I’ve had a few people asking me what program I use to create the mix of the month and how they can make one themselves, so I thought I’d share the process. All you need is iTunes. Here’s how to do it:
1. Put all the songs you want to use in an iTunes playlist.
2. Make sure your preferences are set so that iTunes copies new music into its folder and that iTunes is organizing your files for you. (Edit–>Preferences–>Advanced tab–>click checkboxes for “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library” and “Keep iTunes Media folder organized”) note: you can change your settings back later if you’d like, but you’ll need to do this till the mix is complete
3. Select all the songs in the playlist and bring up the “Advanced Menu” by right clicking once they’re all highlighted.
4. Click “Create MP3 Version”, to be sure that the files will be playable for all the people you send the mix to.
5. While the songs are converting, create a new folder on your desktop that’s titled whatever you’d like the mix to be called.
6. Once all the songs are converted, open your iTunes “Recently Added” smart playlist. The tracks should all be there.
7. If you’d like to change the name of the album to the title of your mix, while still in the “Recently Added” playlist, select all the songs for the mix and edit the album title as a group.
8. If you’d like to add custom album art, while still in the Recently Added playlist, select all the songs for the mix and clear the downloaded album artwork. Then copy and paste your own artwork.
9. If you have a specific order you’d like the tracks to play in, edit the track numbers of each song to match the order in which you’d like them to play. (i.e. 1 of X, 2 of X, etc)
10. Once you’re done editing album titles, album art, and track numbers, and while still in the “Recently Added” playlist, select the first song for the mix and right click. Click “Open in Windows Explorer” (or Mac equivalent). That should open the file in a browser window. Cut the song from that folder and paste it into the folder you created in step #5.
11. Once you’ve gotten all the files into the folder you created on the desktop, double check to be sure they retained the properties you edited in steps 7-9.
12. If everything is correct, zip up the file (including the album artwork as a separate file just to be safe), and upload it to a media host like dropbox, dropsend, mediafire, or sendspace.
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