I’ve been using the Amazon Drive for almost two years now. I really like it. I’ve receive very few complaints from downloaders and as an uploader it works quite well. When I signed up they gave me a very reasonable annual price for unlimited storage.
That just changed. They no longer offer unlimited storage but have a tiered system of larger and larger storage amounts for larger and larger dollar amounts (which you can see here). I am willing to pay for 2 TBs of storage but more than that and it starts hitting the budget a little too hard. I have currently used about 1.5 TB of storage. I expect I’ll fill up the remaining 500 gigs within six months or less at which point decisions will need to be made.
I see two ways in which to keep going. Either I will have to continually remove shows already in storage or I’ll have to beg for money.
I have a few ideas on removing files. I could go to a lossless only plan by removing all my MP3 files. I know many of you prefer the MP3s but one can easily convert the FLAC files to MP3s (and its easy to learn for those who don’t know how) whereas if I only posted MP3s lossless people would be out of luck. That would immediately knock my storage down quite a bit, though of course I would eventually fill it back up.
Or I could remove all but my main players – Dylan, Dead/Jerry, Van and possibly Neil Young – which again would immediately free up a lot of space, but again it would eventually get filled up with just those artists.
Or I could remove the oldest files on the Amazon drive on a monthly basis. That could keep me going forever, but of course there would always remain a hole in my collection. I’ve really enjoyed being able to do so many reposts with Amazon knowing they would stick around for as long as I wanted to. If I removed files monthly I’d have go resort to my policy of never reuploading anything.
That’s what I can come up with in terms of removing files. Begging is much simpler, I’d just beg all you for money to help support the site. Several of you have asked to send me money in the past and I’ve always rejected it. I run this blog for the pure joy of sharing the music. I do not feel it would be morally right to try to make money of others peoples art and hard work. I am not a taper. I’ve grabbed all the bootlegs that I share here from somewhere else for free. Asking for money would really pain me. However I would never accept more than what it takes to run the site. Amazon is still reasonable. To bump it up to 3 TBs only costs $179.97 per year. I like that per year part as if I did start begging I’d only have to do it once every 12 months.
There we have it. I’m really not sure what I will do. I’m open to suggestions. If you prefer one removal method over the other let me know. If you are willing to drop a couple of bucks towards the site let me know that too. I have no idea how I would go about collecting the money but that is a worry for another day.
I love this site and I want to keep going with it. I’m not happy with this change from Amazon but I understand where they are coming from. I was really kind of loving the idea of eventually getting all my bootlegs posted and reposted, but I think I can learn to live with with only having a limited number up at one time. And 2 TBs of files is really quite a lot.
Alright, I’m done. Please do leave comments stating your preferences or offering alternative ideas. As noted I still have a few months to decide so things will continue as normal for awhile.