Uploading Files to the Internet

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© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

You can easily store musical selections on your computer by ripping them off CDs or buying digital versions from music retailers. But if your system is turned off, you lose access to your tunes temporarily. And if your hard drive is damaged, then you lose your music permanently. Loading your files onto the Internet protects them from system malfunctions and allows you to listen to them anywhere in the world with a web connection.

1. Review the copyrights and access rights of your music.

Having a digital version does not mean you can upload unlimited copies anywhere you please. Many music retailers prohibit such distribution or demand additional fees. If you ignore these restrictions, you may be violating the law and may suffer penalties and jail time. Northwestern University’s web page discusses some of the issues with downloading.

2. Locate websites where you can upload your music files.

They may cost money or be free, but even the paid services may have a free trial. Examples of audio websites include MySpace, MP3.com, Jukebox Alive and Jamendo. Most require that you sign up for an account. You can find a list of websites that accept downloaded music on this web page.

3. Review the site guidelines for music size and format.

Free versions typically place more restrictions than paid services. A typical format is MP3 or Midi with a size of 15MB. You can use online conversion sites to convert your files to the appropriate format. Examples include MediaConverter and Online Convert. You can also download a conversion program such as Switch Audio File Converter.

4. Enter information.

Enter a title, description and other information as needed for the music file you want to upload. The exact procedure differs by site but you usually click a “Browse” button to display a standard file dialog box. Locate the file that you want and double-click to identify its name to the site. Then click the “Upload” button to send the file to the site. The site informs you with a message box or an email when the upload is complete.

5. Test your music file

Browse the music page of your account or of the site. Click the name of the file you want to play. Information for the music appears with player buttons such as “Play,” “Pause” or “Stop.” Click the “Play” button to listen to your music. Some sites allow you to play your music file by embedding it on any website that you control. In that case, look for the HTML tag for the tune on the music page and then copy it. Paste it into the HTML code of your site.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is new to me and I can certainly use this method to save music and also download into my hub or blog site. Your instructions are written with simple yet good detail and I think I can follow them for usage. Thanks for the information, especially the copyright and legal notices. Voted interesting and useful.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I always learn so much from your hubs and this one is no exception. Thank you for the tutorial!


molometer 4 years ago

This was very useful information for people on the move. Uploading files to the internet has now got a fancy name called 'cloud computing'.

I, like you have been doing this for years, as it saves having to worry about where you left your files or if we lose a laptop etc.

Great advice for Aurelio voted up and sharing


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I am just learning about this now.. the hard way. I lost a laptop and many valuable photos. This is something every one should read and learn how to do. Valuable, helpful, and interesting!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I always love your hubs - you're like our resident expert on so many technical and SEO tips!

Thanks for yet another winner! I have done much uploading yet - and I'm glad to know how to do it without problems.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

You are the expert, that's for sure! I haven't uploaded any music yet, but I might be brave enough to give it a try after reading this. I always upload my photos from Picasa to my web albums because I'm afraid I might lose them in case of a crash. Thanks for all this. I voted this UP, etc.etc.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

That's wise, mary615. When you're stuff is on the web, there's no chance of losing it.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Sorry to hear that Tammyswallow. Uploading stuff to the cloud means less chance of losing it.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

aurelio, I'm wondering if files like pdf or text can be stored too! This is great info as I've lost music to computer crashes a couple of times in the past.

Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, useful and shared all over.


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

where do you load the files on the internet? You would think i tunes would just charge a monthly fee, like a world wide sized jukebox. that would eliminate ipods. All we would need is earphones that work by satlleite. I stopped buying music,because i don't have the time or energy to upload store, update my kids ipods, ipads...after awhile it absorbs too much time.I tunes could be Ijukebox.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Yes, rajan, you can store files but not at music sites. You need to go to a file sharing service like Dropbox.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

There's a link in the hub to a list of places you can upload files, alphagirl, and most of the places are free.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You always offer such good advice in your hubs, alocsin. This is no exception to the rule. Voted useful. Thanks!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Great information Alocsin. You sure a techie person :)

voted up and sharing it across!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a helpful way to download music that I had not really considered. Thank-you for such a useful hub. I vote up.


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MsLofton 4 years ago from IL

This is great information! Thanks


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I will certainly keep these in mind as I "evolve" technologically. It would really be cool. Wish me luck. And Thanks alocsin


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Aurellio, what a great hub here! I like learning something new! Thanks for the information! Voted up and shared indeed!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Alocsin, another wonderful article to the collection. You have so many useful articles, techniques, advice, ect. I really enjoy reading them pal. Great work as always. Hope all is well and take care.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is very useful Alocsin and you your instructions are simple to undestand for us non-techi's. This is something I have been wondering about lately so thank you for the information

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