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Whether you are hiring a touch screen digital jukebox from us for your party or are going retro and renting a CD or Vinyl jukebox from us, you can add some of your own music to the jukebox that you are hiring with us.
With the Digital Touch Screen Jukeboxes this can be done on the day – but we think it is far better of you send us the music ahead of delivery and we will pre-load your jukebox hire with your extra music. That way if there are any problems these can be resolved before your jukebox is delivered to your venue for your party.
Digital music can be sent to us on a USB stick or sent to us via one of the Cloud based file transfer companies such as Wetransfer or Dropbox etc.
- MP3: Designed by the Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG), an organization that develops standards for coded audio and video programs, the MPEG-1/MPEG-2 Layer 3 (MP3) is arguably the most prolific and supported audio file type. MP3 is both a compressed and lossy audio format, with bit rates ranging from 8 kbit/s up to a maximum of 320 kbit/s, and sampling frequencies ranging from 16 kHz to a maximum of 48 kHz. The smaller file sizes of MP3s means faster file transferring and less space used, but at the cost of a reduction in sound quality (versus lossless).
- AAC: Made popular by Apple iTunes, the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format is similar to MP3, but with one added benefit of greater efficiency. AAC is both a compressed and lossy audio format, with bit rates ranging from 8 kbit/s up to a maximum of 320 kbit/s, and sampling frequencies ranging from 8 kHz to a maximum – with the right encoding process – of 96 kHz. Pound for pound, an AAC file can deliver the same audio quality as an MP3 while taking up less space. It also supports up to 48 channels, while most MP3 files can handle only two. AAC is widely accepted (but not limited to) by iOS, Android, and handheld gaming devices.
- WMA: Developed by Microsoft as a competitor to the MP3, Windows Media Audio files offer a similar, albeit proprietary experience. The standard WMA is both a compressed and lossy audio format, although newer, distinct sub-versions with more advanced codecs can offer a lossless option. While many types of portable media and home entertainment players support WMA files by default, few mobile devices do. Many smartphones and tablets require downloading a compatible app in order to recognize and play WMA audio, which can make it less convenient to use versus MP3 or AAC.
- FLAC: Developed by the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) has much appeal due to its royalty-free licencing and open format. FLAC is both a compressed and lossless audio format, with file quality able to reach up to 32-bit / 96 kHz (by comparison, a CD is 16-bit / 44.1 kHz). FLAC enjoys the advantage of a reduced file size (about 30 to 40 percent smaller than the original data) without having to sacrifice audio quality, which makes it an ideal medium for digital archiving (i.e. using it as the master copy in order to create compressed/lossy files general listening). Foundation, the
- ALAC: Apple’s version of FLAC, the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) shares much similarity with respect to audio quality and file size. ALAC is both a compressed and lossless audio format. It’s also fully-supported by iOS devices and iTunes, whereas FLAC audio may not be by default. As such, ALAC would most commonly be used by those using Apple products.
- WAV: Also developed by Microsoft, the Waveform Audio File Format (WAVE, or more commonly known as WAV) is a standard for Windows-based systems and compatible with a variety of software applications. WAV is both an uncompressed (but can also be coded as compressed) and lossless audio format, essentially an exact copy of the source data. Individual files can take up a significant amount of space, making the format more ideal for archiving and/or audio editing. WAV audio files are similar to PCM and AIFF audio files.
- AIFF: Also developed by Apple, the Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) is a standard for storing audio on Mac computers. AIFF is both an uncompressed (there is also a compressed variant) and lossless audio format, And just as Microsoft’s WAV, AIFF files can take up quite the amount of digital storage space, making it best-used for archiving and editing.
- PCM: Used to digitally represent analog signals, Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) is the standard audio format for CDs, but also for computers and other digital audio applications. PCM is both an uncompressed and lossless audio format, quite often acting as the source data for creating other audio file types.
How should I organise my digital files?
if you are sending us whole albums of music – keep these in folders of each individual album. if you are sending us a collation of individual tracks that you have put together – group these together into individual albums of no more than 25-30 tracks each. Name the folder to a title that makes sense to you – so maybe Our Wedding Killer Tunes or Dave’s Best Party Music etc. Then ‘Tag’ each individual track inside that folder with the appropriate album name tag.
This is more full explained here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID3
It won’t be a disaster if you don’t do this – but you run the risk that the tracks that you want grouped together will be split up by the jukebox software and seen as separate track son the screen.
When sending Apple formatted music – particularly if copied from a MAC computer – make sure that the tracks you send us do not have a series of number sin front of them. So the track must not look like this: 11 Robbie Williams Angels – lose the 11 so the track name starts with the album or artists name – not a number.
When adding CDs into a CD Jukebox we do not need the CDs ahead of delivery. What we do need however is for you to complete a template for the CD card – this can be downloaded here https://www.jukebox45s.co.uk/documents/card-example.doc
Then email this to us. We will then print the cards for your cds and have these placed in the jukebox title display ready for your hire.
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