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Using Dropbox for hosting your DJ sets (2gigs FREE , no strings)


J. Hardy
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Good Day! I was not sure where to post this, but I think this would be the best place as anyone who is looking to host a DJ set could benefit from this post. I know there are many other places such as sendspace , rapidshare, megaupload, but they all have some sort of drawback - for the person downloading your set. What I mean by this is , without a premium account on said provider, you either have to wait for the download to start, they are painfully slow, or there are to many extra links you have to click , to name a few. Of course there is Soundcloud (which is actually my favorite for providing music, because of the features), but it restricts the amount of music you can upload without paying for more space. Since I am focusing on FREE space (with the least amount of hassles to the person downloading your set), I am going to stick with Dropbox.

 

What is Dropbox? (taken from Wiki)

 

"The Dropbox client enables users to drop any file into a designated folder that is then synced to the cloud and to any other of the user's computers with the Dropbox client.[4] Files in the Dropbox folder may then be shared with other Dropbox users or accessed from the web. Users may also upload files manually through a web browser.[5]"

 

So this is how it works.. You install the dropbox Client (Linux, Windows , and Mac) and it acts basically as the transport agent via a folder. Anything placed in that folder gets synced to the remote storage on Dropbox servers. What is neat about this service is you can have a dropbox client on each of your computers (local , or remote) and any files placed in your dropbox is "synced" between ALL computers on your dropbox account. Now that you know how it works, let me explain how this can be used for hosting DJ sets. Dropbox provides all new accounts 2gigs FREE. You can of course pay for more ( I think up to 50gigs), but for DJ sets 2 gigs is plenty. When you get all setup , you will see a "Public" folder. Place your DJ set in there - remember , this is done on your computer, it will sync with the dropbox servers, so no "uploading" via FTP or anything like that. Simply drag and drop to your dropbox folder.

 

Once your dropbox is sync'd (you will see a check mark indicating so), you can post the the file for download. I do this by logging into the dropbox website , navigating to the files tab , then to public , and copying the full path of the file (right click on file - and select "Copy link")

 

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With that link copied , I am able to post it anywhere as a DIRECT DOWNLOAD. ex: (shameless plug) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2014550/TR%20April%20Mix.mp3 - Just to add, Downloads are fast (I top out my connection at 1.5MB/sec or 1500K/sec).

 

So I think I am done.. Want to start using it? join by going to https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTIwMTQ1NTA5 . You will notice it is a referral link. I would never post something like that unless it gave you something too. Remember I said 2gigs free? Well , if you join through my referral , I get an extra 250 MB storage, and you do as well. You can then get your friends to join and earn 250 megs (them too) up to 8gigs!! That is a LOT of DJ sets to host. Remember , this is not limited to DJ sets, you can host images, and even create a network of shared folders with your friends, but I won't go into that.

 

Download the client, create your account and have an extra place to host your sets and make the downloads HASSLE FREE.

 

Hope this helps - sorry it was long :) I can edit it if you tell me to screw off with the long post.

 

maybe this can be a sticky?

 

J.

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I wonder if it possible to do password protected sharings? If it does, I'm in.

 

UPDATE: Files is not searchable. So you can just share links with friends.

And it has pretty good integration in MacOS.

It creates DropBox folder in your user Folder. You just need to drag files to it.

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My referral link is:

https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTYyNTkxODg5

 

:lol:

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