Uploading an Audio File to The Internet
Some time back, before the advent of high-speed Internet connections, music files were often shared via storage media like CD-ROM. These days, you don’t have to go through the hassle of burning audio files to a CD every time you want to share them with somebody.
All you have to do is upload your audio file to the Internet and you can share it with the rest of the world 24/7, by sharing a link to the uploaded audio file.
There are many file sharing sites offering free upload of files without having to sign on for an account. While this is an attractive option if you’re planning to upload a video to the Internet, there are drawbacks.
Firstly, since you’re using a free service, the upload speed will be slow. Unless you’re uploading a small audio file not more than a few megabytes, you may have to wait for a long time before your file gets uploaded. These file sharing sites offer fast uploading to their premium account holders though.
The other disadvantage of using the free service of the file sharing sites is that your file can’t be on the internet forever. The sites usually delete files after a certain period of time or in some cases the files get deleted if it doesn’t get downloaded after a certain period of time.
So, if you’ve a lot of audio files to share and don’t mind paying a fee for storing and sharing your files online, you could sign up for a premium account at one of the file sharing sites.
Be reminded though that if you upload copyrighted material to the sites it would be deleted even if you’re a premium account holder. The terms of the account makes this clear.
Free and Reliable Options
You may ask whether there are options that make sure that your audio files stay uploaded without you having to fork out cash.
Yes there are. Below are two sites that allow you to upload your audio files to the Internet and share them with anybody you like.
eSnips and 4shared
eSnips is a file storage site which offers users 5GB of free storage space to store audio and other files and share them with anyone you like.
Signing up for a free account is pretty fast. All you have to do is provide an email address and a password. A verification email will be sent to you and when you click on the link provided, your account will be activated. Here’s a link to the eSnips site.
You can either sign in to eSnips to upload files or use the eSnips uploader which works with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Once you’ve logged in, you can create folders to store your files.
I tried uploading a 4.53MB audio file and it took a mere two minutes.
If you feel 5GB of space is insufficient then you can head over to 4shared.com where you’re offered 10GB of free storage space.