Music Ruined My Life is not ending just because Mediafire gutted its collection of out-of-print/never-in-print rarities. We are, however, considering, what comes next. After all, I was crushed when MassMirror died in the early days but that loss ended up being a good kick in the ass for me. So post-Mediafire, there are a number of questions that need to be sorted through.
1. What does Mediafire do next?
Does anyone know how Mediafire proceeds after they lock your account? Do they delete your account or your files or what?
2. Does MRML need to offer regular downloads?
I think of this blog as one that spreads unavailable music to people and hence the downloads have always seemed important to me. Are they to you? Would you still visit with less links? I make a point of regularly writing posts with no downloads and they receive a comparable number of visitors and as many, or more, comments than the download-laden posts. What do you think?
3. What is the best site for uploading files now?
The last post on my hosting problems (see HERE), generated a flurry of positive and constructive comments. The bulk of the suggestions centered around what places are now viable that Megaupload has been shut down and Mediafire and Sendspace have buckled under. I'm not looking for a sleazy site that pays people to upload illegal content - just a place that allows the unavailable to become available. Mediafire was once a great site and I never really resented them for removing content they considered 'grey'.
Here are some the of alternatives you suggested :
great place for uploading individual songs but it has a storage limit of 5GB of which I'm half way to just by sharing a song or two here and there.
For no reason they closed my free account years ago but many of the links are still alive today.
One of those 'reward' places...
Interesting possibility but everyone who d/l's needs to have an account with 4Shared
A pay site. Not to whinge, but I spend enough of my time on this blog that the concept of spending cold hard cash to continue just seems perverse. Would MRML readers be willing to foot the cost of an account at this or any other site?
A bit of a mystery...
Your specific thoughts on these (or other options) is needed.
There's another round of questions to come but worry not, we'll be back...