I’d like a proposal to be made on this at some point but I feel like there’s some things that should be discussed first.
Having the ability to upload a new source file for any given track without losing its stats.
The reason for this is making adjustments to the track after it has already been released, especially for work-in-progress tracks that are becoming a more regular thing for artists to make available (the availability for having access to these tracks could pay well into the monetization features that’s coming in the future), and for hobby producers to get feedback and advance their skills. Many people uses sites like clyp.it or simelar sites for this reason. Audius accommodating features for work-in-progress work could help attracting these artists to the site.
Possible Issues and solutions:
The feature would increase load on the nodes by increasing how many files are uploaded, instead of people going using different services for uploading work-in-progress. This could be solved by making the feature unlocked by having $Audio tier 1, decreasing how many people has access to the feature. It’s also speculative how much load it would actually bring as people would also cease to keep removing and uploading new tracks on the sites, by instead using this feature. There could also be set a cooldown timer for replacing a trackfile like a 24h period.
Uploading entirely different tracks as replacement to cheat the system. Let’s say you upload someone else’s work as your own without anyone realizing it and it goes high on the top 100, but then the uploaded replaces the track with his own original work to get publicity from the track being in the top 100.
Pretending to be someone else on the site is already somewhat remedied through twitter verification, so people can spot out fake accounts this way. And this issue is a bigger overall issue, that shouldn’t be tied to this feature, but should maybe be taken to different discussions.
Previous versions of a track could still be available on the site, but hidden in the track drop-down menu like source files currently are. This would ensure that there’s always an overview of the history of track-versions so people don’t upload entirely different works, or at least so people will have access to previous versions. Although that could take up a lot of storage space, which could be a reason why this feature should be unlocked by having an $Audio tier.
Although I do not personally think this last feature would be necessary, but I think would be worth considering since I’ve heard people would worry that artists would ruin songs that people like be continually iterating on the work, although this could certainly also be the other way around.
I think the feature would overall be great for the site and introduce a feature that’s actually exclusive to pro membership over on Soundcloud. And having features that are paywalled on other sites will certainly attract new users.
What are your thoughts? Should it be unlocked by $Audio tier? Should there be a cooldown timer for replacing tracks to prevent data traffic abuse? Should previous versions be available in the dropdown menu? Why, why not?