HOW WE GIVE OUR MUSIC AWAY ON THE WEB
All of the albums released by Tantrum Niche Records have been made available to download for free from the main site at www.tantrumniche.com. We upload the albums encoded as DRM-free MP3 files, archived in the ZIP format. The cover artwork is embedded in the MP3 files, and also included as a separate, high resolution file for optimal viewing. DRM (Disk Rights Management) is technology used by other companies such as Apple with their iTunes Music Store to set a limit on the number of times a file can be copied, and to what devices it can be copied onto. By contrast, we make a point of making it as easy as possible to download and share the music and videos released by Tantrum Niche Records for free, and allow our supporters to make donations of any size using PayPal if they so choose to. All of the videos released by the label are uploaded to YouTube, as we have found it to be the most cross-platform compatible video playback solution on the Internet. Using YouTube for video and MP3 for audio playback ensure that our content will work on as many devices as possible. Other formats are also available upon request.
ZIP files, which we often use to archive many files as one, can be opened without any additional software with all current and many previous versions of Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Additional software is needed and freely available to unzip the archived files on iOS, Android, Blackberry and other popular operating systems. We’ve included the links to the free software below where needed, and some basic instructions on how to download our music, copy it to mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players, tablets, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs.
HOW TO DECOMPRESS/EXTRACT/UNZIP/UNARCHIVE OUR .ZIP FILES ON OLDER COMPUTERS AND MOBILE DEVICES
Some older computers and mobile devices require additional software to decompress ZIP files. All of the software we are recommending and providing download links to are free. We are happy to offer additional suggestions and support via email. Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any difficulty downloading, listening to, or sharing music downloaded from http://www.tantrumniche.com.
Microsoft Windows 98/NT/ME or older:
Apple Mac OS 9 or older:
“Stuffit Expander 7.0.3”
All Blackberry devices require additional software to unzip a file, but it is a free program which can be downloaded from AppWorld:
“File Manager Zip Utility”
All Apple iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch also require additional software to unzip files, but it is freely downloadable from iTunes and also supports the RAR format:
All Android devices require additional software to unzip files, but there is a free version you can download it from GooglePlay, and another version that costs $0.99:
“Easy Unrar, Unzip, and Zip”
There are many versions of Linux out there, but the following URL covers Gnome, KDE, and others:
For most of us using Internet-connected desktop and laptop computers manufactured fairly recently, it is as easy as clicking on an album cover from the main page at http://www.tantrumniche.com to initiate the downloading of a ZIP file. That individual file is downloaded to a folder on your computer, where it can be double clicked with your main mouse button in Windows or Mac OS to decompress it into all of the MP3 files and artwork it contains. From there, you can reorganize the files into your computer’s music library, or copy the files onto your mobile music player.
PLAYING MUSIC ON YOUR WINDOWS COMPUTER AND COPYING FILES TO YOUR MOBILE DEVICE
Windows Media Player comes with every version of Windows as far back as I can remember, and has been playing back MP3 files for over a decade. Unless you are planning to use an Apple mobile device with a Windows-based computer (EG – you have an Apple iPod you want to copy music to from your Dell PC), you should be fine using Windows Media Player. If you want to download an alternative media player with some additional advancements and considerably small footprint on your hard disk, download WinAmp for free from www.winamp.com. If you’re using a Windows-based PC and an Apple mobile device, such as an iPod or iPad, the easiest way to copy your music to the Apple device will be by installing iTunes on your computer. iTunes is available for free from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/, but we only recommend using it on the Windows operating system if you have an Apple mobile device, because otherwise it uses a lot of hard disk space and RAM on your computer unnecessarily. If you install iTunes on your Windows computer, be careful not to allow the installer to also install QuickTime (a video playing application) and Safari (an alternative web browser) on your PC, which will only further fill your hard disk to no benefit. Every Windows OS comes with Internet Explorer installed, and if you wish to install another web browser on the Windows platform, you are better off using Firefox or Chrome. Even without Apple’s Safari browser installed on your Windows computer, iTunes will still be able to import bookmarks from your web browser, should you want to have all of the same bookmarks/favorites on your iPad that you have on your desktop computer. The version of QuickTime that installs with iTunes if you do not deselect the box is limited in capability, and still further bogs down your systems RAM (random access memory), which makes perform generally slower. Many people install QuickTime for PC specifically to play back MOV files, but a better way to do this is to install a free application called VLC from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/, which is an extraordinarily good program for many reasons, not the least of which being it’s ability to playback any kind of audio or video file I have ever attempted to open with it.
iPod/iPhone/iPad users are encouraged to do this by copying all of the decompressed files into their iTunes application on their Mac. Once the files have been copied there, they can be synchronized to your mobile device, and also deleted from the location you originally downloaded them to. By default, most browsers on the Mac (Safari, Firefox, and Chrome) save files to a folder on your hard disk called “Downloads” in your home folder. Many Macs have a shortcut to this folder on the dock, or on the left side of the window that opens when you double-click on your desktop icon for your hard disk, which is often called “Macintosh HD” or “Mac HD”.
EG – Macintosh HD\Users\John\Downloads
Blackberry devices may be the easiest devices to copy music to, because no additional software is needed to copy the files from your computer to the Blackberry. When you first connect a Blackberry to a computer, a screen pops up asking if you would like to charge the device or use it as a USB drive. Once you make the USB Drive selection, the Blackberry will appear on your computer as an additional one or two disks. To keep things organized and easily accessible, copy the decompressed folder from your computer to whichever folder on the Blackberry exists:
\Blackberry\music\ (This tends to be a removable SD card near the battery of the phone)
\home\user\music (This tends to be the non-removable, internal storage on the Blackberry device itself)