There was a time when people would store hundreds of vinyl’s in their homes, and then the cassettes came in. But as the digitization of music started with CDs, mp3, and iTunes, the music scene completely changed. With it changed the way we store our music.
From Beethoven to Calvin Harris, it’s possible to have all kinds of music in one single device today, whether it's your laptop, smartphone, or iPod.
But with the expanding music scene, our music libraries have grown too. Most of us have thousands of songs in our laptops, eating up gigabytes of space.
Some music lovers still like to use storage devices like:
- External hard disks
- USB drives
But these are just extensions of the main hard drives. To access your music files, you would need to carry these storage devices with you. Not to mention, they can easily get stolen or damaged.
On the other hand, cloud storage services are robust and inexpensive. Users can not just choose to sync files to different devices; they can also choose which files to sync.
Top Picks for Music Cloud Storage
Here are our choices for the best cloud storage for music. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!!!
One of the main reasons why SugarSync is on the top of our list is because it can sync unlimited devices and it has a pretty robust app for iOS and Android phones, making it easy for users to access their music.
SugarSync was founded in 2008 by Ben Strong and Gibu Thomas, and the company states Dropbox as its main competition. Previously known as HummingBird, the name was changed after J2 Global Inc acquired it.
Providing both file syncing and online backup options, SugarSync has a sleek and clean interface making it easy to use even for the technologically challenged ones.
Here are some of the SugarSync features:
- Separate folder for backup
- Unlimited devices can be synced
- Mobile apps available for both iOS and Android
- Secure TLS encryption
- File sharing options
To start backing up your music library, just install SugarSync and choose the respective folder. If you don’t have a specific folder for music, you can also filter audio files separately and select the main drive folder.
When SugarSync is downloaded on any device and logged in with the same account, it will automatically start syncing files to the local machine. In case you only want to back up your music files, just move them to the vault folder.
While there is no private encryption, which could be a security concern for some users, but no encryption is the reason why music files can be directly played from the SugarSync web and mobile apps, and there is no need to download files.
Sharing files on SugarSync can be one either by emailing someone directly from the app, or copying the link and pasting it wherever required. Users can be allowed just to view the files or download them as well.
SugarSync does provide 5GB free storage for all its customers, but that is only applicable for the first 90 days. After that, if users want to keep using SugarSync they would have to buy a subscription for storage.
With up to 1000 GB plans available, SugarSync is a great option for music lovers, DJs, and producers. Since it is cross-platform and works with OS X, Windows, and Linux, it becomes pretty easy to work with it.
Similar to SugarSync, iDrive provides both files syncing and online backup. But unlike SugarSync, iDrive provides 5 GB forever storage for every user that signs up.
With over 2 million customers, iDrive provides remote access, online backup, and cloud storage services to both personal and business users. Apart from the iDrive app, the company’s other products include RemotePC, iDriveSync, and iBackup. iDrive was founded by Raghu Kulkarni.
Here are some of the features provided by iDrive:
- 5 GB free storage space
- Music files can be directly played from within the app
Coming to iDrive, as soon as you install its desktop app, iDrive will automatically select documents, music and video folder for upload. But if your music files are situated somewhere else, then you can choose another folder too.
By default, all the files uploaded to iDrive are directly backed up to its server. If you want to sync files, then you would have to move all the files to the sync folder. If files are already present in the other folder on your iDrive account, then you do not need to upload them again for syncing, they can easily be copied to the Sync folder directly.
With apps for iOS and Android, iDrive files can be easily accessed on the go. You will find the interface a bit old and challenging, but despite all that, the iDrive app is incredibly powerful and packed with features.
There is no need to download music files; they can be directly played with the app’s inbuilt music player. For sharing files, users can use email, direct links, or social media.
If you have a huge music library, restoring which might take days, you can ask iDrive to you the data in a hard disk, and it will be delivered right to your house. Of course, you will have to pay extra for that.
Uploading files is that easy too; you can send a hard disk full of data to iDrive, and the service will automatically upload all the sent data to your iDrive account.
iDrive does have private encryption which makes it easy to safeguard the data, but encryption also means that every time you want to access a file, you will be asked for the encryption key. Also, the uploads and download speeds will slow down because of encryption and decryption added to the process.
Yes, iDrive is technically an online backup service first and a file syncing tool later, but its full of features and that is why we recommend it.
JustCloud provides file backup, synchronisation and easy access from any device. While the cloud storage service does market itself as an ‘unlimited storage’ service, it isn’t one. You can buy a subscription for up to 1 TB storage space.
JustCloud is a sister company of MyPC Backup and ZipCloud. To be honest, there isn’t much of a difference among all these online cloud storage services. But yes, they all use the same database. So, if you use one email address to sign up for JustCloud, you cannot use the same for MyPC Backup or ZipCloud.
Here are some of the features of JustCloud:
- File syncing and sharing
- Music files can be directly played on JustCloud
- Strong 256-bit encryption
- Large files uploads are quick
Even though large files can be easily uploaded or shared through JusCloud, there is a file size limit of 5 GB. But if you are looking for a cloud storage strictly for music files then the file size limit shouldn’t be a problem.
Backups on Justcloud can be scheduled, so they don’t hinder your work. In case you do want to sync all your files with your laptop and mobile, then be sure to upload files in the Sync folder only.
As you sign up to JustCloud, 1 GB storage space will be given for free, but the Sync Folder will only have a storage space of 15 MB, and maximum file size limit will be 5 MB. To increase it, you would have to pay for a subscription plan.
Coming to security, JustCloud does not have its own servers. Instead, the company uses Google Cloud Platform to store all its data. Now Google cloud means you will get 99.99% up time, but that also means that all your data is subjected to Google’s privacy policies too. And if you are using JustCloud to store pirated music, then you should be more careful.
JustCloud has both iOS and Android app which can be used to access backed up files on the go, and listen to music. A great alternative for users who don’t like continuously transferring music files from one device to another.
Why cloud storage for music is needed
We live in a world where we stream a movie on our laptops, and as we move out of the house, we resume the movie from the same point on our mobile phones. Then, why shouldn’t be doing that with our music as well?
By storing music files on the cloud, it becomes possible to access them from anywhere. After, music is supposed to be enjoyed on-the-go and you shouldn’t be restricted to one device only.
All the cloud storage services listed above have an inbuilt music player in them, which means there is no need to download files. Though, you can choose to selectively sync sections of your music library. For instance, you could only sync your workout playlist with your smartphone to save up storage.
In a world of iTunes and Netflix where we already stream music and videos online, it makes sense to use cloud storage for personal music library too.