Listen Up! The Best Cloud Storage Solutions For Music
2019 April 16th at 3:53
Do you have thousands of music files cluttering your computer?
Or maybe you’ve saved your music to an external hard disk?
Either way, saving your music onto the cloud will not only declutter and speed up your computer but will also make it more easily accessible for when you need that song the most.
But how do you go about choosing the best service? And are some cloud solutions better than others for storing music?
Well, choosing the best service depends on a few factors, and there are certainly providers out there which dominate when it comes to music storage. Luckily, though, I’ve done the searching and have determined that these are the best cloud storage for music solutions:
- pCloud (Best built-in features for music lovers)
- Google Play Music (Best for organizing music)
- Sync.com (Best for sharing files with family and friends)
- MediaFire (Best option for uploading files from multiple devices)
- Mega (Best for users on a budget)
From: Free (10GB of storage)
Recommended for: Users looking for the most streamlined experience
pCloud is one of the best music cloud storage solutions due to its music playback feature. The service comes with a built-in audio player with playlists, so you can not only access your music easily but also play it without any hassle.
Also, if you have music videos, you can store and watch those straight from pCloud as it comes with a built-in video player and HD video streaming.
But aside from making playing your favorite tunes easy, the solution comes with a generous 10GB of storage free of charge. You can also invite your friends to listen to your music by creating and sharing folders with them.
On top of this, you’ll never have to worry about losing your music - pCloud has some of the best security measures in place, one of which is to keep 5 copies of all your files on different servers.
What I feel makes pCloud truly unique, though, is its choice of subscription. If you want to upgrade from your free plan, you can choose between 500GB and 2TB of storage, but these are priced quite differently to others on the market.
While you can pay on an annual basis, you also have the choice of making a one-time payment of $175 or $350 depending on the plan you go for. This gives you a lifetime subscription to the service. Plus, all pCloud plans come with a 10-day money back guarantee.
Or if not, you can always choose the annual plan.
- Great for sharing music
- pCloud mobile app allows you to listen to music on the go
- Generous free plan
- pCloud storage keeps 5 copies of your files
- Plans with flexible subscription
- Only 2 plans to choose from
From: $9.99/month (up to 50,000 songs)
Recommended for: Users with a lot of music that needs organizing
Google Play Music is the second provider on my list because its a great solution for storing music - especially if you have a lot of it.
What makes Google Play Music unique is that instead of giving you a limit on the amount of space you have, it tells you how many songs you can store (and it’s a pretty generous 50,000).
What I like most about Google Play Music is that once you upload all your files, the service automatically organizes everything for you. You’ll see all the playlists you’ve made as well as each artist, album, and genre in separate categories.
Plus, if you’re anything like me and you like to binge on new songs you find, you’ll see that any recently added files are in a separate folder so you can access them easily.
With Google Play Music, you can choose from two plans - one for individuals which costs $9.99 a month, and the family plan which costs $14.99 a month and grants access to up to 6 people. Better yet, each of these comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and you can also discover and subscribe to podcasts, radio shows, and YouTube music.
- Automatically organizes your music for you
- Mobile app for to music on the go
- Individual or family plans to choose from
- 30-day free trial
- Once you reach 50,000 songs, there is no option to upgrade
From: Free (5GB of storage)
Recommended for: Users wanting to share music files with family and friends
Third on my list of cloud music services Sync.com. What I like most about this solution are its sharing capabilities - with a simple link, you can share all your favorite songs and playlists with friends and family.
Better yet, they don’t even need a Sync account to access the files you send them.
Sync also makes it easy for you to listen to your music no matter where you are by automatically backing up all your files as soon as you log on. From there, it syncs your files across all your devices so that you can access them at work, in the gym, or even while driving home.
When it comes to subscriptions, Sync only has two personal plans. The first one is free of charge and gives you 5GB of storage - not a great option if you have a lot of files to store. However, the Personal Pro plan gives you the choice of 500GB or 2TB of storage for $49 and $96 a year respectively. Both of these paid subscriptions come with unlimited downloads, as well as offline access.
- File sharing via simple links
- Syncs files across all your devices
- Personal Pro plan comes with two storage options
- Only 5GB of storage with the free plan
From: Free (10GB of storage)
Recommended for: Users wanting to upload files from multiple devices
Today, more than 50 million people worldwide trust MediaFire, and with good reason - the company has a very generous free plan which gives you 10GB of free storage.
On top of this, if you want to bring out your inner social media wizard and do some light marketing (as in - attract new clients) for them, you’ll get up to 50GB free of charge. Plus, the service comes with unlimited bandwidth and each file can be up to 4GB large, leaving you with more than enough space to save all your music without spending a dime.
However, although the free plan does allow you to share files with a simple link, your music will play with ads every now and then.
With that being said, if you’ve got a large selection of playlists you want to secure, and you want to avoid ads, you can always upgrade to the Pro plan which offers 1TB of storage for $3.75 a month.
- Very generous free plan with incentives to gain more storage
- Opportunity to upload files from all devices
- Easy file sharing via simple link
- File sharing and downloads come with ads on the free plan
- Only 2 paid plans to choose from
From: Free (50GB of storage for 180 days, then 15GB)
Recommended for: Users on a budget
Mega is a New Zealand based company with a very large focus on security.
Aside from end-to-end encryption and live encrypted backup, Mega allows you to play all your favorite songs on your phone, thanks to its mobile app. This makes it a great alternative for people who listen to music while on the go.
Unfortunately, there is one grey area with Mega - although they offer 50GB of free storage as soon as you sign up, this is subject to your participation in the solution’s achievement program. First, you need to invite your friends and install the MEGAsync and mobile application. Plus, all the data you earn from this expires after just 180 days, leaving you with 15GB.
Of course, you can always choose to upgrade your account - but it will come at a cost. The cheapest plan, which offers 200GB of storage, will cost you a whopping €4.99 ($5.69) per month. Not the cheapest solution on this list - but still a very interesting one.
- Generous free storage plan
- File sharing via simple links
- Option to stream music directly from the mobile app
- Cannot stream music from computer
- Paid plans are very expensive
- Free storage is subject to some strict rules
So, Which Is the Best Cloud Storage for Music?
When it comes to choosing the best cloud storage for music, it will completely depend on your individual needs. But here’s my verdict:
- pCloud is great if you don't want to be burdened by constant monthly payments.
- Google Play Music is the best service if you want to keep track of your favorite songs.
- Sync.com is the best option if you want a lifetime cloud storage subscription.
- MediaFire has the most affordable paid plan.
- Mega has is the best solution for listening to music on the go.
When choosing the best solution, make sure it offers enough storage space to save all of your music and it fits within your budget. Plus, if you want to listen to your music at all times, makes sure to choose a solution which enables you to do this. So overall, the real winner comes down to your needs.
And what do you think? Do you have a go-to cloud storage solution for all your music - and if so, is it one of those on the list? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below!
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