The Mediamax / Streamload system was great when it worked, but it has fallen over. Though uploads are now working again for me, some of my old mp3 files no longer stream or download. As I wrote last time, even uploading the file again does not solve the problem - it seem the contents of the file have to be changed for the old, inaccessible file to be replaced.
So I've been trying some alternatives. Last time I wrote about esnips and omnidrive, which don't quite cover all I want to do with mp3 files.
Now I am trying Box.net. See:
This has a widget for embedding a player in a web-page. You can create a public direct link to the file. I've pasted that into my browser and it streams into the Quicktime plugin (which omnidrive doesn't support). It also works with the iTunes player.
Oh, and the file I tested this with is the one I have been uploading to Mediamax which won't play from that sytem. Of course, Mediamax haven't responded to me on this problem.
The only issue I have with Box.net is that, unlike with Mediamax, the track data with the mp3 file isn't displaying on the players and the file name is not the one you give it, but one the system creates. So it's not obvious what is playing.
From the posts on this blog it seems that even if Mediamax sorts out this round of problems, it is likely a whole host more will arise without warning. Looking through their blog you see a whole host of postings about other upgrades which have made the system fall to pieces.
There are some other options. Any other suggestions?