I've been using Dropbox for a couple years to share recording projects with
clients. I post raw takes or preliminary edits for the music director to
ponder on his own time. Younger folks particularly like it, as they can load
them into their player right beside another performance and compare their
work to other published recordings. And they can send the link to a mentor
or friend for some input. On a fast turnaround project last fall, the MD and
I got together only for a marathon tweak session; all the prep had been done
though downloads and email.

One client has completely switched from having me make a stack of CDs for
his chorus to having everybody use my download. This gets the music to them
quicker after the performance and saves me a lot of work. No, I don't like
having my nice sound squashed into mp3, but I think there is actually more
utilization this way (performers are not always anxious to hear their
performances right away - the CDs get shelved for long periods). 24bit VBR
files via Lame sound pretty good. The playback from the iPod/earbuds is
better than many people's CD player systems.

BUT, I've wondered if or when I'd hear from some law firm about the legality
of those sound files. They're not public, but there's nothing that indicates
they are not bootlegs. Or, one day, my 'box' might turn up empty. Brave new


PS, this is not for secure storage. At hi-rez bitrates, it can't be. I don't
go to the lengths Richard takes, but I don't depend on the cloud to save my
stuff. One good thing about sending out CDs is that it is a redundant
offsite backup of the finished product.

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
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Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 7:51 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Are your archive's off-site files safe?

Hi, Mike,

This is a major concern with "cloud computing".

I am using "the cloud" for some applications, but I keep backups locally.



On 2012-01-30 7:31 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> This story shows the unexpected fallout to potentially 50 million 
> innocent people because of the Megauploads case.  Note that it is two 
> data storage companies, Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent 
> Communications Group Inc., that will be the ones discarding the 
> personal and company files of private users because they have not 
> gotten payments from Megauploads due to frozen bank accounts.
> "Feds: Megaupload user data could be gone Thursday
> 50 million users may lose data, including family photos, says 
> Megaupload lawyer
> The company says its millions of users stored their own data, 
> including family photos and personal documents. They haven't been able 
> to see their data since the government raids earlier this month, but 
> there has been hope would be able to get it back."
> While it might not be archives which have been using questionable 
> companies like Megauploads, it shows that some legit data hosting 
> companies might be quick on the trigger to delete files if a payment 
> goes astray.
> Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]

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