A few pointers please: Allowing music downloads on site

Dear experts,

I have been asked by a friend to help him set up a web site. He has specified that he would like to have a section within that allows users to download some of his music files (his own music). I have quite a lot of experience developing sites using Javascript / HTML / ASP, my inital thought would be simply to host the file on the server and provide a link to it to enable a user to download it.

However, i just wanted some pointers as to whether this is the most appropriate way of doing this. Is there some special software that i should be using to enable faster downloads?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Regards
Easynow
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Dean OBrienAsked:
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
Download or listen?

I use this to allow visitors to hear music:

http://musicplayer.sourceforge.net/
as seen on
http://azarova.com/listen1.html
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Dean OBrienAuthor Commented:
I think he is mor interested in having them available to download. However, the link you provided would be ideal for people to trial the music first. Am i correct in thinking you simply provide the linkto the file? or any other suggestions?

Cheers
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
You can have one song directly linked or an xml file with a playlist.

What I also do is use itunes to put comments IN the mp3

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Dean OBrienAuthor Commented:
Mplungian,
Thanks alot for your suggestions, my apologies for the delay in replying, i have been away. The player you suggested seems ideal to my needs, i have been trying to get it to work however i cant get the player to accept my playlist.... any suggestions.

http://www.me-portal.co.uk/doingit4swing/scheduleOLD.htm

These files are in one place on my server. (xspf_player.swf / MyPlaylist.xspf / the two mp3 files).

Regards
Easynow
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Dean OBrienAuthor Commented:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<playlist version="0" xmlns = "http://xspf.org/ns/0/">
  <trackList>
   <track>http://www.me-portal.co.uk/doingit4swing/funky_tang.mp3</location>
    <image>http://www.me-portal.co.uk/doingit4swing/ScheduleImage2.jpg</image>
    <annotation>Funky Tango</annotation>
   </track>
   <track>
   <track>
    <location>http://www.me-portal.co.uk/doingit4swing/GreatRunPodShow31.mp3</location>
    <image>http://www.me-portal.co.uk/doingit4swing/ScheduleImage1.jpg</image>
    <annotation>Great North run</annotation>
   </track>
   <track>
  </trackList>
</playlist>
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
Seems you managed?

Works for me assuming the 4 times funky tango is on purpose:)
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Dean OBrienAuthor Commented:
Yeh i finally got it to work. Turns out my host server isnt set up to serve .xspf files, i had to change them to simple .txt files to work. (.xml didnt work either, i guess for the same reasons).
Thanks
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
great :)
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