Mandozine will celebrate its 20th anniverary next year. In 1996, the Web was in its infancy and Web hosting was expensive. Bandwidth was limited, and as Web technologies evolved to support video and audio content, bandwidth usage had a significant impact on hosting costs. But, the growth and success of the Web created opportunies for new service providers to offer inexpensive hosting and unlimited bandwidth plans. At the time it was not practical to move Mandozine to a more affordable host provider. The decision was made to create an auxiliary site for media content on a low cost, unlimited bandwidth host site. Hence Mandotunes. The next milestone relevant to Mandozine was the introduction of YouTube and Soundcloud. This eliminated the need to host my video and audio files on my host server.
All video files are now hosted on my Mandotunes YouTube channel, and audio files are hosted on Soundcloud. All other Mandotunes content has been merged with Mandozine. I will keep the existing Mandotunes site active for the next few months, but it will eventually be shut down, although I will retain the domain name as a redirect to Mandozine.
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