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Anyone here make use of a cloud music service (such as Google Music or MyMusicCloud) to upload their legally purchased physical music releases?

 

I would like to have a cloud backup of my ST collection for archival purposes, and to have the option of accessing my collection if I travel or work abroad.

 

Any experience using these services? Any problems/issues?

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I tried google music when it first came out for the same reason. 

 

My my experience was it was slow, did’t always upload all the tracks and didn’t have enough device support for me to keep paying for it. (I have mostly apple devices). That said it was a couple years ago so someone else here might have a different opinion and the service may have improved. 

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I don’t use cloud services anymore, but mostly because my music library is such a custom affair — after ripping a cd or downloading an album, I usually end up editing the metadata on nearly every track to suit my OCD compulsions. And I always opt to replace the artwork so that it gets embedded. Somehow, little of that effort would stay in place when using Apple’s cloud service. 

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14 hours ago, JTWfan77 said:

Anyone here make use of a cloud music service (such as Google Music or MyMusicCloud) to upload their legally purchased physical music releases?

 

I would like to have a cloud backup of my ST collection for archival purposes, and to have the option of accessing my collection if I travel or work abroad.

 

Any experience using these services? Any problems/issues?

 

Cloud and archival purposes don’t mix. 

 

I hope youre backing it up elsewhere.

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21 hours ago, Bilbo said:

 

Cloud and archival purposes don’t mix. 

 

I hope youre backing it up elsewhere.

 

Why would you say that? Is it concerns over reliability of the service?

 

On 08 April 2018 at 8:29 PM, Iron_Giant said:

I don’t use cloud services anymore, but mostly because my music library is such a custom affair — after ripping a cd or downloading an album, I usually end up editing the metadata on nearly every track to suit my OCD compulsions. And I always opt to replace the artwork so that it gets embedded. Somehow, little of that effort would stay in place when using Apple’s cloud service. 

 

I won't be using Apple's service for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's not free. Secondly, Apple has screwed up my iTunes library enough, thank you. I'm talking files that literally disappear from my hard drive. Thirdly, I don't want to be locked into Apple's ecosystem, as I don't (and never plan to) own any of their hardware. At present I'm using the iTunes store to purchase music (and not exclusively either, I also use Google Play Music). I also use an offline (meaning disconnected from my music library) iTunes to rip my CDs to ALAC for archiving.

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15 minutes ago, JTWfan77 said:

 

Why would you say that? Is it concerns over reliability of the service?

 

 

You cant garauntee the service will continue to operate. 

 

If if you want to archive digital files you back them up on multiple hard drives and or on disk. 

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I really enjoyed Spotify as well, they certainly take care of their library (as bespin noted) but when it came to needing access to a good library as well as mixing in my library of ripped physical releases Spotify just couldn’t do that.  Apple Music just made it seem less cumbersome. Especially, and this for me is the crutch that killed both Spotify and google music for me, where the vast majority of my devices are apple and there was, at least at the time (haven’t looked in some time), no Spotify app for the Apple tv’s hooked to my sound setups in the house and no good way to access my own library at the same time. 

Unless that’s changed I’ll stick with the not perfect but easy to use Apple Music, but I totally get people’s love for Spotify over Apple if you aren’t in the ecosystem!

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