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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.

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!

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.