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Does anyone know of a good audio hoster?
mzso
post Sep 16 2011, 12:44
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Hi!
I'm searching for a good audio hoster. My desire is something that can playback the music via flash, maybe even embed it on other sites. Plus supports not just sucky mp3, like vorbis (flac would be sci-fi I guess). Does anyone know of something like this?
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post Sep 16 2011, 13:26
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Bandcamp or archive.org (the last only if you want to release own music/audio to the public). Bancamp supports at least FLAC and MP3, probably Vorbis. Archive.org supports automatic derivation of lossy formats (both MP3 and Vorbis) from lossless (WAV, FLAC) uploads.

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post Sep 16 2011, 13:50
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How about SoundCloud?
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What formats can I upload?
We support MP3, WAVE, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, MP2, and/or AAC files.
You get a Flash player that provides a visual waveform, the ability to add comments to specific time-points, etc. (and integrates reasonably well with Facebook, if you’re into that sort of thing).
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post Sep 16 2011, 14:05
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Thanks for the tips, I'll check them out.
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post Sep 16 2011, 15:04
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Sep 16 2011, 14:50) *
How about SoundCloud?
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What formats can I upload?
We support MP3, WAVE, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, MP2, and/or AAC files.
You get a Flash player that provides a visual waveform, the ability to add comments to specific time-points, etc. (and integrates reasonably well with Facebook, if you’re into that sort of thing).

Seemed nice at first, but it turns out it transcodes into 128 mp3 so that kind of defeats the purpose of uploading in a superior format. (I could use box.net which only plays mp3 but doesn't transcode)
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Bandcamp or archive.org (the last only if you want to release own music/audio to the public). Bancamp supports at least FLAC and MP3, probably Vorbis. Archive.org supports automatic derivation of lossy formats (both MP3 and Vorbis) from lossless (WAV, FLAC) uploads.

The first one looks like a site for people want to sell their music, but I'll check it out.
It requires band name, genre, location at signup.

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post Sep 16 2011, 15:28
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There might be a high quality option out there, I don't know.
(Well, there's Youtube, too, which I think will stream good quality if you select 480p or higher.)

But another more "advanced" option is to host your files at some place that allows direct links (Dropbox does, with some limits) and then post the files with the new (html5) audio tag.
Files will be streamed in original quality without needing Flash in all current browsers.

One downside -at least for now- is that not all browsers support the same formats. Firefox, Opera and Chrome support OGG Vorbis, while IE and Safari support MP3. I think they all support WAV (edit: looks like IE doesn't, see below), but WAV obviously doesn't make much sense over the internet anyway.


EDIT: Here's some more info with an example for you to try.
It's simply this:
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<audio src="song.ogg" controls="controls">
</audio>

(Instead of song.ogg you'd put in the full direct link)


EDIT2: I was bored a little bit.
I uploaded a test OGG file to Dropbox and at least here (using Opera) it simply plays inside the browser with a player if I visit the direct link (I didn't use any audio tags anywhere):
[link removed by request]

And here's a html page with the same OGG file in audio tags and a MP3 version, too (so it should play in IE/Safari as well):
[link removed by request]

Let me know if it works for you.

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post Sep 16 2011, 16:34
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QUOTE (mzso @ Sep 16 2011, 16:04) *
[bandcamp] looks like a site for people want to sell their music
It requires band name, genre, location at signup.


That's because it's exactly that. wink.gif
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post Sep 16 2011, 20:21
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QUOTE (mzso @ Sep 16 2011, 15:04) *
QUOTE (db1989 @ Sep 16 2011, 14:50) *
How about SoundCloud?
Seemed nice at first, but it turns out it transcodes into 128 mp3 so that kind of defeats the purpose of uploading in a superior format.
Darn! But thanks for the info; I’ve only used it briefly for unimportant stuff and didn’t do any research/snooping into the underlying tech.

Edit: Another I’ve used similarly is 4Shared, which according to its FAQ supports MP3, Ogg, and WAV (and MIDI); it definitely lets the viewer download the file at its original quality, but again I didn’t look beneath the hood, so you’ll need to double-check whether the streaming player—which is embeddable in HTML, forums, and Facebook posts—performs any transcoding.

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post Sep 17 2011, 18:38
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Sep 16 2011, 13:50) *
How about SoundCloud?
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What formats can I upload?
We support MP3, WAVE, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, MP2, and/or AAC files.
You get a Flash player that provides a visual waveform, the ability to add comments to specific time-points, etc. (and integrates reasonably well with Facebook, if you’re into that sort of thing).



sound cloud is awesome, i prefer it the most out of the best known audio hosters..
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post Sep 17 2011, 20:01
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QUOTE (mzso @ Sep 16 2011, 07:04) *
Seemed nice at first, but it turns out it transcodes into 128 mp3 so that kind of defeats the purpose of uploading in a superior format. (I could use box.net which only plays mp3 but doesn't transcode)
Only the streamed version is transcoded. If you allow downloads, you can download the original in full-fidelity. I've stored 96/32 floating-point WAVs there.

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post Sep 17 2011, 20:01
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QUOTE (Silvia171 @ Sep 17 2011, 19:38) *
QUOTE (db1989 @ Sep 16 2011, 13:50) *
How about SoundCloud?
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What formats can I upload?
We support MP3, WAVE, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, MP2, and/or AAC files.
You get a Flash player that provides a visual waveform, the ability to add comments to specific time-points, etc. (and integrates reasonably well with Facebook, if you’re into that sort of thing).



sound cloud is awesome, i prefer it the most out of the best known audio hosters..

Real unfortunate that it reconverts.
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mzso
post Sep 18 2011, 19:55
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Searched around a bit more. So far toofiles and box.net turned out the best. Though neither support vorbis at least they don't reconvert V0 mp3-s into crappier quality mp3-s, and support embedding with a flash player.
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post Sep 18 2011, 20:03
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Did you see my edit about 4Shared, and what did you think if so? As Canar said about SoundCloud, it definitely allows the listener to download the original file; but I cannot confirm whether or not it transcodes the streaming version used in the (embeddable) player.
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post Sep 18 2011, 20:25
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Sep 18 2011, 21:03) *
Did you see my edit about 4Shared, and what did you think if so? As Canar said about SoundCloud, it definitely allows the listener to download the original file; but I cannot confirm whether or not it transcodes the streaming version used in the (embeddable) player.

I didn't see it. Now I checked it out. I didn't find the player you mentioned. So far only managed to embed a folder.

On soundcloud I'm quite sure it reconverts. The media fetcher addons I have download a 128bit mp3 of the song half the size of the original.
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post Sep 18 2011, 21:57
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Soundcloud does transcode, however you can enable downloading of the original.
As Canar said, you can download wav files, etc if you enable it when you upload.
I've downloaded high quality files from several of my favorite artists there.
It seems like a reasonable choice to host.

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post Sep 19 2011, 09:16
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QUOTE (mzso @ Sep 18 2011, 20:25) *
I didn't find the [4Shared] player you mentioned. So far only managed to embed a folder.
Well, the link I gave is to a playable and downloadable MP3 (aptly titled), and a Flash player loads in the middle of the page. If you upload an audio file of your own, you should get a link to an equivalent page for it.
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post Sep 19 2011, 10:29
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Sep 19 2011, 10:16) *
QUOTE (mzso @ Sep 18 2011, 20:25) *
I didn't find the [4Shared] player you mentioned. So far only managed to embed a folder.
Well, the link I gave is to a playable and downloadable MP3 (aptly titled), and a Flash player loads in the middle of the page. If you upload an audio file of your own, you should get a link to an equivalent page for it.

The problem was that the filenames were lost during upload, and I didn't add an extension when I renamed it. Anyway mp3 works, with embedding and all. Can't embed vorbis and hillariously it's reconverted to 64 kbps mp3 in the preview.
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post Feb 14 2012, 11:38
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Hi!
Tried minus.com a few days ago. It seems its the best so far. It plays Vorbis, AAC, MP3 online, also you can download it.
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post Feb 25 2012, 18:42
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Darn!
It looks like they screwed it up. Now it always plays a reconverted AAC...
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