Uploading media (MP3) files

Question:
How do I upload my media for use with Centova Cast?


Answer:

Typically, media is uploaded via FTP. If FTP integration has been configured on your server, then the process is very similar to that of uploading files to a web site:

  1. Connect to your server's IP address (or domain name) using an FTP client. (If you don't already have an FTP client, we recommend FileZilla).

  2. Login to the FTP server using your Centova Cast stream's username and password. Note that this is not your "admin" account; you need to use the actual username and password you specified when creating the stream in Centova Cast.

  3. Upon logging in, you should see a "media" directory. Open the "media" directory and upload your media files (i.e., MP3s) into this directory.

    Note: Depending on how your Centova Cast installation was setup, you may automatically be placed in the "media" directory. If you do not see a "media" directory when you login, then simply upload your media files into the current directory.

  4. Once your media files have been uploaded, be sure to login to Centova Cast's web interface, click "Manage Playlists", and then click "Update Media Library". This will allow Centova Cast to import all of your new media files, and retrieve the necessary song covers and affiliate information from Amazon.com (if enabled).


If you are unsure of whether FTP integration has been configured on your server:

  1. Did you pay for professional installation service from Centova Technologies? If so, the E-mail you received when your installation was completed should have indicated whether FTP integration had been setup. (Note that except in very unusual cases, we virtually always setup FTP integration during installation.)
  2. If you installed Centova Cast yourself, you should have seen a message near the end of the installation process (after running install.sh) which indicated whether or not FTP integration was configured automatically.
  3. If the install.sh script could not automatically setup FTP integration (due to an unexpected or non-standard pre-existing Pure-FTPd/ProFTPd configuration), you would have had to setup FTP integration manually by following the instructions of the installation guide.
  4. If in doubt, just try it. If you're able to login via FTP, then FTP integration is configured; if you get a "Login failed" error, then it's likely not.
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