How to Add Music to a PowerPoint

How to Add Music to a PowerPoint

Note: if you’re planning on playing multiple songs, it’s best to combine them into one file first.  You can find out how to do so here.

How to Add Music to a PowerPoint:

  1. Open the slide you want the music to start on (typically the first slide)
  2. Click “Insert” in the top menu and choose “Audio”
  3. Select your file, either WAV or MP3 (it’s best to use MP3s if possible because those files take up less space). If you’re trying to add a song from iTunes, first you need to convert it into an mp3 file (iTunes uses .m4a). To do so, right click the song and choose “Create MP3 Version”
  4. Decide whether you want the music to automatically start when the presentation starts (“Play in Background” button), or based on your click (“No Style”). If you choose “No Style,” the music (or other sound file) will play when you click the audio button.
  5. Choose your toppings: you can select fade-in or fade-out durations, choose the volume level for it, and decide whether it should loop when it finishes.
  6. If you have Office 2007 or newer, you can share the presentation with the music in place. If you have an older version of Office, see here.

How to Download Music Straight to Your iPhone

There are a few ways of downloading music to your iPhone, using either a paid streaming service or a file downloader.

Download Music to your iphone From iTunes & Spotify:

How to Download Music Straight to iPhone - Spotify and iTunes
Spotify & iTunes Logos

You can download thousands of songs to your phone via Spotify or iTunes, by having a paid account and selecting playlists/albums/etc. for offline use while on your computer. Then, simply open the app on your iPhone.

Download songs or albums straight to your iphone using a File Downloader:

If you want to download specific music files (like mp3 or m4a), you can use Total Downloader.

How to Send GarageBand Files

How to send GarageBand files - GarageBand LogoIf you’re wondering how to send GarageBand files, rest assured – it’s actually very simple. Read on to find out how you can send a GarageBand track either as a .m4a or .band file.

How to Send GarageBand Files

If you want to send it as an mp3 or m4a file, meaning the recipient will be able to listen to it in iTunes:

  1. Open the desired song/audio track in GarageBand
  2. In the top bar, select “Share” and click “Song to iTunes” in the drop-down menu that appears
  3. Enter the title, artist, composer, album, iTunes playlist, and Quality and click “Share”
  4. Open a new email message and click the “attach” symbol (typically a paperclip icon)
  5. Search for your track name, and select the “.m4a” file version
  6. Send the email!

If you want to send it as a file that can be opened via GarageBand (for example if you’re sending it to get mixed and mastered):

  1. Open a new email message and click the attach symbol (typically a paperclip icon)
  2. Search for your track name, and select the “.band” version
  3. Send the email!

Drake Views (From the 6)

Drake Views Album Cover
Drake Views Album Cover

Drake’s new album, Views (originally called View From the 6), was released on April 29, 2016. It’s his fourth solo album, and first in three years – though he released a mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in 2015.

Views is expected to go platinum during the first week, through a combination of streams counting as album sales and actual purchases. Part of this is because the streams for Hotline Bling are counted due to it being a single from the album.

See below for the track list.

Drake Views TrackList:

1. Keep the Family Close
2. 9
3. U With Me?
4. Feel No Ways
5. Hype
6. Weston Road Flows
7. Redemption
8. With You
9. Faithful
10. Still Here
11. Controlla
12. One Dance
13. Grammys
14. Childs Play
15. Pop Style
16. Too Good
17. Summers Over Interlude
18. Fire & Desire
20. Hotline Bling (Bonus)

Tidal Music Streaming Service: What is it?

Tidal Music Streaming Logo

Tidal music streaming service may be best known as “Jay Z’s random company.”(Jay Z is one of the co-owners and has promoted it heavily.)

But the Tidal platform and music streaming service is actually very similar to Spotify, Apple Music, etc – millions of tracks and albums that you can listen to at any time as well as playlists, radio, and more – and they now have millions of subscribers to show for it.

What Makes Tidal music streaming Different?

There are a few main things that set the Tidal music streaming experience apart.

First, exclusive content. Artists that have released albums exclusively through Tidal include Kanye, Jay Z, Beyonce, and many more. So they’re getting some very popular, huge artists and music that you can’t stream on any other service. Typically it’s only their new albums that are exclusive to Tidal (and often only temporarily), but there are exceptions: Jay Z has removed older albums like the classic Reasonable Doubt from Spotify.

However, if you’re not a fan of this small (albeit enormously popular) handful of musicians, the exclusivity won’t really affect you – the majority of new albums come out on all of the streaming services, not just Tidal.

One of the other unique Tidal perks is exclusive video content. For example, Lemonade, the visual album by Beyonce was released exclusively on Tidal (with just 24 hours on HBO Go). Though other services may not have as much exclusive video content, Spotify and other competitors are starting to move towards incorporating video.

Another aspect of Tidal that sets it apart (albeit one that doesn’t affect the user experience): Tidal pays a higher rate per song to the artist – at least 3x more than Spotify, even by conservative estimates. Ironically, this has become one of the reason that some people avoid Tidal, as the artists promoting it were worth hundreds of millions and came across to some as greedy for pleading for more money from streaming services.

How Much Does Tidal Cost?

Tidal subscriptions cost either $9.99/month or $19.99 a month, depending on whether you want the HiFi version (“Lossless” High Fidelity sound quality).

Interested in trying it out? You can sign up for Tidal or start a free trial here.