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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 at least 192, 256 or 320 kbit/s audio quality.
I'm just a little frustrated that popular platforms like Soundcloud only support up to 128 kbit/s audio quality for streaming.

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

Does somebody know some secretly overlooked platforms for high quality audio uploads out there?
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Since audio streaming platforms like Clyp fell apart 'cause of a new unlucky financial course (so, with a former free account you won't be be able to upload any further musical content - they still might keep the old content from free accounts, but I deleted my account because with the new rules it wasn't of further use for me since it's also a less known platform)...

... I decided to concentrate much more on Youtube as a free and well-known (and for free conditions pretty good) video and audio streaming platform and Soundcloud as a free (and for free conditions at least fairly good) audio streaming platform.

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In the meantime, I've found another really good video and audio streaming platform where free accounts are possible and very useful.
It's a Japanese platform called Nico Nico Douga (or simply called Niconico after 2012).

It might not have the big and useful interaction and commenting features (allows only pretty short comments) like Youtube has to offer.
But you can still navigate through an English interface for your account and the main features of the platform in English language.
And - this is important - you might be able to upload and stream files in a much bigger quality than Youtube allows (possibly files with around 192 kbit/s, 320 kbit/s or maybe even lossless audio files) with a free account.

The funny and for Japanese developments pretty iconic thing is that your account develops like a RPG character - with specific points and level ups, depending on your feedback of the community and things like that.
I still haven't made it past LV 2 there - but I won't give up so easily. ^__^

Definitely a platform with very great potencial - so, feel free to check it out:
https://www.nicovideo.jp/

 

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So, just to make a little list with free and useful video + audio streaming platforms or just audio streaming platforms for every content creator or content savourer out there:
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1) Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/

2) Niconico
https://www.nicovideo.jp/

3) Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/

If you know other free, really good and innovative platforms like these ones (which might remain free, really good and innovative in the future as well), feel free to share your knowledge with the rest of this community and I might add further ones. ))

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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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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.

 

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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Hm, thx for the hint.

They must have changed it recently - some time before it was 320kbit/s and some time before this you could upload and stream wave data content... with a free account.

But seems to be a general problem in the last years of western capitalism.
Lots of those halfhearted businessmen and private investors obviously try to buy up good content platforms (like formerly free music platforms, mail providers etc.) and want to drag max. profits outta this and every poop that accidentally sniffs its first fresh air... from the "Fresh Air Company".

So, I guess one of the best free audiovisual content platforms that doesn't change its essential rules for a very long time is still Youtube.
There seems to be still a good audio bitrate of about 192 kbit/s, you can implement (for example) gameplay videos into your musical videogame remix content and its always nice to get some feedback there (compared to simpler, more unknown and now pretty expensive platforms like Clyp).

 

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In the meantime, I've found another really good video and audio streaming platform where free accounts are possible and very useful.
It's a Japanese platform called Nico Nico Douga (or simply called Niconico after 2012).

It might not have the big and useful interaction and commenting features (allows only pretty short comments) like Youtube has to offer.
But you can still navigate through an English interface for your account and the main features of the platform in English language.
And - this is important - you might be able to upload and stream files in a much bigger quality than Youtube allows (possibly files with around 192 kbit/s, 320 kbit/s or maybe even lossless audio files) with a free account.

The funny and for Japanese developments pretty iconic thing is that your account develops like a RPG character - with specific points and level ups, depending on your feedback of the community and things like that.
I still haven't made it past LV 2 there - but I won't give up so easily. ^__^

Definitely a platform with very great potencial - so, feel free to check it out:
https://www.nicovideo.jp/

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And just for hearing the differences in the stream from the worst to the best audio quality at Soundcloud, Youtube and Niconico, check out my Star Tropics remix I've uploaded on all three platforms (watch out for the point after 1:25 in the remix where the drum parts - especially the hi hats and cymbals - kick in):

3) Soundcloud

(kinda sloppy sounding hi-hats and cymbals - streaming quality of the audio might be around 128 kbit/s...)


2) Youtube

(pretty good-sounding hi-hats and cymbals - streaming quality of the audio in the video might be somewhere around or just a little bit below 192 kbit/s...)


1) Niconico
https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm34221065

(maybe just my imagination, but I think the hi-hats and cymbals are just a little bit cleaner than in the Youtube stream (make sure to choose the best settings in the video options) - so, the streaming quality of the audio in the video might be really at 192 kbit/s... but just because it's the maximum audio bitrate my video editing program can export, since I still use the Windows Movie Maker for video editing...)

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