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Quick question... Does anyone know of a free iPage web hosting place? Looking forward for any answer or 2. Second question.. I need to set up ocC to allow customers to download MP3's. I know this is definitely possible but I'm hoping some of you out there who have shops running like this could give me some ideas as how to set it up and let me know what is and isn't possible..

For example... If a customer wishes to download an entire album, do you give them a link for each track? How is this set up? Do you enter each track in as an individual product or how? I'm struggling to get my head around this..

Also how easy is it to set up promotions... for example tracks are normally a pound each, but if a customer buys 5 together, they get them for say 4 pounds. Bearing in mind it could be any 5 tracks they choose and not a pre-determined 'bundle' as such. Is this possible?.

If anyone knows any sites that are set up selling mp3 using osC I would appreciate it if you could post the url's in this thread..

Thanks for your help...

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You betcha! although you might want to make sure and wait for another person here to confirm it as I am unsure. Better yet, why don't you give a call to the iPage guys because they can give you an answer better...

Comment #1

What I tend to do for my hypnotherapy CDs is offer them in Zip format... this has a few advantages:.

1) The file size is smaller - thus helping on download and bandwidth.

2) The zip file automatically downloads.

3) You can choose IF you want to zip single tracks, or put whole album into one zip file..

Unfortunatly, this is all I can offer in the way as help as I myself am new to php and OSC..

Let me know if this is what you want!..

Comment #2

I was considering using zip files. Do you find that your customers deal with the zips ok? I don't want to put off the less technically knowledgable ones. Also I was thinking of setting the zips up so that they self extracted...

Comment #3

You can't compress MP3 files any further - Mp3 *is* a compression format, like *.zip...

Comment #4

Everything you wish to do is possible. There are contribs for generating the buy 4 get 5th free scenario - search the contributions section..

I'd reccomend using some sort of gift voucher conrtib too - allow people to buy $X worth of music for use at any time or to pass on to friend etc..

Look thru the contribs - you'll be suprised with what ideas you'll come up with on your own...

Comment #5

Thanks for the heads up on the contrib ideas AfterDark. I'm new to osC so I wasn't really considering contribs. I shall have a look through though..

Just out of interest what are people's thoughts on the following situation....

If you bought an MP3 album by one particular artist would you expect to receive one link that downloads all tracks? or one link for each track on the album?.

Also... say you chose 2 tracks from one album and 2 from another different one. Would you still expect to recieve only one link to downlaod the 4 tracks or a link for each one?..

Comment #6

I'm still interested to hear from anyone who knows how to force a browser to download an MP3 rather than play it..

Also if someone could please post their thoughts on this situation it would help me out a lot....

If you bought an MP3 album by one particular artist would you expect to receive one link that downloads all tracks? or a link for each track on the album?.

Also... say you chose 2 tracks from one album and 2 from another different one. Would you still expect to recieve only one link to downlaod the 4 tracks or a link for each one?..

Comment #7

If I am buying an album onlike, I would expect it to be a single file..

I dont want to have to click on 8 to 12 links to get the songs. one click, one file and then no problem for me..

For forcing download rather than buying, have you tried the download feature of osCommerce prior to asking some of these questions?.

When you are doing individual track selection, that is another ballgame on what to give the customer for links...

Comment #8

Not sure what you mean here. but my problem is that say the customer has bought an MP3 and I present them with a link to download the song....

Http://www.mydomain.com/yoursong.mp3.

When the customer clicks it I want it to only offer the option to download the file NOT play the file, which some browsers are set to do. there must be a way of forcing this..

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Paul S.

: 10 September 2004, 14:00..

Comment #9

A zip file would do this. It is not about compresssion, but about downloading. People may be wary though about downloading a self-extracting zip file - I know I would. Otherwise you could tell them to 'right click and save target as'..

Comment #10

By default osc forces the download of a file - thats why mibble answered you the way he did. and as far as albums and single tracks, install osc and actually try some of this stuff - Use the product options to achieve results...

Comment #11

I need to set up ocC to allow customers to download MP3's. I know this is definitely possible but I'm hoping some of you out there who have shops running like this could give me some ideas as how to set it up and let me know what is and isn't possible..

For example... If a customer wishes to download an entire album, do you give them a link for each track? How is this set up? Do you enter each track in as an individual product or how? I'm struggling to get my head around this..

Also how easy is it to set up promotions... for example tracks are normally a pound each, but if a customer buys 5 together, they get them for say 4 pounds. Bearing in mind it could be any 5 tracks they choose and not a pre-determined 'bundle' as such. Is this possible?.

If anyone knows any sites that are set up selling mp3 using osC I would appreciate it if you could post the url's in this thread..

Thanks for your help...

Comment #12

I'm still looking for answers to the above questions. I know there are people here that sell MP3's through osCommerce. Please, any advice is welcome..

I also have one other thought. How do you force the browser to download the MP3 rather than play it. There must be a way of doing this..

Thanks...

Comment #13


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.