To store or not to store FLAC files in the cloud? That is the question, here is the answer!
What’s the deal?
A lot of people find it irrational to store FLAC files in the cloud, because more than 50% of the services (the actual few that can actually play the format) have to re-encode. Others think relocating to the online storage alternative is pointless with services like Spotify and Beats in the game. Setting up a NAS is also an alternative a vast majority of the internet community prefers.
And you’re telling me this because..?
While options like setting up a NAS or paying $10/month for a digital music service have proven their efficiency, there are also cloud storage services that can offer a similarly pleasant experience, despite concerns.
pCloud is one cloud storage service that can play FLAC files with its dedicated audio player. Furthermore, this feature is provided for free along with up to 20GB of storage and all other tweaks similar providers offer. There are no file size and speed limits to uploading your tunes and provided you want more space, it will cost you only $7.99/month. The application is available for both mobile (Android, iOS) and desktop (Windows, Mac OS and Linux).
Style-Jukebox is bears some similarity as it lets users have their music with them, wherever they go as long as they have an Android, iOS and Windows phone device. For free, you will get to store up to 3,000 tracks through referrals with a 30MB limit per song. If you want to play your FLAC tunes, though, you will have to upgrade to the premium version for $9.99/month. The service is available for iOS, Android and desktop.
Google Play Music is a service that you have most probably heard of as it is on the more popular side of the market. It has some snazzy features like custom radio and smart recommendations, but that’s what you get for a service similar to Spotify. Nevertheless, your FLAC files will be streamed only with the all access premium version of the service for $9.99/month. Play Music is compatible with Android and iOS. A web application is also available. One drawback, however, is that the service isn’t available worldwide, so provided you want to use it, you should check here if yout country is listed.
Of course, each one of these services has some drawbacks to it’s FLAC streaming feature. However, you can say that they are among the better options currently out in the market. If you want a thorough review of any of the services above, don’t hesitate to comment below.