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Dropbox or Other for Practice Parts?

For those of you who create practice parts, what recommendations do you have for software?   I could create a playlist on a website.   That's easy enough to do.   There is also Dropbox.   But for those who don't (or can't) use dropbox, are there better alternativies?   I don't want to use Youtube as I want people to be able to download the parts if needed.   I'm only talking about a few songs and I would gain permission from publishers ahead of time.
on May 31, 2015 6:37am
For distributing files to a small community, I use Dropbox or Google Drive (other similar services are available). They both allow me to send my "clients" a link which allows them to download the file WITHOUT having to register or sign in. That eliminates most of the reasons for people refusing to engage with the technology. Of course, there are other reasons why people can't use this kind of thing - technophobia, technical incompatibilities (e.g., "I can't get such-and-such software to work" or "my computer has no loudspeaker") and so forth - but those reasons can potentially defeat any mechanism that people may suggest.
on May 31, 2015 6:53am
Hi Nick,
If you and your students have a google docs account (free) you could upload mp3s choose share and email a link to that file. 
on May 31, 2015 6:54am
Hi Nick,
I use dropbox, and almost nobody has trouble downloading from it. I don't really understand how it works, but I think I remember that people don't have to get a Dropbox account to download. But I may be wrong.
best wishe,
on June 1, 2015 2:51am
Hi, Nick,
I use SoundCloud, and I pay the minimum fee for a small amount of storage. (I have to delete old files regularly, to avoid exceeding the limit.) It's easy to upload files, and they give you a few options for sharing. I restrict mine to "private" and then share a link via email. The link opens the file directly (as John described also for Google Drive and Dropbox). I agree with John that there are some hurdles, particularly with adult choirs, but SoundCloud has worked pretty smoothly for those who are not afraid of using the internet. In the past I found Dropbox a little more cumbersome than SoundCloud, but I have not used it in a long time. 
on June 1, 2015 7:43am
Hey Nick! Actually, if all you're looking for is a place to store and share music files, I think Dropbox is the perfect tool for you. Your singers do *not* need a Dropbox account to be able to access those files. If you send them a link to a Dropbox file, they can choose to download it immediately without having to log in or anything like that.
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