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Free online stream platforms with 320 kbps audio support?

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Yo, dudes.

I'm looking for a free online platform where you can upload and stream (in the best case an unlimited amount of) high quality audio (and maybe video) files with 256 or 320 kbps audio quality.
I'm just a little frustrated that popular platforms like youtube and even soundcloud only support up to 128 kbps audio quality for streaming.

Pisses me radically off - 'cause I'm working on a music project with lots of good sounding cymbals (at least in the uncompressed project file) and you really hear the difference after soundcloud has transcoded the lovely hi-fi quality to their degraded 128 kbps audio stuff.

Does somebody know some secretly overlooked platforms for high quality audio uploads out there?
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Besides - somebody gave me a good tip with the audio streaming platform "Clyp": >>> https://clyp.it/
There you can upload (and download) tracks with about 100 MB per file in the free account - obviously no upload limit and streaming with at least 320 kbps audio bitrate.
A really good source - spartan design but really functional and useful.

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Well, YouTube is 192 at least. The gap between 128 and 192 is enormous, it's not 320 but you still retain enough lows and highs to be appreciable.

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SoundCloud

The streaming may be 128kbps, but you can make your music downloadable in 320kbps or whatever MP3 encoding level you want, or you can just upload in lossless format instead.

Bandcamp

You upload lossless, and people can DL the format they want. MP3s from there are downloadable as either 320kbps or VBR0.

If you're concerned strictly about higher bitrate streaming (as opposed to downloading), I'll join the popular sentiment: the demand isn't there, and the difference to the ear isn't practically discernible. As bandwidth capabilities rise over time, it'll eventually happen in the same way FLAC has grown as an increasingly offered downloadable option, but the baseline standard of quality is currently phone earbuds, so it'll require a sea change of sorts in maybe 5-10 years.

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As far as I know, YouTube can take up to 256 kbps. Bandcamp is probably your best bet, or else try and search on google, there are many sites.

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I've been using https://instaud.io/ a bit, AFAIK does not re-encode*. 15MB file limit though so maybe not actually ideal for WAVs or really long tracks, but it's been pretty neat for my quick VBR MP3 sharing needs. Not a platform to "build" anything on I guess, but you did say overlooked platforms. :)

(*I'm not the greatest mixer, but here's a pretty clear example on the cymbal thing where SC really does a number on them: instaud.io vs SoundCloud, same MP3 upload)

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Thanks for the hints on Bandcamp and Instaud - I'll check these out soon. ))
PS: I've just read on Bandcamp that you can only upload covers if you got the permission of the artist who made the original - so, how to handle it with video game remixes?
>>> https://bandcamp.com/terms_of_use
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For the controversy about the audio quality of Soundcloud vs. Youtube I would say that Soundcloud was a bit better than Youtube in the past.
But at the moment Soundcloud seems to be even worse than Youtube.

Check out my latest Star Tropics remix.

1) Youtube version (loaded as WAV into Windows Movie Maker, exportes as a WMV with just 192 kbps (max) audio quality and uploaded on Youtube)
>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGhY2cxDv5Q

2) Soundcloud version (uploaded as a 320 kbps mp3 file on Soundcloud - but sounds as compressed and tuned down as the WAV file I had uploaded there before - you'll hear the big difference in the undefined cymbal sounds - sounds worse than in the Youtube version and much worse than in my uncompressed project file)
>>> https://soundcloud.com/master-mi/star-tropics-the-fire-of-the-southern-cross-master-mi-remix


I don't know why Soundcloud sucks this much in these days - but I guess it's about the financial interests behind the platform that is going to destroy the original concept.

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Besides - somebody gave me a good tip with the audio streaming platform "Clyp": >>> https://clyp.it/
There you can upload (and download) tracks with about 100 MB per file in the free account - obviously no upload limit and streaming with at least 320 kbps audio bitrate.
A really good source - spartan design but really functional and useful.


The cymbals in my Star Tropics remix sound really nice there in the audio stream (uploaded with 320 kbps quality) >>> https://clyp.it/ggch1nth

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