The Definitive Method For Delivering Large Audio Files

Dropbox, Box.net, YouSendIt, WeTransfer, DropSend, SendSpace, BigAssFiles.com…

We have seen them all when receiving audio files.  Some of them aren’t half bad (WeTransfer comes to mind) and some of them are absolute horrible messes with download screens covered in ads or deliberately misleading links to malware.  All of them are a bit of a pain (especially when you have to sign up for an account to get your goodies) and seem a bit unprofessional to use.

Some talent have their own built in methods on their websites for delivering audio (have D.C. Douglas send you a file one day, it’s pretty cool), but most require a username and password and can be confusing for the client and a pain for talent to set up.

This method is simpler, quicker, prettier and says to the world, “Hey, I got this covered without the use of third party apps or services.”  You will need your own website (you do have one, right?), and ftp access to same (you do have that, right?) to continue.  I’ll make this simple for the voiceover actors reading:

Step 1: Zip up your audio.  This is essential as not only does it make the file smaller, it might cause your link to just autoplay the audio in you recipients browser if you don’t.

Step 2: Create a blank subfolder under your site’s main domain called “Delivery” or something similar.

Step 3: In your ftp client drag over any zipped files you want to send out into the Delivery folder.

Now just send your client an email like this:

Dearest Client,

Your audio is now available for download here:

http://mywebsite.com/Delivery/FileName.zip

Hugs and kisses,
VO Talent

That’s it.  When they click on the link in the email they will automatically get a download prompt to save locally:

Note that you can have multiple files in the same zip file to deliver all at once.  Also note that your recipient does not need ftp access on their end and can pretty much be a total moron as all they need to do is click the link in your email.  Also note that this method can be used for delivering any type of file, large or small, so feel free to spread a link to this blog post all over the internet and boost my PageRank.

6 Comments to “The Definitive Method For Delivering Large Audio Files”

  1. j s gilbert says:

    The only caveat with doing something like this, and it can be a rather lare caveat, is that without having seperate files covered by specific passwords, individuals can go into the delivery folder and examine, download or otherwise have access to any files that are there. In many cases, they can also go to the hierarchy and gain access to any and all files on the site>

    It’s a big reason why these vsaried delivery sites exist. YouSendIt is cost-effective and offers decent protection in a very easy-to-use and uncluttered format. I also like the product offer by GoDaddy, called “OnlineFileFolder.com” CLients can use an FTP client, or can gain entrance through the built in dashboard, or you can send an email with an automatic download link. It’s a pretty cheap sereice too. All fields can be individually password protected, or you can protect folders, groups, etc.

    • Valid concern. This method does not allow viewing of the top “Delivery” folder. It is still a bit less secure than full on password protection but gets the job done nicely when you aren’t delivering national secrets.

  2. I have done exactly this for several years, and so far without hassles. Clients seem to like the simplicity; right-click, save as… Mr. Gilbert’s good point does make me a little concerned, tho. I have to look into the security issue.

  3. You haven’t tried them all until you try ge.tt
    Client can start downloading while you are still uploading that huge file they wanted yesterday. And they don’t sign up for anything, and the site is very clean.

  4. DC Douglas says:

    Aw! I’m blushing! ;-)

  5. I’ve been using http://www.wetransfer.com for a while. Nor just because it’s a Dutch company, but because I receive a notification as soon as my client has downloaded the files. It’s proof that my product has been delivered.

    George, thanks for the tip. I’ll try ge.tt next time!

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