Well i had many ideas in mind for downloads.
1) At first i thought about splitting external files from internal ones, since some people don't have the time to spend waiting 20 minutes to download a savefile song. I personally no longer check songs uploaded externally, unless they are uploaded at Mediafire, Divshare or Youtube (Youtube lately is slow, though, so I might not check that either). However I ditched this idea because it would take months to separate topics per sections.
2) Completly disallow external uploads from all hosts except Mediafire, Youtube and Divshare. That way people don't have trouble downloading or waiting. Mediafire is the only fast file host and while Youtube/divshare are slow, you can preview the song instantly without having to download it. However, I know some people will get pissed that savefiles is no longer allowed and that it's better, but I might have no choice if savefiles and other hosts gets even worse in terms of server speed. It's not my internet because I got a 10 mbps connection and I download at 1 MB/sec from mediafire and close to it on TIMGUL
3) Disable externam uploads completly altogether. The good side is that it would prevent 404 - not found errors for most old links, but the downside is that half of the songs and people wouldn't be able to upload. The 6 MB limit on 1and1 sucks x.x
So basically the external uploads are gonna remain and be in the same category than internal uploads. However as I said before, I'm no longer checking new songs uploaded anywhere else than forums, mediafire, divshare or youtube.
TO attract new members, there is a way to disable guest attachments, but I will also install a mod that hide links to guests. Only problem though is that it will hide every single links on the entire board, even those that might appear on the front page in the news, so I will have to be careful about that.