the downloaded music play OK on my computer, mobile phone, tablet,
Chromebook, etc etc?
users - IMPORTANT - read this re track names>>
is currently supplied on the audio file
format MPEG-4 Audio (.m4a), originally developed for Apple Mac computers,
iphones, ipads etc, so will replay on those devices with no
These tracks will also play on a PC on Windows Media
Player, or other Windows based media players.
However they may not play on some Android based mobile phones and
tablets (e.g. Samsung Galaxy mobile phones - However it might be
possible to play the tracks off a Galaxy phone if you load the
music into the 'media' folder and not the 'music' folder. ).
Chromebook computer produced by Google, has some 'hard-drive'
storage included, but only to hold the operating system, a few
letters/documents temporarily, and Apps. In other words it does
not have a storage facility for music or videos etc. When you load or
download anything onto a Chromebook it automatically uploads it
onto Google's internet storage system, Google Drive, in the
your files are stored on Google Drive, and you can view them
anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. However you
can't view them if you don't have the Internet available.
SO .. if
you want to play your downloaded music, and there is no Internet
connection, you may not be able to.
reports on the Internet indicate that some audio and video formats
will not play on the media player included with the Chromebook.
the solution? ... do a backup on a memory stick or memory
Stage 01 -
Download the music first to a standard PC or MAC desktop or
laptop/MacBook. (not an ipad because they don't have a USB port)
Stage 02 -
Unzip the folder.
Stage 03 -
Copy the unzipped folder onto a memory stick.
Stage 04 -
Put the memory stick / card into the USB
or card port (socket) on the Chromebook,
and you can play the music straight off the memory stick / card without
any problems, and without needing to be connected to the Internet.
If you are not sure, you can
download a free track as a test.
free test track (apologies
but you have to put your name and email address into the system in
the process because we can't switch this off! but don't worry you
won't be bombarded with spam emails - we hate them as well!)
How long will
the download take?
The download speed may vary from a few mins to 40 mins (120 mins
for the largest one containing 100 audio tracks) depending on which music you purchase, and your Internet connection.
Due to the no of tracks varying within each download, the download file size varies from 98Mb to
418MB. Tests have shown that on an average 6Mb/sec broadband connection, the downloads will take about 2.5 to
15 minutes. With a slow connection of 1Mb/sec, it will take up to
120mins for the largest download. SUGGESTION - if you open your downloads folder first, then click on the download button, you may see the download actually taking place in your downloads folder, which should give you the download time.
Mac users - Copying the music tracks into itunes
you download the tracks onto a MacBook, Air or Pro, they will
appear in the downloads folder. If you have a Apple iPad it is
best to download to a MacBook, Air or Pro FIRST, then you can
drag and drop the files into an iTunes playlist which you create
especially for them. THEN sync to your iPad.
- there is a problem! - when you download the tracks onto a
MacBook, Air or Pro, the audio track names may be deleted, and
replaced with track01, track02 etc. This is a standard security
measure with iTunes, i.e. it's to stop counterfeiting music tracks
and re-selling them, but of course this doesn't apply to our music
which is all played and recorded by ourselves.
do you stop this happening?
1 - download the music (zip file) onto
your MacBook, Air or Pro (not your ipad) and 'unzip' it i.e.
convert it to a normal folder - there is a standard method to do
this included with most computers.
2 - switch off your internet.
You will probably need to switch off your router with the mains
switch, or unplug your computer if it's connected to the router
with a cable (as opposed to wi-fi). if you are using wi-fi you
could also go into your settings and disable the wi-fi but that's
more complicated - just turn your router/modem off.
3 - create a playlist in iTunes.
4 - Drag and drop (copy) the music tracks into the playlist.
This should keep the track names intact i.e. still shown alongside
each piece of music.
5. Sync to your iPad so that the tracks appear in a
playlist on your ipad.
6. - Turn your router/modem back on again. It will take a
minute or two for your Internet to be back to normal.
do I do if this doesn't work, or I forget to do it, or I didn't
realise I had to do it?
can cut-and-paste the track names off the provided track pdf list,
back on to the audio track files if required, one by one.
This obviously takes a while.
hint - Check
your download speed: