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Good site for hosting large files.

Postby Hooch » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:35 pm UTC

I would give you guys a bunch of details, but it'll just bore the shit out of y'all.

The gist of it is that I plan on releasing a pack of my music soon. Since I suck ass at compressing my music without drastic quality loss, I upload all my mp3s at 320 kbps. My current estimates puts the ZIP file size at 70 MB or more.

I want a site that can host a file this size for as long as I want without any drastic compression of the ZIP file, and something that EVERYONE can download from. Megaupload, Sendspace, The Pirate Bay, and BiTorrent, although they're good for general uploading, are unreliable in this category. With this in mind, does anyone have any ideas?
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Re: Good site for hosting large files.

Postby Tillian » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:38 am UTC

How is TPB unreliable? Just seed whenever you're using the computer and you should be fine. After a while, if the music is any good, you might not even have to do this :) . Send a mail to the owners if it's under a CC license, and it might get advertised for free on the front page. Though, perhaps you meant the whole thing with the new owners. I would wait and see how it turns out, if I were you. Otherwise, Bittorrent really is the best alternative if you don't want to pay for a lot of bandwidth. If you don't want it hosted on TPB, just use their tracker (or some other tracker for that matter) and host it on your own site. The main site and the tracker will be separate in the future, I've heard, to prevent legal problems.
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Re: Good site for hosting large files.

Postby Hooch » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:13 pm UTC

The problem with TPB and BiTorrent is that not everyone can use them.
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Re: Good site for hosting large files.

Postby ash.gti » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:59 pm UTC

If your going to be getting a lot of traffic then I'd suggest hosting them from something like Amazon's S3 storage.

If your not expecting high traffic, then just any ol' server should be fine, just sign up for like a Dreamhost or various other shared hosting environment (and I only suggest shared hosting because its cheaper than dedicated) and throw them up there.

There are some free alternatives for web hosting too, but I haven't ever used any of them so I can't really comment on them.

One of my friends that makes music posts all of his through http://virb.com/ Here is his http://virb.com/owneroperator/audio as an example of what your's might look like. You can give it an album with a cover and stuff. They let you download all the music too, but I have no idea if they change your audio encoding (they may down-grade the music to a more easily streamable quality, but then again they may not I am not sure, but they probably say on their website somewhere).

Anyway, just some suggestions.
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Re: Good site for hosting large files.

Postby Hooch » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:02 am UTC

ash.gti wrote:If your going to be getting a lot of traffic then I'd suggest hosting them from something like Amazon's S3 storage.

If your not expecting high traffic, then just any ol' server should be fine, just sign up for like a Dreamhost or various other shared hosting environment (and I only suggest shared hosting because its cheaper than dedicated) and throw them up there.

There are some free alternatives for web hosting too, but I haven't ever used any of them so I can't really comment on them.

One of my friends that makes music posts all of his through http://virb.com/ Here is his http://virb.com/owneroperator/audio as an example of what your's might look like. You can give it an album with a cover and stuff. They let you download all the music too, but I have no idea if they change your audio encoding (they may down-grade the music to a more easily streamable quality, but then again they may not I am not sure, but they probably say on their website somewhere).

Anyway, just some suggestions.


I might actually use that a while after the album is out, but the one-track-a-day limit isn't in my plans. I intend to surprise everyone with an entire pack of music in one sitting, not just one song a day. I love the suggestion, though.

I did a quick Wikipedia search, and a site called "Wuala" seems like a good route to go. Does anybody know someone that's used this site?
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Re: Good site for hosting large files.

Postby Radical Pi » Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:51 am UTC

Never heard of wuala, but my personal favorite for public uploading is http://www.filefront.com. Totally free, super fast download time, no registration to download and no download waits, and best of all, you get unlimited storage space as long as you keep each file to a gigabyte. Rarely downloaded files do get cleaned every once in a while, but you get 5 days notice to keep it on the servers.

Overall, anything I want online friends to see I put on filefront

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Re: Good site for hosting large files.

Postby Why Two Kay » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:26 am UTC

Radical Pi wrote:Never heard of wuala, but my personal favorite for public uploading is http://www.filefront.com. Totally free, super fast download time, no registration to download and no download waits, and best of all, you get unlimited storage space as long as you keep each file to a gigabyte. Rarely downloaded files do get cleaned every once in a while, but you get 5 days notice to keep it on the servers.

Overall, anything I want online friends to see I put on filefront


I agree here. It has no wait times, maxes out my 2MB/sec connection always, etc.
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