Sending songs through email mirrors the age of the mixed tape. Unlike tapes, digital audio can be sent in various formats and through different email procedures. For most songs, sending is simple.
Common Audio Formats
Deciding what audio format to send in an email depends heavily on the sound quality you want. Compressed audio formats such as MP3 or WMA files offer near CD quality sound with small file sizes. The MP3 remains the most common audio format and is compatible with most popular audio devices and programs. Uncompressed audio formats such as WAV or AIFF files offer the same sound quality as the original source. This means that the files will sound exactly the same as your CDs or even Dolby Digital CDs. Many opt away from uncompressed audio files because of their large file sizes. Sending large files presents a problem for some email services. Consult your email service for information regarding the maximum allowable attachment size. This size varies from service to service. To check your songs file size, right click on the file and choose 'Get Info' from the drop down menu that appears. The file size will be listed there.
Sending songs requires little technical knowledge. Click 'Compose' in your mail service's main window. Select 'Attach File' from the options given next to the 'Send' button. A pop up window will allow you to navigate through your hard drive. Select the desired song and click 'OK' to exit the window and attach the file. Be sure to fill in the 'To' portion and write any message you may want to send with the song. Press 'Send' to send email as normal. If the file you opted for is too large for your mail service there are other options. There is a free service called yousendit that allows you to send files up to 100 Megabytes. You can visit there site by following the link in the 'References' section of this article. The catch is you can only send one file at a time. If you have multiple songs you want to send, simply select all the songs you want to send and right click on them. Select 'create archive of files' in the drop down menu that appears. This will create a single file that can be sent. When the receiver clicks on this file it will open a folder with all the files inside.
Locating files on a hard drive is a little different for everyone depending on the program you use to organize and store your music. There are some key areas to check first when trying to locate audio files. The most common location is in your computer's default "Music" folder which can be found by clicking on your hard drive's icon and then selecting the "Users" folder. In the "Users" folder, select the "Administrator" folder. As a default, there is a "Music" folder here. In some versions of Windows, this folder may just be named "Documents." If you use iTunes, there will be an additional folder within the "Music" folder called "iTunes Music" that will contain your library files.
If you cannot locate a file but know its name, use the search bar. To find the search bar, click on your hard drive's icon. In the window that appears, the search bar will be in the upper right hand corner and will say "Search" in Windows and will have a magnifying glass icon on a Mac. Type the file's name in the search bar. The search will go through the files on your computer and list any matches that are found. If you click on the file it will tell you where it is located on your computer.
Files from CDs must be copied to your computer before they can be attached to an email.