Using the Jukebox Uploader
What follows are more detailed instructions and guidelines for using the Jukebox Uploader, which are lengthy but may be helpful if you're having problems. We HIGHLY encourage you to take a minute to look them over, as there are many useful tips, explanations & features explained therein!
Here are the basic steps:
1. Log in to http://RPMChallenge.com, as usual
2. Go to http://rpmchallenge.com/cgi-bin/jukebox.cgi
3. Edit your band info, if necessary, then click on “[Current Year's] Album”
4. Change the album name, upload your tracks and album art, and voila! You’re in the Jukebox!
Having trouble? Here are more detailed instructions & guidelines. The graphics are from 2011, but the process is the same.
Editing Band Information
This is what the band page looks like for a user that hasn't completed in RPM in the past. On the left is the band image and information. Click "Edit Band Info" to do just that. The fields here are a band picture uploader, Members for a personnel list, Biography of the band or its members, and three web site links you can use for any purpose you deem fit. (The last is URL, but we'll get to that later.)
This is the band editing page. First, you may want to change your picture. To do that, click on the "Browse..." button and find the picture you want to use on your computer. Then click "Change Pic" and after a short uploading period your new picture is in place. Fill in the other fields. For the web sites, please enter the full URL starting with "http://". The last field, "URL" is sort of special. It will determine how people get to your band page. In this case, to see BioLogik's band page you enter "http://biologik.rpmchallenge.com". The part entered in the URL field (red in the previous link) is what others will need to enter or click on to reach your page. We suggest you leave it as your band name, but if for some reason you want to use a shorter version, you certainly can. This must be unique for all bands and won't work if someone else already has that URL reserved. Once you're done click "Save" to save the information. Then "Go to Main" to return to the main screen.
Editing the Album
Once on the main again screen it's time to edit your [Current Year] album, your labor of love (or hate). If you've submitted and had your album marked as received, this year's album has been added. This will only occur if you marked your disk as "Submitted" on your profile. Click on the album name on the right, which is currently "[This Year's] Album". This will bring up the album editing screen which looks like this:
Again, like the band editing page, you can change the image of your album by using the "Browse..." and "Change Pic" buttons. You can also change the name of the album, enter a description, and choose a genre. (Now we all know how the word "genre" tends to grind gears with some folks, so the first option is blank, as in "no genre", "not using that", "can't be categorized", "down with genres"; if you don't want one, leave it blank.) Otherwise click and grab something you think works for you. Year can't be changed, because, well, we're in charge, that's why. The tags field is a free form field for you to use whatever tags you feel describes your music, just use a bunch of adjectives and nouns you like with no commas or quotes. These will be searchable in future enhancements of the site. Put whatever you like. Notice that in your new album there are no tracks. An example is: "untuned ambient nihilist techno duelist witch counterclick".
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's talk about song name and file names. There are restrictions to what you can use in a song name and this is important because it must be displayed properly on the various players. If you choose characters that can't be rendered, then often the player stops and everybody hates that. So, the characters you can use are at the bottom of the page. As for the file name, same basic rules. You can use whatever you want, but spaces aren't really very web friendly. And because the binars that manage this massive amount of data aren't quite so smart, it'd be nice if your file names used basic characters like letters, digits, and underscores. We'll even let you choose from this list: =, (, ), :, !, -, ?, _, and, heck, even spaces will work, but we still don't recommend them (but no commas). Use underscores instead -- in fact, most players will automatically replace underscore with spaces anyway when they display your song titles and file names.
You can save yourself a lot of time by using ID3 tags. These are little bits of data that gets put in the MP3 files that contain such things as band name, song title, year, genre (or not), and others. There are two versions and you can use both in the same file. The Jukebox Uploader is smart enough to read these tags to get the information from the file so you don't have to. If you tag all your files using a program like Easytag, you can tag things very quickly. You don't have to, but again, it makes sure your band name goes with every file people download. We recommend it.
There are two ways to add tracks. The first one is fast but only if you have your album loaded in your profile player. If all your tracks are in your profile player, already named, and in the correct order, you can just click "Get my [Current Year] Album from my Profile Player" and all the tracks will be added automagically. The names you entered in the Profile Player will be brought across completely unless they contain invalid characters (sorry). (You'll know if this happens because the offending track will be missing.) This is fast and easy if your disk is already in your profile.
Otherwise, you can upload one track at a time. Use the "Browse..." button to the right of "Add Track" to find the MP3 file on disk (and we only support MP3 files using standard codecs, none of those fancy schmancy proprietary ones that only look like MP3s). Once you've found the MP3 file, click on the "Add New Track" button. If it has ID3 tags, the new track name will be whatever is in the title tag, if not it'll have some generic title like "Track 2" or "Untagged". Be patient, uploads can take a while depending on your connection to the big wide world, but it'll get done. When it finishes you'll return to the edit album screen and see your new track (IE users might need to refresh the page). Keep adding tracks. Soon the screen will look something like this:
Here we see the eleven tracks in BioLogik's album. The far left is a link to modify the track. We'll get back to that. The next column has the track number so you can reorder them. You don't have to use consecutive numbers, it'll figure it out, just get them in the order you want relative to each other if for any reason you need to change them. New tracks are always added at the bottom with the next available number. The next column is the title which can't be changed here. The next column is your "preferred" track or the one that will be played at RPM listening parties or maybe just a suggestion for unwary listeners on what you think is your best (or worst) track. You can select only one (and yes, we know certain versions of IE on certain platforms don't handle this well). The next column labelled "Downloadable?" lets you specify which tracks users can download from the site. If you put a check in the box for a given track, that track can be downloaded from your band page. If not, they can only use the player. And the last column is genre (or not) as you choose. You can't change it here either, but, yes, you get a genre for the album and one for each track. Set the order if it's wrong, choose your preferred track, and which tracks you want users to be able to download and when you hit "Save" at the bottom, your track information will be saved along with your album information. To change the title or genre of a track, click on the "[Modify]" link on the far left.
The track editor is very simple. You can choose a genre, just like you did on your disk (or not), and change the title using a given set of characters (see the page). Once again, we apologize for the restrictions but it's there to make sure technology doesn't get in the way of everyone hearing your music. You can also change the download status of a track here. If you select it, this track will be downloadable from your band page. Change whatever you want and click "Save" then "Go To Album" when you are finally done.
One note, we've found that with Internet Explorer you might need to refresh certain screens to see your new information. We're working on this we promise, but for now, indulge us. The other is that if you're slow you might get logged out and get an error message saying something like "You need to login into RPM to edit your albums." Just refresh the RPM homepage or log back in if you need to, and the try the uploader again.
Once you're all done, you can go to your band page using the URL link. The main Jukebox page is "http://jukebox.rpmchallenge.com". Then you can browse by band name or year or genre. Or, put http://youbandname.rpmchallenge.com in your location bar and see your page. Tracks don't update in the player right away. It usually takes thirty to sixty minutes but, it'll eventually change. Now you can send your page out all over the world and start getting rabid fans of your own.
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