Getting Your Music On The Internet
A Brief Primer By Dave Sawyer
So you've got a CD or tape of your music and want to place
it on the Internet for all the world to hear. How do you
get the tunes from here to there?
I'll give you these links up front, since they seem to have
a more general approach and provide very useful information
on the process and choices available. These were found via
the Google Search Engine.
NOTE: If there is a term you don't understand, visit http://www.whatis.com
for a definition.
First, you have to convert (aka "rip" or "encode") your
CD or tape to your computer's harddrive. At this point, your
music becomes a "data file" on your computer.
There are a variety of formats (MP3, WMA, RA, AU, etc.).
We'll deal with MP3 here, because it's the most widely used.
CDs are easier to do because most computers have a CD-ROM
drive already, and there are a variety of programs available
that will rip directly to MP3 format.
Tapes are more difficult because you have to hook-up a tape
player to the computer, then use a WAV file recording program
to record each tune to your computer - not unlike standard
tape dubbing - then convert the WAV file to MP3.
If you read any of the articles at the links I gave previously,
you'll know there is a great deal written on encoding MP3s.
There are a LOT of options available, but what really matters
is *where are you going to put your MP3s on the
The most popular host for MP3s is arguably, MP3.Com.
But there ARE others. Some are free, some cost a little,
some cost a LOT. You have to do your own homework on choosing
who to trust your MP3s to.
Read each host's account plans and compare features, costs,
and especially your rights. This, in my opinion, is the single
most difficult, and time-consuming task of the entire process.
Once you've decided who gets to host your MP3s, find out
what their encoding requirements are and rip your
music to that specification.
Now you have MP3 files that need to physically get from your
machine to your host's machines. Each host has their own
method and should provide you with detailed instructions
on how to accomplish this task.
I will warn you that each file is probably 4-7 megabytes
in size and cannot normally be e-mailed (most e-mail providers
have an overall filesize limit of around 2-5 megabytes).
Also, depending on your connection to the Internet (modem,
cable/dsl) and net traffic, it may take awhile to upload
your files...less time with cable/dsl, but still more than
a few minutes per file probably.
The benefits are great though. Your music is available to
be heard around the globe.
You could become a star in East Izthatastan and be offered
a million izthatabucks (worth about $0.0000001 U.S.) to play
a concert for the entire population (19 men, 3 women, 23
children, 15 goats and a Yak).
You could just as easily be heard by a talent coordinator
for Dreamworks and be offered a multi-million dollar record
But I suggest you think of it as an electronic business card
or online demo...just another way to promote yourself. You
should e-mail people the link to your MP3 site, include it
in ALL your e-mails as part of your "signature", have the
link printed on your business cards, tell people wherever
you play...any method to let people know you're out there.
Copyright © by Author: Dave
“Bloozman” Sawyer, June 21, 2001