Storing music in personal cloud platforms? Why not?

Description: Storing your music online is a great idea. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of online music storing and best places to store your music.

Personal cloud storage is no longer a stranger term for most of the Internet users. People use cloud storage to keep their applications and files safe. However, not every cloud platform can be a good place for storing music. Storing music online requires much more than just a folder to keep the music safe. Some features as the following:

  • A built-in music player so that you can play music online
  • A feature that allows users to download files to different devices. 
  • Support for a wide range of file formats. 
  • A feature that enables users to create playlists 
But before we get to the part of how to find a suitable cloud storage for music, the important question is whether you should upload your music online or not.

Should you store your music online?
Although storing music online is not popular and, to some cloud users, not necessary, cloud users could gain many benefits from using an online platform to keep their music. The advantages and disadvantages of using cloud storage for music will be discussed below.

The Advantages Of Storing Music Online

Increase accessibility to your music library:  Using the cloud increase your accessibility to your music playlists almost anywhere and anytime. Rather than using your smartphone or a storage device that might not be easy to carry around, you can utilize your existing cloud account for storing music With the help of the Internet and available features of your cloud service, you would be able to access your songs from any device.

Online cloud platform allows you to gain access to your music library.
Sharing music: You would probably contravene the copyright law if you directly distribute your music via P2P networks and other unauthorized networks. By sharing your music playlists from your cloud storage, you could legalize the sharing via famous social sites such as Facebook.

Music recovery: Another advantage of storing your music library online is you could recover your files in almost any cases, irrespective of natural disasters or the cloud’s downtime.

The Downsides Of Storing Music Online

It’s hard to access your cloud storage offline: You almost always need an Internet connection to gain access to your music online. Many cloud platforms allow you to access to your files offline, however, you still have to download the files and compensate a considerable amount of your device’s internal storage for those files. It could be the biggest disadvantage of storing your music online.

Security threats: Nothing is really safe online even though cloud providers are trying their best to ensure your upload files are safe. The only way to make sure your music is safe is through security credentials, especially password. Therefore adopting a strong secure password is essential to keep your cloud away from security threats.

Best Cloud Storages For Music

There are many cloud platforms, but not many of them are suitable to store music. The following sites are handpicked for their wonderful features and capacity to help you gain full access and use your music library online.

pCloud

pCloud provides free storage of 10GB for any new users. After verifying your email and complete some basic questions, you could upgrade your storage platform into 20GB for files and music. Besides its generosity, pCloud is famous for its features for music, especially playback and sharing features.

pCloud also automatically categorizes your music files into Audio and Video sections and at the same time sort the music library by song, artist, album. It applies to any playlists of yours.

Additionally, you can stream your music online, add songs to a queue and enjoy your music online without downloading them to your device. The sharing option is available, allowing you to share your music files as a folder or as a single file. Your friends can listen and download the music files without having a pCloud account. In case you accidentally delete your files, they stay in your account for 15 days. You can always look for your missing files.

pCloud offers free apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android.

Google Play Music

Unlike other cloud platforms, Google Play Music only provide you a limited space for music uploading. Though limited, the space is quite large, which allows you to upload up to 50,000 songs.  Google Play Music automatically classify your music files and playlists by artists, albums, and genres. It enables desktop notifications for any news during playback. You can even install a mini player on Chrome to play your music without opening Google Play Music. You could use a huge library of free podcasts, radio stations as well as free songs from Google Play Music.

Google Play Music is available on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.

MEGA

MEGA is also a great place to store your files if you're concerned that someone may hack into your account - this entire file storage service is built around privacy and security.

Though MEGA is not famous for its features for music storing, you can rely on the cloud’s privacy and security. MEGA offers 50G free for its users, so can upload as many music files as you like. You can upload a whole music folder and prevent network problems by using a feature called bandwidth control from MEGA. You can stream music in MEGA through a free mobile app.

MEGA apps are free for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux.


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