Make music to the Lord!
Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!
I will sing to the Lord, I will sing;
make music to the Lord, the God of Israel.
Judges 5:3 (NIV)
- I don't have a Paypal account, can I still buy from you?
- How can I pay by Credit Card?
- What happens after I pay for the songs through Paypal?
- How large are the download files?
- My download came as a zip file, what do I do with it?
- When I extracted my download, I found two versions of the song and a couple of other files. Is this what I should be receiving?
- Could I hear samples of the songs, prior to purchasing?
- Why do some collections have only one song?
- When I check the pricing on some collections, it is less than the total prices of the individual songs. Is this a mistake?
- Why do you sell the songs as mp3 files?
- Can I make additional copies of the tracks?
- I prefer to buy something a little more tangible than a download, is there any way I can purchase your arrangements on CD instead of a download?
- I love the instrumental lead versions of the songs, can I use them on our phone system for when people are on hold?
- My church has a different musical taste than what you offer, will you be adding to your selections?
- Don't you think that pre-recorded music is too distracting and actually inhibits worship?
- Can we still use our musicians for some of our songs?
- I am a church musician with studio equipment. I would love to be able to make tracks for you, is this a possibility?
1. I don't have a Paypal account, can I still buy from you? Yes. While Paypal is one of the most trusted names in Internet purchasing today, if you wish, you may pay by another method such as Visa, Mastercard American Express or Discovery.
Paypal will process payments from these cards without requiring you to set up a Paypal account. There is no additional service charge.
2. How can I pay by Credit Card? From your shopping cart, click the PAY button to proceed to the Paypal screen. On the left side of the screen, under Don't have a Paypal account?, click Continue, where you may enter your credit card information.
2. What happens after I pay for the songs through Paypal?Once you have selected your songs and clicked the "Pay" button on the shopping cart, you will be taken to the Paypal site to complete the transaction. Enter the required information to pay by Credit Card or Paypal account.
IMPORTANT: Double check your email address before completing the transaction. We need this to send you a download link.
A receipt screen will be displayed indicating that the transaction was completed. You may print this screen, if you wish, by pressing Ctrl-P. The Paypal window may now be closed.
Our site will send you an email containing links to download the songs that you purchased.
Please make sure that any SPAM FILTERING is turned off until you receive your message. Also, please allow some time for the message to arrive. Email is not instantaneous, and the message may take as long as 15 minutes, depending on network traffic.
When the message arrives, simply click the link to download the song. There will be a separate link for each song purchased.
3. How large are the download files?Our song files range in size from about 8 Meg to 14 Meg, so please allow some time for your download, especially if you are using a dial-up connection to the Internet. Each download contains two high quality song files, as well as 2 PDF information files.
4. My download came as a zip file, what do I do with it?The process of "unzipping" or extracting a zip file largely depends on your computer's operating system. Here is a quick rundown for the most popular systems:
WINDOWS XP Service Pack 2
Beginning with this version, Microsoft began including a file compression utility as a part of Windows Explorer. Simply right click the file in Windows Explorer, select "Extract All" which launches the extract wizard. It will give you the opportunity to specify where you would like to extract the zip file to.
WINDOWS 95 - XP Service Pack 1
These versions of Windows did not include a file compression utility, so we recommend a free software package that is very easy to use, called ZipGenius. Available here, simply download, install and follow the directions to extract your zip files to any place on your hard drive.
MAC OS 10.3 and later
As with Windows, the latest versions of the Mac OS have a utility built in. To activate it, simply double click on the zip file.
MAC Prior to 10.3
These version require software to extract, we recommend ZipIt, available for download here.
Most "flavors" of Linux can handle zip files without any third party software. From the command line type "unzip filename". This will unzip the file to the current directory. Check your man pages for specific syntax to extract to another location.
5. When I extracted my download, I found two versions of the song and a couple of other files. Is this what I should be receiving?Yes, you received the complete and correct package. The song is recorded as an accompaniment track, and a second "demo" version has lead instruments included to help in learning the overall structure of the song. (Verse, chorus, key change, etc.)
The lead instruments stay fairly close to the written melody, taking the occasional liberties for musical interest.
Arranger's notes are included which walk the leader through the song, emphasizing ways to make it a more effective vehicle of worship. Also, there is an End User License Agreement, which provides details on what can and cannot be done with the song.
6. Could I hear samples of the songs, prior to purchasing?Absolutely! We would not expect you to make any purchases, without first hearing the quality of our tracks.
When you go to the Worship Tracks page, you will see a listing of collections. Click on the collection image to see the detail page, where you will find a sample clip for each song. Simply click the button labelled "Listen" to hear a 30 second clip. You can purchase individual songs, or the entire collection from that page.
7. Why do some collections have only one song?Our store front software was designed specifically for music applications, however, most music is sold in collections or "albums". We want to provide our customers with the opportunity to purchase the individual songs that they require, so we created a collection for each song, which contains only that song.
There are also collections which are groups of songs. When you are viewing collection details, by clicking on the collection image, you will see a complete song list. You can make individual purchases or purchase the entire collection from the detail page.
As our selection of songs grows, we will be putting together various collections, to group the songs logically.
8. When I check the pricing on some collections, it is less than the total prices of the individual songs. Is this a mistake?Some collections are priced to provide a discount to customers wishing to purchase more than one track.
We want to be considered an affordable source of top quality accompaniment tracks.
9. Why do you sell the songs as mp3 files?We chose mp3 because it is a widely used non-proprietary format.
Besides mp3 players like Apples Ipod, there are many other devices that can play mp3 files such as computers, CD players, DVD players, PDAs, and even some cell phones.
The file size is manageable for downloading and storage, while still maintaining high quality sound.
Other websites offer songs in MIDI format, but we felt that there were people out there who didn't want to deal with the technical aspects or equipment requirements of MIDI files.
10. Can I make additional copies of the tracks? No, additional copies may not be made.
Our licensing requires that we make regular reports of our download activity to the song's publishers. Therefore, we cannot allow additional copies to be made, as this would render our reports incorrect. Remember, making unauthorized copies steals revenue from the artists who created the piece.
For more information, please read our End Users License Agreement, which is included with each download.
11. I prefer to buy something a little more tangible than a download, is there any way I can purchase your arrangements on CD instead of a download? Our license with the publishers is currently just for digital distribution of the music, so we would have to purchase a separate license to sell CDs. If there is enough interest in this format, we will certainly do that.
In the meantime, you may put the download onto a CD, for backup and playing purposes.
12. I love the instrumental lead versions of the songs, can I use them on our phone system for when people are on hold? Unfortunately, using music on a telephone system is considered broadcasting, and requires a separate copyright license. If you wish to, it is possible to obtain the necessary rights. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
13. My church has a different musical taste than what you offer, will you be adding to your selections?
Yes, definitely. As this is a new venture, we are still developing our range of selections. We decided to start off with some of the most popular songs from the CCLI library.
New arrangements are constantly being added and we have plans to develop a number of styles, including some nice surprises. Please check back often to see our latest offerings.
14. Don't you think that pre-recorded music is too distracting and actually inhibits worship?The key to musical worship, whether with live accompaniment, or pre-recorded is that the voices of the people "make it". After all, everything that we do as worship leaders is to encourage the people to worship. The people need to join in and SING!
Quality music usually serves to help make people feel less self-conscious about singing out. They then become more engaged in the God-conscious activity that is true worship. Poorly quality music, whether live or recorded can also distract and inhibit worship.
15. Can we still use our musicians for some of our songs? As Christian musicians, it is not our intention to eliminate the existing ministries of other Christian musicians. Worship accompaniment tracks are to provide music for groups and churches that are struggling with a shortage of musical resources.
Also, some churches may have musicians that can only play a certain style of music and are thus limiting the range of music used in the church. In these cases, the church should continue to use their musicians for the music that they are able to play well, and use tracks for other songs. This will allow for for greater variety in worship services.
Encourage your existing and potential musicians to continue to improve their abilities, and use them whenever practical. Listening to accompaniment tracks is an excellent way for musicians to develop their craft.
16. I am a church musician with studio equipment. I would love to make tracks for you, is this a possibility? Yes, we are open to having other musicians record high quality tracks for sale on our website, at our discretion. We would help you by taking care of licensing and distribution, so you just have to worry about making the music.
If you are interested in pursuing this type of relationship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.