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Sharing your GarageBand Music with QT Playlist Maker

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Step 1: Export your GarageBand tunes.

Export your finished GarageBand songs by opening each one in GarageBand and choosing Export to iTunes from the File menu in GarageBand.

Export to iTunes
That will save your tune as an .aif file in a new playlist in iTunes. Usually, this file is a little to large to share on the internet so you will need to compress the file. iTunes Playlist
Step 2: Setup your compression settings in iTunes.

In iTunes, choose the Preferences menu item from the iTunes menu. Then click the Importing button at the top of the Preferences window. Here is where you set the compression settings when you usually convert songs from CD to iTunes. We're going to convert our GarageBand songs to something that can be easily played from the web.

First, select the type of format you'd like to use to compress your songs. If you can comply with AAC licensing, I'd go with that format. Otherwise I'd choose MP3.

Next we need to select a bit rate for the compressed songs. The default setting for ripping songs to be played from the hard drive is usually 128 kbps. You may want to consider compressing your songs at a lower bit rate for delivering your files from the web. It can help ensure a streamlined experience for your web listeners, and save bandwidth costs for your web site.

Importing Options
To change the bit rate of compressed songs in iTunes, select the Custom... option in the Setting drop down menu.
Custom Settings for Importing
An encoder window will open allowing you to set the bit rate, sample rate and channels your iTunes songs will be compressed to. For high-bandwidth songs I like to go with 64kpbs, 44.1kHz and Stereo.

For targeting analog modems I like to use MP3 format with 24kbps, Auto Sample Rate, and Auto Channels.

Encoder Options Window
Step 3: Convert you songs.

Once you've decided on your importing settings it's time to convert your songs. Select the songs you want to convert in your playlist and then choose the Convert Section item from the Advanced menu.

Convert Slection Menu Item
Step 4: Open the folder that contains the songs.

Now select just one song you converted from the iTunes playlist and control-click the name. A popup menu will appear. Select the "Show Song File" option.

Show Song File Menu Item
The folder should open listing the original .aif songs and the newly converted songs.
Exported Tunes Folder
Step 5: Transfer the converted songs to a web folder.

For simplicity, I like to create a new folder inside my web site that's stored locally on my hard drive for the QuickTime playlist. Then I move the converted songs to that folder.

New Folder of Content
Step 6: Open QT Playlist Maker.

Launch QT Playlist Maker, click on the Import Folder button.

QT Playlist Maker Window
A dialog window will open asking you to choose a folder. Choose the folder we just created for the QuickTime Playlist. QT Playlist Maker will import all of the songs.
Choose Folder Window
Step 7: Arrange the songs in the right order.

Arrange the songs in the right order you'd like them to be played.

Playlist Maker Window
Step 8: Export the song list.

Click the Export button. A window will appear that will allow you to name the playlist, add your name as the author, and complete copyright info.

You can also specify the playlist to loop continuously, and you have the option to create a web page with the playlist embedded in it. Click the Save button to save the playlist. For simplicity, I like to save the playlist in the same folder as the converted songs.

Export Window
Step 9: Upload your files to your web site.

You should now have the converted songs, a QuickTime playlist movie, and possibly a web page that has the playlist embedded in it. I would edit the web page to match my site, or embed the playlist move in a page I've already setup, and then upload all the materials to my web site.

When uploading the playlist files to your web site, make sure the files have the same path relationships as when you created them (That's why I like to just be them all in the same folder).

Here's an example of the final product.

Folder of items
That should do it!

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