How to use SoundCloud & Dropbox to send music (updated June 11)
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’:
- 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:
- 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:
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’
- 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
- 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)
- 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’
- 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.
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.
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