SAMSA Completes E-Commerce Shopping Cart System for Musical CD Conversion Client

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SAMSA recently implemented a shopping cart system for its client CD to Digital LLC. The e-commerce site utilizes PayPal checkout with a simple PHP-based shopping system that SAMSA created. Customers may now place orders online for their CDs they would like to have "ripped" into MP3 or FLAC audio formats for use on their computer, iPod or other portable music player. SAMSA also hosts the website.

CD to Digital LLC (http://www.cdtodigital.com), located in Bay City, Michigan, is a service-based company that converts or "rips" music CDs into the popular MP3 and FLAC audio file formats. MP3s can be played on nearly all digital playing devices and FLAC files may be edited or re-encoded. The converted files allow customer's to load them onto their computer, home digital music system, iPod, or other portable music player. Many people have hundreds of CDs sitting on shelves or in piles that would love to "rediscover" their music but don't have the time or inclination to do it themselves. CD to Digital is a fast, affordable, easy-to-use professional service available to fulfill these needs.

Kathleen Garrett, owner of CD to Digital, sought out SAMSA (http://www.samsa.com) to help her get her website up and running. SAMSA assisted her with the shopping cart portion of the e-commerce website and also hosts it. She notes, "I chose SAMSA because it was important to me to work with a company that was based locally -- I wanted to be able to meet in person at certain phases of the project." SAMSA programmer Josh Taylor states, "We integrated PayPal checkout with a simple PHP-based shopping system. It allows us to manage the shopping and purchasing process as we wish, and lets PayPal take care of the checkout process. This saves development time and cost for both the client and us. It's a simple, yet professional, shopping cart system to use."

Garrett describes her experience working with the SAMSA team to getting the shopping cart system activated; "They were very helpful. Going into this, I had a lot of general knowledge about how website shopping carts worked but no specific experience with setting one up. We talked about different options available, and the expense associated with each one. As the shopping cart was being developed, I was able to test it out and suggest changes where necessary. They gave me specific directions for how to update my site once it was up and running." Garrett adds, "I would recommend SAMSA to other businesses that need web services. I was very pleased with the services they provided. They were able to meet with me and start working on my site almost immediately. They kept me up-to-date with progress reports on a regular basis, responded promptly to my questions, and were flexible when I had last minute additions. There were no hidden costs -- the amount they quoted was the amount that was charged."

CD to Digital uses professional custom-made software and hardware to convert music.

It minimizes inconsistencies with high quality error detection, and they're able to include metadata for each individual track by utilizing the advantageous Get Digital Data's GD3 Database. Customers are able to place their orders online and in turn they are sent all materials needed to safely ship their CDs. Staff processes the order and sends a final shipment that contains their original CDs, and their new digital library on DVD as well as a laser-printed color index of their entire collection organized in a three-ring binder. Customers have the option to have their music saved to a purchased hard drive as well as having their music loaded onto their iPod. Free pick-up and delivery service is available in the Bay City, Saginaw, and Midland, MI, areas. Most orders are fulfilled in 3-5 business days.

About System and Market Services of America
SAMSA (http://www.samsa.com) is lead by a highly qualified group of diverse business and technology professionals whose collective backgrounds include marketing, business development, software engineering and design, accounting, administrative, copywriting and customer service experience. This in-depth experience is in a well-rounded cross section of business sectors specializing in healthcare, government agencies, transportation, manufacturing, distribution, wholesale, retail and education. SAMSA offers full IT services to clients in the state of Michigan, and Web-based and programming work for clients around the world.

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