[DIY] Music Cloud: Revisited

Music on the cloud: revisted

Things You Need

  • Your Music
  • Dropbox
  • computer (create a new one here and install and give us both 250MB extra)
  • Android version here
  • Desktop VizualizeR (free on Market here)

Set up Dropbox (computer)

  1. Go Here and download and install Dropbox onto your computer (If you have it installed already go Here and sign in)
  2. When it installs open up the Dropbox folder and place your music wherever you would like (it doesn’t have to be in the public folder for this to work. Just place your music in folders corresponding to the artists/album/whatever.)
  3. Let it finish syncing and you’ll be ready to move to the phone portion.

Set up Dropbox (phone)

  1. Download This, place on your sdcard and install.
  2. Open it up and click I’m already a Dropbox user. And enter your credentials that you just signed up with or already have.

Set up shortcuts (phone) Part 1.

  1. On your homescreen click menu and then click add.
  2. Click Shortcuts and scroll to Desktop VizualizeR
  3. Choose Select Icon (if you choose “Image File” you can navigate to the album cover/whatever you want)
  4. Click Select Action. Click “Other” Scroll to Dropbox Folder. Choose the folder where the music is located, For the Label use whatever you want. Click ok.

Set up shortcuts (phone) Part 2.

  1. Back on your homescreen click the menu button and click add.
  2. Choose “Folders” and choose “New folder”
  3. To change the name of the folder, touch the folder and when it opens long press the top where it says folder and it will open a dialog box allowing you to rename it
  4. Now Drag the Shortcut you made in Part 1 over the new folder and drop. Now when you open the folder it will contain the shortcuts to albums.
Here is a copy of the new google music that will have music cloud capabilities when officially released. However here is a copy of the one floating around now. So you can install it and be ready also, chosing this as a default for playing the music it looks better.

Now when you open up the shortcuts to your dropbox folders just choose the song you want to play and it will open it and play in the stock music player.

[Disclaimers] The streaming quality will only be as good as your data connection. Wifi works the best. I don’t have 4g to test but I’m guessing its pretty decent. 3G will sometimes pause as it buffers.

With this setup it you won’t be able to fast forward or rewind like on the previous setup.

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Jesse Perkins


[DIY] Cloud Music

Things you will need:

  • Your Music
  • A Dropbox Account (or a few)( 2GB per dropbox) create a new account and give us both 250MB extra Here
  • A Gmail account
  • A Non-native android web browser, ie Opera, Xscope, Dolphin HD
  • Desktop Visualizer if you want a custom icon like the album cover etc.
  • Time & Patience (trying to work on app atm for this without all the hassle)

Setting up Dropbox

  • Download and Install Dropbox (Linux/ubuntu, Mac, or Windows)
  • Open up the Dropbox folder on your desktop and chose the Public folder.
  • Place your music how you like remember it will be about 2GB worth of space per account. It’s good to put the music in folders that either correspond to artists or albums to keep it organized.
  • Once you have downloaded and installed dropbox and placed your music into the appropriate files Under the public folder on dropbox, you will have to navigate to the dropbox website here. (I prefer doing all the folder creating and syncing on the computer end but you can do it all on the dropbox website). After opening the dropbox website navigate to your Public folder where you placed all those folders with music in each one.
  • To get the links you will be using, open up the folders to show your individual music files (I’m using .mp3 files not sure if this works with other types yet)
  • Move your mouse all the way to the right where the arrow is, click on the arrow, click copy public link. When it opens up click shorten url (this’ll be helpful later). This will be the link you will be using later. (yes you will have to copy each one later, one at a time(this is where patience IS a virtue lol)

Setting up Gmail

  • Open up Gmail on your computer
  • On the left where your folders are listed click on “Create New Label” (if you don’t see that choice you should if you click more)
  • You can create separate labels for each album so label the folders appropriately.
  • Next comes the very tedious part.
  • Click compose Mail and make it out to yourself.
  • Make the subject the name of the album
  • In the body type the name of the songs in order, one on each line.
  • Now open up the dropbox website in a separate window and start copying and pasting the appropriate public links next to the song title in your email until you’ve done all the ones in that email. Send.
  • When it arrives place it in the Label/folder you created. (that’s it for gmail)

Set it up on your phone via Desktop Visualizer

  • Long-press and choose Shortcuts
  • Chose Desktop Visualizer
  • Chose your preferred icon be it album cover or whatever you prefer
  • chose “Select Action” and choose “Other”. Scroll to Gmail label and choose it. Your Gmail account should be there and choose it. Scroll to the Label/folder you created and now has the dropbox links. For Label put whatever you want and click ok.
  • After the shortcut is created click it to open it.
  • When it loads the folder open your email and you will have your album with track names and corresponding dropbox links. Click on whichever song you would like to hear and make sure you choose a non-native browser as the default and it will load and play the song. No extra space needed to storing music on your sd card. (no desktop visualizer? When clicking add application choose Gmail label and then your email and then your label. You just won’t get to choose a custom icon)

At this point you will have to keep your phone screen on at least with Opera it pauses the song when the screen goes off. Hopefully I’ll be able to

have help to build an app to automate all of this process. Enjoy Cloud Music.

going to write a new guide which will be a lot easier than this process however im still looking for a developer who can help build an app. however, neither one is perfect

Hey Y’all

Hey guys, if you don’t know me or even think you do here is a little background.

Schooling:               Home schooled from 3 grade to 12th grade in Missouri (some call it Misery I’ll leave that up to you)

Everything else:     Moved to Tennessee in April 2003

In August of that year I signed up for the Army seeing that i had no current way to pay for college.  Left in Jan. 2004 for bootcamp and graduated on my 20th birthday and subsequently got married 5 days later. (many regrets later ended in divorce :eeek: ) Stationed in Washington, D.C. for 2 years doing many ceremonies for Department of Defense, V.P., President Bush, and fallen soldiers from the Iraqi War, performed at places such as the Pentagon, White House, and Arlington. While there I was also chosen and actually graduated from a training class for THE nations best color guard where we presented the flags at places like football games, baseball games, previously mentioned places,  the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Scripts National Spelling Bee (I think I misspelled Scripts? lol), and even small VFW meetings. After 2 years I was sent to Fort Hood, Tx where I served helping provide Security Clearances to soldiers and running background checks while also making and maintaining lists of soldiers with clearance to certain parts of the Headquarters there. When getting ready to be sent to Operation Iraqi Freedom I was deemed too deaf to even still be in so I was given a Full Honorable Medical Discharge.

I went home to Tennessee where I got a job maintaining 3 used car lots. Washing, detailing, tagging, getting ready for customers, dropping cars off to get fixed unsold and sold ones. After 2 years I was let go because the car business cliff dove and he was closing 2 of the stores.

This let me draw unemployment while attending school in Chattanooga to get a degree in Rad. Tech. (xrays). While attending I held a 3.5 but with most 2 year medical degrees these programs only accept from 16- 32 top candidates per YEAR. I applied knowing I had all my underlying courses and was well prepared for a program that was compared to      bootcamp however I was points behind everyone else because I had no state issued diploma because I was home schooled and had to get a GED.

Disappointed heavily but not broken, I moved down to Athens, Ga in with my fiancée (with whom I’ve been since October 2008). I’m currently attending Athens Tech and just finished up the 2 classes I needed to apply to their Radiology program in addition to applying back to Chattanooga and 2 other schools programs. (In addition my unemployment has run out so we’re relying on student loans and my Pell grant and our HOPE scholorships mostly she works on Saturdays.)

Tomorrow I want to showcase some of my work on android and thanks for reading