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Creating MP3s Using Your Existing CD Recordings
Distribute your royalty free production music online as MP3.

To get your royalty free music online and ready for sales, you will need to create MP3 files out of your production music tracks and sound effects. An MP3 file is a type of audio file that employs a special encoding process allowing for smaller file size and easier downloading. Once you have created MP3 files of your royalty free music and sound effects, visitors to will be able to purchase your tracks and use them in their multimedia and film projects royalty free. This article will detail the steps you will need to take in order to create MP3 files using your music.

Many musicians and composers have already created full CDs of their royalty free music and sound effects, and simply need to convert the tracks on the CD into MP3 files that can be uploaded to their account. The process for converting an Audio CD into separate MP3 files is relatively simple. To do this, you will need to use a program such as Apple’s iTunes or WinAmp. These programs run on your computer and will read and import audio files from an Audio CD, and most importantly are available for free download. This article will focus on using iTunes, though the process is almost identical in WinAmp.

Insert your CD containing your tracks into your computers (be sure that it is music that you wish to sell under our royalty free license), and then open up iTunes. Your CD will appear in your library list. Click on it once, and it will show all of the tracks on the CD. From there, determine which tracks you want to use, and select each track you wish to convert in the track list window. Once you have selected your tracks, go to your menu bar, and select Advanced > Convert Selection to MP3. iTunes will start importing each track and converting them to MP3 files.

Once your tracks have finished converting to MP3, you will need to locate your music library folder on your hard drive where iTunes stores your MP3s. Find the tracks in the folder, and move them to another folder on your hard drive where you will remember them. They are then ready to be uploaded from your composer account on to be sold as royalty free music.

A note about ID3 tags: ID3 tags are a part of the code within an MP3 file that stores information on file size, length, title, etc. In order for your MP3 to be recognized properly by the upload scripts, you need to make sure that your MP3s are encoded with ID3 tags versions 2.2 or lower. You can do this by opening your newly created MP3 file in iTunes and selecting Advanced > Convert ID3 Tags… from the menu bar.

Download iTunes for free from Apple here.

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