So, I tried to link directly to my audio recordings on Soundgasm.net, so I could just display a little embedded player here in my site, instead of kicking you over to them. But that doesn’t seem to work. It works just fine when I test it locally, but on my actual site, soundgasm returns a 403 (Forbidden) error when requesting the file.

I guess I understand this, because what site wants to be hotlinked? Then again, you can’t really do anything with Soundgasm except play the file in the audio player on their site; and there’s no discovery or advertising or anything (yet), so I don’t really understand the harm: if you play my audio on their site, you’re costing them bandwidth. If you play audio on my site, you’re costing them bandwidth.

Oh well, that’s just the way it is. But I think I’m going to try hosting the audio files here on my own site, and see how much bandwidth I shift. If it fits in my current hosting plan, it’s worth it.

This is nothing particular against Soundgasm… though the site has no terms of service, I have no idea who runs it, they just let you create an account and host your audio files there. On the one hand, that’s great. On the other hand… I have no reason to trust them; it takes my audio files out of my control. And I’ve decided I’m not into that.

Own. Your. Platform, folks.