My friend (producer/ songwriter/ web designer) Mark told me about this site the other day, and I've been trying to spread the word about it the past few days. I apologize if you've seen my Twitter or Facebook posts related to it, I don't want to seem "spammy" here...but I'm really excited about the potential of this file sharing/ online backup solution.
It's called "DropBox"
I really like it for a few reasons. It works - easily, and efficiently. Simple to figure out and use. It will save me download and uploading time when I'm transferring large session files to clients and studios, and allow me to sync my media between my various computers and the web. It will also allow me to backup some of my files and create shared folders that I can use for specific recording projects and creative endeavors (songwriting, graphic design, photos etc).
The free account is 2GB and through referrals you can bump up that account in 250MB intervals for a maximum of 3GB more. So essentially, you could get up to 5GB of storage for FREE! So far I'm up to 3GB, and I'd like to see if I can max it out to the 5GB - if you want to help in that, here is my referral link:
But otherwise, I just think this is really cool and easy to use. The way it works is: After installing the application on your computer, it puts a Folder in "My Documents" (on a PC) or in your "Applications" (on a MAC) and you also have the option of being able to "tell" it where you want the DropBox folder to reside.
You do this on all of your computers (and I even think they have an iPhone DropBox too), and whenever you move a file to the DropBox folder, it almost immediately is available in all of your other DropBox Folders on your other devices. I updated the DropBox folder on my PC with some loops and other audio files the other day, and also did the same with a large mp3 recording of a recent house concert - and it was on available on my MacBook with in minutes and with two clicks - one to open the file, the other to play the file. Had I tried to do the same with something like YouSendIt, it would've been a longer process - upload using the YouSendIt uploader (making sure not to go over their file size limit), hit send, open the email program on my MacBook, click on the link to YouSendIt, download from the YouSendIt website, and once it was on my MacBook - unpack the zip file, and then - finally! - click on the file!
I know that there are a myriad of other file sharing services like this ( I was trying to use SoundCloud for this purpose for a bit) and regular dedicated off-site services such as the ones my friend Bob recently passed along to me in an email:
"Here are the two backup services I was telling you about:
A friend recommended Jungle Disk
(he suggested it's best for working with files remotely, which appeals
to me), so I'm trying it out (I pay month-to-month, so if I don't like
it, I can always switch).
If I had much more, I'd probably switch to something with a flat rate.
Jungle Disk charges $2.00 per month plus 15 cents per GB per month."
But I like the ease of use, simple and direct design, and "flow" of DropBox. I've already created a number of shared folders, back-upped some photos and, collaborated using this application - and I've only had it up and running for about a day!
So all that to say: if you are looking for an easy to use, simple to install, online backup and file sharing application...check out DropBox - and while you're at it, show me some 250MB "love" by clicking on my referral link!
And once your up and running, what do you say we do a project together - work on some songs, let me do some drum part playing and arranging? The amount of time we save using DropBox to share files, will give us more time to create some awesome music together. Click here to drop me a line and let's talk about what you have in mind!