This article covers 8 ways to send audio files online. We’ll take into account file formats used by professionals, and MP3 format used by the general public.
The solutions we’ll look at are:
- Facebook Messenger
- Google Drive
- One Drive
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Most Popular Audio File Formats Shared
All types of audio files are transferred between people and organizations. In personal situations, it could be voice recordings, songs, and music files. In a professional capacity, it can be things like voice-over, sound effects, music, and songs.
Professionals who work with audio will either use lossless compression or uncompressed formats when sending audio files. This is because they need to preserve the quality and fidelity of the sound. File types they typically work with include WAV, AIFF, and FLAC. Lossless compression in this case is file types such as Zip and RAR.
Non-professionals who share audio, certainly in the case of music and songs will use the ubiquitous MP3.
Typical file sizes for 1 minute of popular audio file formats
|File Format||Kilo Hertz (kHz)||Bit Depth||File Size (MB)|
How To Send Audio Files
Depending on the format, and the resultant file size, some methods to share audio files are better suited than others.
The easiest way to transfer MP3 files is by mailing them to the senders. Use the attachment option to attach the desired audio files, and hit send.
Email service providers have limits on how large an attachment you can send. Typically, the size is 10 MB to 25 MB depending on the provider. You can use lossless compression such as Zip or RAR tools to reduce file size. But even then, you are still severely hampered in your ability to send large audio files.
Pros & Cons Of Emailing Audio Files
1. You’ll have an email address, and know-how to attach and send emails.
1. Due to the attachment size limit, you can’t send high-quality audio files, nor many files.
Bluetooth has been around for many years and is often on mobile devices. Not only can you use it to connect various peripheral devices such as speakers and headphones, but also to transfer files.
How To Share Audio Files Using Bluetooth
1. Enable Bluetooth on both sending and receiving device.
2. Pair the devices with each other.
3. Select the audio file you want to share, and click on the Share icon.
4. Select the Bluetooth icon and press Send.
5. The recipient will have to accept the transfer.
Pros & Cons Of Bluetooth File Sharing
1. Easy to use.
2. Wireless so no messing with wires.
3. Bluetooth is a popular feature that is often present on mobile devices, and easily installed onto devices that don’t have it.
1. Slow transfer rates mean this is not a feasible option for sending large files.
2. Bluetooth shouldn’t be used to transfer high-resolution audio.
3. Bluetooth transfer can only be done with devices no more than 100 m apart.
WhatsApp is a very popular messaging app that is often used to share images, documents, videos, and audio files.
How To Send Audio Files Via WhatsApp
1. Go to the contact you want to share with
2. Click on the Paperclip icon that is in the message box.
3. Select the Audio icon
4. Browse to and select the desired audio file
5. Click on send to transfer the file
Pros & Cons Of Using Wireless To Send Files
1. Quick and easy to share.
2. A popular messaging app, so there is a good chance the app is installed on a device.
1. Both parties will need to install WhatsApp and be on each other’s contact list.
2. Can only send up to 100 MB file.
3. Audio recorded using WhatsApp can only be 16 MB in size.
4. WhatsApp will compress audio files, so you will lose quality.
5. Due to iOS limitations, you can’t use an iPhone to share audio files.
4. Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is a free messaging app that lets you contact your friends on Facebook. As well as the ability to send chat messages, you can share photos, videos, and other files including music and songs.
How To Send Music Files Via WhatsApp
1. On a desktop computer, log in to Messenger.
2. Go to the person you want to share with.
3. Click on the “+” icon, then click on the Paperclip icon.
4. Select the file you want to share.
5. Press “Enter” to send the file.
Pros & Cons Of Transferring Audio Files Via Facebook Messenger
1. It’s free to download.
2. It is simple to use.
1. Can only send files from a desktop computer.
2. The maximum file size is only 150 MB.
3. Slow transfer speeds.
4. Privacy concerns.
5. Google Drive
If you use Google services such as Gmail, then you will have Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud-based hosting and sharing service. You upload your file, then share the link with whomever.
How To Share Music With Google Drive
1. Go to Google Drive.
2. Click on New, and select the file you want to upload. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the desired file.
3. Once uploaded you right-click on the file, and select the Share option.
4. Enter the email address of people you want to share the file with.
5. Alternatively, you can right-click and select Get Link. You can then share the link with people who can then download the file.
Pros & Cons Of Using Google Drive To Share Music
1. Free, with paid options.
2. Easy to use interface.
3. Tight integration with other products in Google’s ecosystem.
4. Multi-platform apps
5. The maximum file size is 5 TB.
1. Only have 15 GB of storage space in their free tier.
2. Transfer speeds can be slow.
3. You’ll need to have a Google account.
4. Privacy concerns as Google will analyze your content.
5. No password protection of files.
6. No notification if a file you shared has been accessed.
6. One Drive
One Drive is Microsoft’s cloud-based offering. Similar to Google Drive, you upload a file, get a link and share it with whomever you want.
How To Use One Drive To Share Files
1. Go to OneDrive.
2. Click on Upload which is near the top of the window.
3. Navigate to and select the audio file you want to share, alternatively, you can drag and drop the file instead.
4. Once the file has been uploaded, you highlight it, and then select the Share option which is at the top of the window.
5. You can choose to get a shareable link to the file or email the link to intended recipients.
Pros & Cons Of Using One Drive To Transfer Files
1. Free, with paid options to upgrade.
2. Strong integration with Microsoft’s many products including in-built support within MS Office.
3. Multi-platform apps.
4. The maximum file size is 250 GB.
1. You’ll need to have an account associated with a Microsoft product, typically an Outlook, Hotmail, or Live email address.
2. You only get 5 GB of free storage space.
3. No notification if a file you shared has been accessed.
If you are an Apple user, you have an additional option to share the file with other Apple users through iCloud.
File Sharing Via iCloud
1. Upload your file by clicking on the ‘cloud with an upward arrow’ icon.
2. Go to your desired file and click on open.
3. Once uploaded, you open the transferred file.
4. Make a note of the URL that indicates where the file is stored in iCloud.
5. Share that URL with the required recipients using email or a chat app.
Pros & Cons Of iCloud File Transfer
1. Free, with paid options.
2. Tight integration within Apple’s ecosystem
3. The maximum file size is 50 GB.
1. Need to have an Apple account.
2. Not as easy to share files when compared to other services.
3. Only get 5 GB of free storage.
4. No notification if a file you shared has been accessed.
Filemail is an online cloud-based sharing service that lets you send data files or folders of any type and size. Our desktop software uses UDP transfer acceleration which is much faster than TCP-based solutions, for example, your browser.
We have a free option that you can use to send up to 5 GB a day. Our free option includes not only usage of our website, but all of our apps. You can send files from Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC.
How To Use Filemail To Send Audio Files For Free
2. You can choose if you want to, send it as an email or, receive a download link which you can share in other ways.
3. If you are sharing as an email, fill in the To and From email fields. Enter a Subject. You can also add a message if you want to.
4. Click on Add Files or Add Folder, alternatively, you can drag and drop the intended files.
5. Click on Send. The files will be uploaded to our web-based service.
6. The recipients will get a link which they can use to access and download the shared files. If you selected Send As Link, you will get a URL link that you can share on social media, forums, in chat apps; the choice is yours.
Pros & Cons Of Filemail Free
1. It’s free, with paid options to upgrade.
2. Any music file type.
3. Get notified when someone downloads your files.
4. As easy as sending an email.
5. Multi-platform apps.
6. Fast transfer rates.
1. Free option only lets you send up to 5 GB a day.
2. Files are only stored for 7 days.