Quick Technical Help from My Readers?

Some folks may have noticed I’ve been invited to do a whole lot more media recently — giving quotes in places like the New York Times and prominent travel magazines, I’ve been profiled in Town & Country and Washington Business Journal, and I’ve been on the Colbert Report.

Yesterday I did a ~ 25 minute radio interview for a show on SiriusXM. They sent me an .mp3 file of the interview. I’d love to know where I can upload mp3 files greater than 20 megs.

Today I’m taping for CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Video I know how to upload, at least to YouTube.

But any advice would be appreciated — on services I can use to upload large media miles, so that I can link tot hem here on the blog and archive them.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. In my online business I use TransferBigFiles.com for sending and receiving large files.

    For $5 a month you can upload files that can be downloaded many (perhaps unlimited, I forget) number of times.

  2. Easy — upload to Dropbox. (If you don’t have an account, feel free to use my referral link: https://db.tt/dxLDdLT4)

    Once it’s in there, put it in your “Public” folder, then right click-> Copy Public Link.

    Paste that into your blog post, then people can either download it, or simply click on it to open Dropbox’s media player and hear it.

  3. dropbox.com is a good option. You can upload the files in the Public folder and share the link.

  4. Soundcloud may be a good option for your audio files. Additionally, Vimeo is an alternative to YouTube.

  5. Soundcloud is like YouTube for audio files. It even creates an embeddable player and everything.

  6. Keep it easy on yourself and still use YouTube, encode your mp3 with a generic picture and you’re set.

  7. I second the dropbox idea. It’s great for all sorts of files and you can share individual files or entire folders.

  8. If you have just one file, soundcloud will be free and will allow an unlimited number of downloads/listens by your followers. Dropbox limits the number sof downloads significantly, probably less than 20 per day.

  9. Simplest is to use YouTube as noted above. If you want a more permanent, audio only solution, and you are wanting to upload, store and have the mp3 accessible from your blog, then you need something more commercially oriented and much better than dropbox. Amazon S3 is ridiculously cheap, has mucho options, has excellent redundancy, etc. Best choice if you are wanting your 30,000+ readers to listen to the audio file. 😉 You will need an mp3 plugin of some sort for your blog if you use Amazon S3. Lots of tutorials on how to integrate Amazon S3 with a blog.

  10. Best Advice: Don’t give them any idea that you actually favor cell phones on a phone unless you want national infamy………..

  11. Dropbox. Free account. No file size limit. Only issue is they have the keys but for stuff like this that doesn’t matter. I just wouldn’t put highly secure stuff there.

  12. While it is likely the easiest option, you may want to avoid using YouTube as your primary media storage/delivery avenue since you may publish a clip or segment that runs afoul of YouTube’s proactive content agreements (in which a segment that contains protected content such as a sound bite is deemed to be the property of a major network or copyright owner, resulting in a warning to you or the possible removal of your account and any media you have uploaded, however unrelated).

    It might be best to consider a file storage approach such as what some of the previous readers are suggesting and simply let the WordPress oEmbed framework handle the display of the media (this will help to keep you control over your media since YouTube wouldn’t be able to insert its own ads before or during clip playback and would even provide for future advertising opportunities of your own in your clips later on to help offset storage costs).

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