Do you keep you music on the cloud?

I’m really getting irritated with all the services that now want to put my stuff on the cloud. It’s not that bad really, but I just got a new phone and had to reaffirm my download wishes with Amazon Mp3, and it was frustrating. . . “Give me my damn stuff!!” I always download and backup.

Do you keep your music on a cloud?


Yup, I keep my music in the cloud. I uploaded my collection to Google music and now I have it wherever I go. I have a Bluetooth stereo in the lounge room, and I can use my phone, tablet or PC to stream music wirelessly from the cloud, so I don’t need to use storage space on any of those devices to have my music at hand.

I can also listen to it in the car on the go, although I lack Bluetooth in the car so it only comes through the phone speaker and is therefore not the best listening experience. It’s handy when the radio isn’t doing it for me, or when I just have a desperate need to listen to a certain song RIGHT NOW!

I have a hard drive full of music, uploaded it all to Google music, Songza, and did Spotify Premium for a few months but I suspect that I might like the idea of all my music in one place more than the actual practice. I say that because I’m on Pandora at work and the gym, and listen to NPR/podcasts on the commute. I rarely use google play to cloud-access a specific song that I really want to listen to.

Most CDs that I order through Amazon get automatically put into my Amazon cloud, as well. I find myself increasingly streaming from the cloud via phone/tablet/pc rather than going through the extra steps of physically selecting a CD and popping it in the player (and putting away the previous one).

No, I don’t. It would be far too much work for most of it. I have about 2 days of digital music, but I’d have to digitize 100 times that to even get started uploading my collection to the cloud.

As far as storing the digital stuff I own in the cloud, It’s a neat place to back stuff up to, but I wouldn’t want my access to music to depend on my internet connection.

I’ve uploaded a lot of stuff to Google Play but only things I had already ripped to mp3’s. I haven’t sat and done all my CDs or anything. I do find the extra steps to download an MP3 for my own use from Amazon & Google a bit annoying but not enough to really care. I tend to do all my music management in spurts anyway so I’ll set it to download 15 songs from my cloud library and ten toss them on a USB stick for my car rather than download one song a day or something.

Yes, I have my entire music collection on Google Play. It took days to upload it all, and I’m still working on fixing up the metadata (Google doesn’t support some of the tags I had on my files), but I feel better knowing it’s there.

I got rid of my LPs years ago (after making digital transfers of the ones I wanted to keep), and although I still have all my CDs, I haven’t touched them in ages and haven’t bought a physical CD in years. After experiencing a couple of hard drive crashes and seeing how unexpectedly they can happen, I’m not about to depend on them.

If I’m somewhere that doesn’t have wifi I’m listening from offline files, but anywhere else (like at home) it’s just Google.

Bingo. My internet connection is often iffy, and my experiences streaming video don’t make me confident that I’d be able to reliably access my music when I want it.

The last time I bought an album from Amazon, I was open to buying it in mp3 format, but I couldn’t figure out how to make Amazon just send me the damn files instead of (after forcing me to download a special program) storing them in the cloud. I ended up getting so frustrated that I just bought the physical CD, paid for the shipping, waited three days, and then ripped it on my home computer so that I could put it on my Walkman.

I am obviously not cut out for modern technology.

I have gradually, over the last two or three years, been uploading much of my music collection to Amazon’s cloud (where it lives alongside the music I’ve bought from Amazon). I like the convenience of having access to my entire music library anywhere I have internet access; and it sometimes comes in very handy to be able to play a song or album without having to hunt down the physical CD that’s “around here somewhere.”

I keep a small percentage of my music at Google Play, just for the convenience of playing it if I’m on the road with nothing else to play. But my official storage is the original CDs for 90% of it, and a highly-backed-up hard drive for the stuff I bought electronically.

I do not trust the cloud.

I do not like the cloud.

Hey! You!! Get off of my cloud!

Amazon does make you run a little client which is annoying but that client downloads the files directly to your computer as MP3’s. Google is far more annoying as gives you two bad options: Either a limited single download (you can download it three times) or you can dump everything from your Google cloud storage to your computer an unlimited number of times. It doesn’t redownload stuff it already sees in your Music folder but this means you need to keep all that on your hard drive to avoid downloading a hundred albums to get one song. Which really defeats the point of storing shit on Google Music.

I’m certainly not advocating for the whole system – it’s stupid and needlessly cumbersome for access files you legitimately purchased. I just deal with it because there’s not many more options for legally purchased music on an a la carte basis.

No. The cloud is convenient when I get a new device but otherwise it stays on my computer and phone. My Internet connection isn’t always solid and I also want it available when I fly.

I don’t keep anything on any cloud. I do not trust the cloud, I don’t believe it is reliable, despite that being the main point of its existence.

You are absolutely rightby not wanting to depend on your internet connection for your music etc.
I think we depend altogether too much on the internet, cloud, or whatever is not under our personal control.
Lets keep our personal independence.

Hamlet, Shakespeare

No single storage method/location is reliable.

I use iTunes match, which replicates my 10,000+ song collection to all my devices via iCloud.
It’s a really awesome service - I can listen to any of the songs in my collection anywhere I have access to the Internet.