwell EP ‘KRUPT’.

What I’m reading this week: Drowned In Sounds 10th birthday shenanigans

Stay tuned

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~ by Sentric on September 17, 2010.

30 Responses to “How to use SoundCloud & Dropbox to send music (updated June 11)”

  1. Multiple track uploads to soundcloud can be done with one of the free apps they link to

  2. Why not just use Binfer to send the music files to someone? I am not clear why you are proposing such a roundabout way.

  3. Cool step by step!

  4. [...] Part 2 – Send demos by Dropbox or Soundcloud. [...]

    • Agreed Part 2 should be how to send them. I think the title of this article is mis-leading, it should be titled how to upload music. something like that. but as for the content that is provided here though, nicely done.

  5. Couldn’t agree more. Soundcloud and Dropbox are both essential tools.

  6. Really infotmative post, and also very witty. Well done!

  7. Dropbox is a great tool. I never would have considered using a url shortener but now I see that this adds a a nice touch.

  8. can you embed a soundcloud wavefile into an email account i.e. hotmail or gmail, so people have instant access to what your sending them?

  9. nice site..:D

  10. I use dropbox on my Android. Really handy!

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  12. You can’t use Dropbox in that way because bandwidth is limited. Especially if you are sending multiple files as you suggest. If you are sending to a couple of people then fine but if you are sending it out as part of a PR blast you are going to have a bunch of magazines, radio hosts etc etc clicking a bad link. I just counseled a PR company on this very matter after their promotion to media outlets was unable to deliver the files to everyone because of it.

    “Dropbox public links and will suspend suspicious links when they are detected. Links that use up more than 10GB/day for Basic (free) accounts and 100GB/day for Pro (paid) accounts are automatically suspended.”

    Be wary of what your sending. If the file is 100meg (typical for an mp3 album) then you are getting cut off at 100 downloads. It’s not worth the chance of telling media or industry pros to wait till tomorrow and try again, you’ll reduce the likelyhood of them bothering to check your music. Dropbox isn’t meant for this type of thing even with the public folder. Better to use something like divshare, usershare or the many other sites that have no limit.

    • You’re very right Timid, I should have noted that unless you pay for an upgraded account on Dropbox you will be limited to 10GB a day.

      For the core readership of this blog though I estimated that that would be sufficient space, but yes, that is very true and should be considered!

  13. [...] Is there someone you really want to click on something? Remember the last post where I showed you how to send music via DropBox and SoundCloud – well you can use Bit.ly to find out if your links are actually being [...]

  14. we use http://b2bfiles.net over here at soundcastle – we are happy with the feature and service. we’ll check out the dropbox & soundcloud combo… thx!

  15. Nice read, i have been using soundcloud for ages to send track and just recently dropbox there a god sent.

    we no longer have to use those spam merchants megaupload

    thanks again

  16. [...] done a post in the past entitled ‘How To Use SoundCloud and Dropbox To Send Music To Industry’ so have a gander there if you need a hand with [...]

  17. [...] Don’t send MP3’s via email unless asked. Read this post on how to use SoundCloud and Dropbox to send music to industry. [...]

  18. I’m sending out CDs for review…A couple of hours ago I was fretting over a well known website that said they “prefer links to properly tagged, 320 kbps mp3s in zip files, emailed…” It was the emailing a link to a zipfile that I didn’t understand – but thank you very much becasue now I think I do – ta da (not shortened I know…)

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/57355283/John%20Parkes%20Don%27t%20Be%20Seventeen%20EP%20MP3s.zip

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