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27 August 2008

not-a muxtape update! I'm trying something new... the MeCha-Tape, created by making a folder on Divshare, and sending MP3s to it. It doesn't look as pretty, but you should be able to listen by clicking here, and it should play right through the playlist. The songs this week don't have a theme, I just thought they sounded good together.

To do this yourself...[More:]

You need to create a Divshare account, if you don't have one already. (They've never spammed me, but if you don't want to use your real address, make a fake one at Log in to Divshare, go to the Dashboard, and make a folder. Upload your MP3s (they need to be MP3s). You can rearrange the order of them by clicking the link that says "Organize this playlist." When you're done, share the link to your first song, and voila!
I'm listening to the Pixies now, so the first transition worked. This looks like a workable alternative so far.

Aside: Having at least a bass and treble control on that player would be nice.
posted by Ardiril 27 August | 20:28
Good, glad that it's actually playing.

Another cool thing is that if you have a blog, you can actually make an embeddable player out of the playlist. (self-link/example)
posted by BoringPostcards 27 August | 20:35
I'm up to NIN with no glitches. I will have to see what I can throw together.
posted by Ardiril 27 August | 20:43
Cool BP! I never really got into the muxtape, but it's great to you come up with a creative workaround. YAY BP!
posted by eekacat 27 August | 21:36
As an alternate...
1. Take some songs that you want to make a playlist of, save all those to a new, specifically-titled folder on your desktop.
2. Open all the songs in WinAmp and arrange them in the order that you want them played.
3. Create an .m3u playlist.
4. Upload the folder to DivShare, and also the playlist.
5. Download the playlist and the folder to your desktop and open the playlist to load it into WinAmp and let it play. (I haven't tried this, but I think it may work.)

Oh, and another.
1. Open a song in Audacity.
2. Go Ctrl+I or Project > Insert to load another audio file. Highlight all of the second file, and 'Copy.'
3. Place the cursor at the end of the first file, using the left and right arrow keys to fine-tune the position of the cursor.
4. Choose 'Paste' and that will place the copied (second) file at the end of the first.
5. Delete the second file.
6. Repeat steps 2 - 5 as many times as necessary to have one long file consisting of all the individual songs. Export as an .mp3, and you have a podcast! You'll want to upload a text file of the song info as well, as the new .mp3 you've created will only have a single title (that you've given it). You can also add the song list to the text portion in the File Info.

To change the bitrate of the file [lower = smaller file, lower quality, higher = larger file, better quality], go Edit > Preferences > File Formats tab > MP3 Export Setup section. Set bitrate to desired level.

Note: to do this, you'll need the lame_enc.dll which allows Audacity to encode .mp3's. You can download that here. Save all the downloaded files to a folder on your computer. In Audacity, click 'Find library' and navigate to the folder you stored the lame_enc.dll in. Choose that and you'll be good to go.
posted by Zack_Replica 27 August | 22:07
Huh, posted too fast. BP - neat idea forcing DivShare to do what you want! The I thought the alternates would be good for people who have limited time on the net (in the case of example #1), or who want to take your mix with them on their portables (ex. #2) - they popped into my head when I read your idea.
posted by Zack_Replica 27 August | 22:15
Well, let's see. It was cold and rainy yesterday and a good day for some plush chamber music in the French fashion. Piano Quintets of Enescu, Fauré, and Franck.
posted by Wolfdog 28 August | 07:51
Awesome, Wolfdog.
posted by BoringPostcards 28 August | 08:05
Mosquitos in the house rant. || Can someone explain this to me?