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vicent
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Jun 16 2014 09:02
An audio section

Perhaps an audio section be put up the top (next to the history, gallery etc.), many people don't have time to read but can listen alot if they have menial jobs (I listen to several hours of audiobooks everyday at work).

Many websites have good audio eg.
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/ has good audiobooks
http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/audio has good lectures
Also, making an audio section would encourage people to find/make other great audios

Can libcom store audio files?

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Steven.
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Jun 16 2014 09:31

Hi, thanks, we do have an audio section here: http://libcom.org/tags/audio

But you are right, perhaps we should have a better way of navigating to it. Although we have not done this because we haven't really prioritised audio content, and so it's not that high-quality a section.

unfortunately, we cannot host audio ourselves, as basically the bandwidth to do this would be too expensive. We do have a Soundcloud account where we can host audio files which we can link to from the library. But that of course isn't ideal as it means ultimately a private company has control over it.

we have the same problem with video.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions we would be happy to hear them

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Jul 1 2014 21:36

This doesn't address your main issue but I know that many other sites that have issues with third party file hosting often make a torrent archive, in case the company decides to no longer host the files. That won't solve the problem but it would mean that should the companies pull the plug there are copies of the audio and video floating around.

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Dec 21 2014 14:58

Wouldn't torrents put more bandwith pressures on the indexing site than ordinary links?

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Dec 21 2014 15:06
jondwhite wrote:
Wouldn't torrents put more bandwith pressures on the indexing site than ordinary links?

Why? the files come from a computer not a website, and you can easily upload the torrent links to another torrent tracking site.

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Dec 21 2014 17:52

I agree, put an audio section and video section right at the top so it's simple to get to, and easy for newcomers to spot. (Hell, I'm no newcomer and didn't know we had these sections.)

Steven. wrote:
unfortunately, we cannot host audio ourselves, as basically the bandwidth to do this would be too expensive. We do have a Soundcloud account where we can host audio files which we can link to from the library. But that of course isn't ideal as it means ultimately a private company has control over it.

we have the same problem with video.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions we would be happy to hear them

Simple solution is to make a YouTube channel. You can embed videos from YouTube onto your website. I'm not sure if this changes the bandwith. If it does, just post the link!

Audio can also be covered by YouTube. Upload the audio to YouTube and just have a single image through the entire video - maybe the libcom.org address in big letters along with a cool symbol or picture.

Edit: Shit, I didn't read your post properly before post (skimmed it) -- I now see you don't want a private company having control over the audios and videos. I'm not sure why this is a problem because what can they actually do about it?

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Dec 21 2014 21:28

Agreed that link to the audio section at the top would be good too.