The Non-Eternal Question (or: It’s Just A Regular Question)

I have a favour to ask of you.

I use two file-sharing services, DivShare and Box. I like them both, but at the moment I’m using only DivShare.

However, I’m sometimes bothered by the time it takes DivShare to load an MP3. When I try it on my computer, DivShare will occasionally be slow to start playing an MP3. It may just be my Internet connection, not yours, but I’m not keen on the idea of you pressing “play” and having to wait a long time to hear the track.

With that in mind, I’d like you to test an MP3 in both DivShare and Box. The main aim of the test is, as hinted at above, is to find out which file-sharing service is quicker at loading songs. I’ve provided the MP3 in three different sizes, to see if file size has any bearing on loading times.

And away we go…

The track is:

King Crimson – “Frame By Frame (1981)

1. Short/Small (0:18, 782 KB)

DivShare:

Box:

2. Medium/Reasonable (2:18, 5.3 MB)

DivShare:

Box:

3. Full/Large (5:09, 11.9 MB)

DivShare:

Box:

4 Responses to The Non-Eternal Question (or: It’s Just A Regular Question)

  1. fitzall says:

    Hey Peter … we're on ADSL2 Wireless. When I hit play on the 3 Divshare links, it took 6, 4 & 3 seconds respectively to hear some noise. With Box, the noise was instantaneous. Hope this helps

  2. Peter says:

    Thanks, Fitzy, for that information. I'm on wireless ADSL2+ as well (I'm guessing you have the little plus sign next to your 2 — pretty much everyone on broadband in Australia does), so we'd have pretty similar experiences with speeds.

    Box probably has the advantage over DivShare because it pre-loads MP3s, which makes for instant playing. That's good enough — and scientific enough — for me.

    Unfortunately though, Box doesn't (as far as I'm aware) do playlists. But it is very good at single MP3s. So I think for a playlist of MP3s I'll use DivShare.

    So for single MP3s: Box it is!

  3. side3 says:

    They both played about the same for me.

  4. Peter says:

    Excellent, Sidey. I'm glad you had no problems with lagging.

    (I was going to say “no laggy problems” instead, but I have a feeling that “laggy” isn't a real word.)

    Nevertheless, I'm a-gonna hop on the Box car for single MP3s.

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