A New Way of Swapping Music Online

As part of what I do, I’m always sending big files from the studio in my house: Music, interviews, commercial reads, TV narrations–the lot. Some of these files are awfully big since the people on the other end insist on uncompressed .wav files. Others are just big enough that email won’t work. Some clients prefer Dropbox while others can only use We Transfer or High Tail or Gobbler. A couple request private links posted to SoundCloud. Some even still have old-fashioned FTP sites.  And let’s not even talk about the guy who wanted me to burn everything to CD and then mail it to him.

The result is a mishmash of links and platforms and programs. I kinda hate it.  This is why something like Byta caught my eye.

Byta (Swedish for “exchange,” apparently) is a new way to privately exchange audio. Launched on July 1, Byta promises “a clean, simple and elegant way for anyone to privately exchange audio any way they want. Byta eliminates the need for multiple services instead allowing sending and receiving in one place, outside of email.” It also says that it’s “built for music.”

The interface looks really clean and signup is easy. And yes, while there’s a paid level, there’s also a free tier.

Byta tiers
Click on the image for more details on each of these two service tiers.

Obviously, there’s a pro music element to this but if you’re just looking to privately share audio, this looks like it might be an interesting solution to a problem audio producers and musicians struggle with daily.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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