The Windows version is here.
Sometimes, you love a song and it’s not on the web. That’s just not right, because the three or so generations alive today are largely responsible for making sure that all the important and interesting stuff (and not just important cat videos) make it onto the internet.
This is because the same way we have “history” and “prehistory,” we’re going to have “post-internet” and “pre-internet” access to information.
If you want to do your part and upload a bit of history from CD, cassette, vinyl, wax cylinder, reel-to-reel, or whatever, then you are a good person. The people of the future, not to mention the present, are depending on you, and possibly you alone.
A quick note on copyright for obvious reasons: We’re going to use YouTube for this, precisely because we’ll be using music to which we don’t have the rights. Google, which owns YouTube, offers mechanisms for rightsholders to identify that music, claim it as their own, and either slap ads on it to earn money (for them, not you), or get it deleted. In other words, if one of these goes viral, someone will probably claim or delete it before you make any ill-gotten money, so calm down, we’re doing a good thing here. This is for posterity, not profit, at least by you.
To upload rare music onto the internet, first you need to get it onto your computer. You’re on your own for this part. I wrote a book about ten years ago that tells you how to grab a song from cassette, vinyl, or CD, but similar tutorials are all over the internet, for free. In basic terms, you’d either rip the CD at a high-bitrate MP3 format, or record it onto your computer using a simple $5 cable and the free Audacity software (make sure to get the Lame codec too — the software tells you how), and output the song as an MP3.
1. You now have the music as MP3
Yay, that was easy. Now you just need to upload it to YouTube — but YouTube doesn’t accept plain sound files, so you’ll need to make a video. Don’t worry, it’s easy and free to do on either Mac or Windows.
2. Make a simple “movie”
3. Open the music menu
You’re not going to believe how easy this is. Click the little music symbol represented by two tied eighth notes:
4. Drag in the song
First, navigate to it like this:
Then drag it up and to the left, into the Project area, so it looks like this:
5. Drag in an image
Did you really think we were going to make you shoot a whole movie? There’s no need. All you’re trying to do is put a song on the web, so you can just use a still image. To do that, find an image on your computer and simply drag it onto the song:
6. You have made a song into a movie – now upload it
Your not-so-hard work is about to pay off for the possible good of some of humankind. All you need to do is export the movie directly into your YouTube account. You have one of those, right? If not, get one, but you already have one if you use Gmail, Android, or other Google stuff.
Fill in all this stuff and uncheck “Personal”:
We recommend selecting a high video resolution so that the music sounds good.
There you go! Now spread the URL far and wide, or don’t — so long as you put the artist and song in the title, the people who are looking for it should be able to find it.