GoMojo Basement Downloads Guide

Downloads from GoMojo Basement are encoded at a much lower compression ratio than the downloads available from the major providers, such as iTunes, eMusic and Amazon. The better your headphones/speakers are, the more this is evident. You can choose between two different formats - AAC and Ogg Vorbis. The choice is down to your preference and what your player supports. We do not offer the MP3 format because of the substantial license fees involed.

Available formats (just read the text in bold if you don't care about the techie stuff!)

Download in AAC format AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) is a lossy compression format for audio and was designed as the successor to MP3. It is part of both the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 specifications. AAC tracks supplied by GoMojo Basement are contained in MP4 container files with the file extension .m4a. This is the standard format used on Apple iTunes (but encoded with lower audio quality on iTunes). Some older software may require the file extension to be changed to .mp4 to recognise the files, although this is unusual.

AAC/MP4 files are supported on most modern audio players and mobile platforms, incl. iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and some older ones like Zune, Zen and Sony Walkman. Please check your manual for compatibility.

AAC/MP4 files from GoMojo Basement are encoded for superior audio quality using Variable Bit Rate (VBR) with a bit rate of up to 400 kbps and the Low Complexity (LC) profile for wider compatibility. Cover art is embedded in each track.

Download in Ogg Vorbis format Ogg Vorbis is an open, patent-free standard for audio files. Ogg is the container format and Vorbis is the audio format. Like AAC it uses lossy compression, however the model is different. At the high bitrates we use for encoding, it is unlikely that you will notice any difference between Ogg Vorbis and AAC, but some people have a preference.

Ogg Vorbis files are not as widely supported as AAC. However some players incl. Sansa Fuze support Ogg Vorbis and not AAC. Some players can be modified to support Ogg Vorbis. If you're on a Linux device then you probably want Ogg. For more information please click here.

Ogg Vorbis files from GoMojo Basement are encoded for superior audio quality using Variable Bit Rate (VBR) with a bit rate of up to 425 kbps. There is no standard way of embedding cover art in Ogg Vorbis files, so cover art is included as a separate file (please see below).


 

How to download

When you buy an album download you will download it as a single zip file, which contains the following directories and files compressed: the top directory has the name of the artist. Inside that is a directory with the name of the album. Inside the album directory are the individual tracks in either AAC or Ogg Vorbis format.

Uncompress the zip archive after download and copy the contents (the artist folder and everything below) to your player. If you already have other albums by this artist then you may want to copy the album directory only.

Downloading on iOS devices (iPad, iPhone)

You cannot download directly to an iPad or iPhone using Safari. This is not specific to GoMojo, it goes for all file downloads. While there are alternative browsers that allow you to download to cloud storage, we recommend that you download on your laptop or desktop machine, transfer the download to your iTunes library and then sync your device.

Cover art

Ogg Vorbis downloads also contain a single jpg file with the cover art in the album directory. This file is called folder.jpg and should be recognised by your player as the cover art to be displayed for all tracks under that album. Some players may require this file to have a different name - please refer to the manual. AAC downloads have the cover art embedded in each track.

Stay legal

Downloads are non-refundable and are for personal use only. Any form of streaming to other people, broadcasting or sharing is strictly prohibited.

We regret that we are unable to offer technical support for individual players. Please refer to the manual and the manufacturer's Web site.