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I am working on an application that will allow users to play short audio clips (voice recordings), as well upload short clips. I will be using a Java / Tomcat environment. I am wondering if this type of data belongs in a database or a filesystem. I have read on here that the file system is the better choice for performance reasons, but a database seems like it would be more manageable. Thanks for any advice.

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A filesystem is just as manageable as a database. Putting this sort of data into a database is just asking for trouble -- any time you need to access that data, you'll need to extract it from the database into a file before being able to work on it. Just skip the middleman and put it in files right from the start.

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