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Holla, music enthusiasts! After a long hiatus, I’ve finally returned with a whole new set of cloud storage providers for your tunes. Read on to see which provider has gotten himself in the limelight today!

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How About Storing Your Audios in Bitcasa?


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I’ve been playing with the Bitcasa “Infinite Storage” service for some time, and I must say I have difficulties commenting on whether I like it or not. It works quite nicely for a lot of things I keep on the online storage platform, but it also has certain bugs that may need to be fixed before I say the service is a really good one. First of all, what I like about it is that the desktop application creates a virtual drive on your computer. The documents you place on this virtual drive won’t take space on your computer and will be accessible from any other devices you use. Also, you can simply drag and drop your valuable files (in my case mostly music) to the folders in your virtual drive. This way they will be automatically uploaded to the online cloud storage platform.

The Bitcasa virtual drive works and looks just like any standard hard drive, except it does not run out of space. This is in case you’ve ordered a paid version. Simply place your digital data in the virtual drive and it is safe. This way Bitcasa helps you save space on your non-virtual drives, which is particularly helpful for mobiles.

The Bitcasa platform provides effortless auto-backup. All you need to do is simply right-click on a file or folder on your computer and select Mirror to perform an automatic backup to Bitcasa. The cloud storage system automatically backups your files even on mobile. You just need to download and install the Bitcasa application for iPad, iPhone or Android.

The greatest flaw I saw is that the service is somehow moody and non-responsive in terms of sorting files. It sometimes works. Other times it doesn’t. The platform provides a number of embedded folders, such as Photos, Music, Videos, Documents. It also has an external upload section, which, when used, uploads your files to the root folder. When you upload audios, you would expect to see them also in your embedded Music folder, wouldn’t you? At my first attempts what happened was that half of the files appeared there, and half not.

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Then, I tried to move the files from the root folder to the Music folder. Some of them moved, some didn’t. Well, after a number of refreshes it all looked normal, but still… My best guess is that the file sharing system does not recognize music files correctly. It works for mp3s, but has difficulties with other formats. Of course, this may be some temporary error of the system, but bad luck, Bitcasa, for having this flaw right at the moment in which I’m testing it.

Unlike other similar cloud backup services, Bitcasa allows you to play or stream any type of music files without additional software required. When you click on a file it is automatically played on the online storage platform.

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If you install the Bitcasa application on your mobile device, in my case iPad, you can also play your music files quite nicely. It provides an embedded audio player for your favorite music.

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An embedded player is available for Android devices as well.

You can also play your favorite music in an offline mode, if you first favorite your files on the mobile application.

Your Audios in Copy

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Music is everywhere! Even in the clouds! Figuratively and literally speaking.

My newest research is based on storing music files in the online storage platform of Copy. In my view, the Copy file backup system is not the greatest, especially in terms of appearance. However, the free space it offers is quite generous, which I like a lot. The system gives you 15 GB for free at sign up. You can also earn 5GB bonus free cloud storage space if you refer the service to a friend. This way both you and your friend will get those 5GB as a bonus. Nice one, isn’t it?

With such an amount of online storage space you can definitely store quite a large collection of compressed audios, such as .mp3s. And also, the platform provides an embedded player for your favorite songs.

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However, the flaw of Copy is that it does not support certain music file formats, and it is actually difficult to find particular information on the supported music formats. Maybe you need to try yourselves. Of course, you can store any file formats, just for the sake of data backup, but when it comes to playing songs online, well, that’s a different story.

When you upload your audios to the cloud, you can easily share them with your friends. When you click on the file you like to share, you will get the following options.

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At this point you have the opportunity to Download or Share your favorite files. If you click on the Share option, you will get the following screen, containing a link, which you can simply copy to the clipboard and paste into an Instant Messenger, or you can share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or send it through an email.

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Copy also provides a desktop and mobile application to ease your upload needs. If you install the desktop application, you can simply drag and drop your favorite music files into the Copy folder, created on your computer. If you do that, your files will be automatically synchronized to the web platform. This way you can be sure that your music collection is always safe and protected in the cloud.

On mobile, Copy works with iPhone, iPad, and Android. The player looks very well on mobile, so you can listen to your favorite albums directly through the Copy application on your device.

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