Mega for Music

My adventure through the cloud storage services continues.
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I’ve been playing with Mega all week now and at times I feel there is something wrong with it, and sometimes the wrong thing is with me.
The web access to Mega is easy to use, you get whole 50GB for free and the uploading is easy as drag and drop. You can organize your files in folders.
The coolest thing about Mega is that when you upload a file, in my case audio, it is stored on the Mega servers only in encrypted state. That means that only you and no one but you has access to the full files.
So Mega is actually the best secure cloud storage. The cons here is that the cryptography makes the service slow and does’t have desktop app to help you with the file-moving.
As for the mobile apps – I’ve tried both iOS and Android. If I have to be honest the Android app is a complete mess. On iPhone things are a little bit better and they even have a light audio player.
You can make your audio files available for offline and actually listen to them, which is great.
I have a few notes on the photo sync in both the apps, but since I don’t care at all about photos i will keep them to my self. Just note that they have a lot of work.
So, Mega is a secure cloud storage, gives you a lot of space and you can use it if you have sudden craving to hear a particular song. We are one step closer to the best cloud storage for audio.
This week I’m going to use MediaFire, so stay tuned!

My Music in Box

Storing my music in a cloud storage was the best decision in my life. It is safe, it is there and hopefully I will never lose it again.

First stop on my search for the best cloud storage for audio files is Box.
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On sign up they give you 10GB free space which is roughly 2000 songs, but there is a limit to the file size you can upload – 250MB.
The upload through the web access to box.com is easy and the drag&drop function makes the uploading of songs simple . You can also download the Box sync to your desktop and have your music moved there. Then you can open it on you phone or tablet, or on other computers.
Box has mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, Android and a desktop app for Windows.
The mobile apps have a really simple, but still useful music player although “player” is a bit exaggerated. You can play a single song with no next/back option, only play and stop.
Box has a feature to view you files offline, but unfortunately you CAN’T listen to your music directly from your box account when you’re not connected to the Internet.
If you tried Box and you liked it you can upgrade your accout to 1TB for $15 a month.
But don’t hurry, my next stop might be better.

The journey to cloud storage for audio begins

A few months back my music was destroyed due to a hard disk fail. Years and years of collecting, more than 200GB of pure pleasure – lost! You can only guess how frustrated I was when this happened. You know they always say “put your important files on a external hard drive  to keep them safe”? As it turns out it’s not that safe. I mean – at all! The thing just went KabOOm!

Anyway, bad things happen now and then, and I decided I won’t make a big deal out of it. Instead I wanted to raise the alarm for people who may encounter the same problem.
People, the only safe way to preserve your precious data is by uploading it in a cloud storage. You may think it’s dangerous, but ask yourself which is more important – worrying that NSA will get to your dirty photos, or having them 10 years later so you can enjoy the great body you once had?
Anyway, aside from the recently razed security alerts, cloud storage services are easy, fast and user friendly.
I decided to turn the unfortunate events of losing my music into some kind of a exploratory experience and went on a free cloud storage hunt.
The first thing that comes to mind of course is Dropbox. The pioneers of clouds. But as I signed for their service I actually realized that they may be the first ones, but are far away from the best. For example – they only give you 2GB of free space. You can get more if you invite friends, share in social media and so on, but why do the work when BOX gives you 10 GB to start with, and Google Drive gives you 5 GB, but with the extra that all of you things are in one place and you can connect everything with your G+ account?
I’m a bit free space junkie so I dig deeper into the sky to find better options.
Bitcasa is way smaller service than the giants in the industry, but they are more generous in giving – 10GB on sign up and work your up to 20GB, following bonus steps. While Mediafire gives you 10GB on sign up, but you can get it up to 50GB.
And there are so many more. I’m just in the beginning of this jumping on the clouds, but at least my renewed collection of audio files will be safe in a file storage service.