I've long been playing around with the idea of an audio hosting service, where the primary focus is to give people a place to store their audio. To begin with, it was more based on personal wants and needs in a service, which turned out to be really simple: I personally don't need a place to store files used for collaboration, there's other means to that, but it should be possible for me to store audio for just that if I wanted to anyway. Primary need is a place to upload a file, choose the compression depth (or uncompressed), and a player so I can listen to the stuff over the web (say, at work).
Allihoopa covered nearly all my needs, and to some extent, so does SoundCloud.
Being a developer, I do have a hard time not trying to cover my own needs when it comes to services or a specific function, or even a community where I can talk about writing music, and every once in a while, I end up with something that others might be able to use as well, which is the reason for this poll. I know there's only two very simple answers, but I'd like to get a discussion going instead of trying to cover specific details based on my own assumptions.
The service: Short term
You would get 200mb storage free of charge. When uploading files, you can manage how much of your storage is used by selecting the level of compression (or even uncompressed). I imagine options like:
- Mp3: 320kbit
- Mp3: 192kbit
- Mp3: 128kbit
- Uncompressed (WAV/AIFF)
- Uploads would, by default, be "unlisted" - Nothing is public unless the user choose to make it public. That could either be by sharing a generated public link, or adding their uploads to pre-defined "Collections" or "Playlists".
- General concept is that it's always the user who decides what's public or not, how, and where.
- A player would be featured.
- Storage capacity can be expanded to 1Gb for $x/month. (More exact calculations are needed, but we're operating within the $3-$5 limit).
The general outline of the terms would be that "This is not a streaming service, but a hosting service. We don't collect royalties, we don't own any rights to any of the content, and even for public audio, the exclusive rights is and always will be the authors."
I know there's dropbox, google drive, onedrive and the likes, but I want a service that only focus on audio. The reason 1Gb isn't free is to avoid becoming the next SoundCloud or Allihoopa, simple as that.
Would you, as a user, ever subscribe to that?