Two nifty music-sharing hacks
Hack 1: Use your Google account to host MP3s
To share a track in your MP3 collection on your webpage (e.g. Facebook profile, WordPress blog), you need a server to upload the file to (or a server that already hosts that file). I’d been using YouSendIt for this purpose but a free account times-out after the lesser of a certain number of days or downloads. However, if you’re registered with Google, check out your Google Page Creator. This allows you to upload MP3s for permanent hosting (see link at bottom right of that page). Not sure what the limit is but beats YouSendIt.
On Facebook, you can then use Numair Faraz‘ handy Audio app to add your track to your profile page. Simply go to ‘Add a new linked file’ within the ‘Your Library’ section and enter the URL you see at the bottom of the page when you mouse-over the name of an MP3 you’ve uploaded to Google. Alternatively, on a blog, you can just hotlink a word or 2 and input this same URL so user can right-click to download the file. The former has the advantage of not cannibalizing potential sale although is no more legal.
Hack 2: Use a dashboard widget to download from an MP3 URL
Project Playlist, the largest online music site (bar perhaps the music sections of AOL and Yahoo, and I guess MySpace), provides a way for users to search for MP3s hosted throughout the web and then stream them. Historically, it has also provided a ready link so a user can right-click to download those MP3s (basically file-sharing but with ability to stream on-demand and make a MySpace-embeddable playlist). It looks like some of those links are no longer available; however, the URL of the MP3 is still exposed.
Not being terribly tech-savvy in this regard, I couldn’t figure out how one would go about downloading the file from that URL (but knew this should be possible). A friend pointed me to a dashboard widget called SnatchIt that allows a user to simply cut-and-paste the URL (ending in .mp3) and hit enter to download that MP3. Super simple (and again pretty clearly illegal).
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