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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.

Audios in Amazon Cloud

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Hi there, music fans! Yesterday I decided to take a look at the Amazon online cloud storage service, because it has been a subject to a lot of buzz these days. And what did I see? With a notebook like view, it provides a decent cloud service at a reasonable price. However, since I am not a fan of paid services, I decided to test its free version, so that I see if it works for storing my multiple audios.

Amazon only gives you 5GB online storage space for free, which is not much, compared to other services I’ve tested. So, thumbs down on this one. The main view of the service is not bad, actually. It provides embedded folders for your videos, documents and pictures, but you can create and manage your own folders as well.

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So, first I created my custom Audios folder, then I uploaded a number of files to the cloud. The uncool thing about Amazon is that its embedded free player only plays .mp3 files, while for other file formats you need to purchase its own, native player.

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The player is available for Web, Mac, PC, and any mobile devices, as well as Kindle Fire. Through Amazon’s paid music service you can also purchase music files in a .mp3 format or entire music collections for very reasonable prices. All music files and albums you purchase from Amazon, as well as those you have purchased in the past will be automatically saved to the Cloud Player, which means you’ll have a secure online cloud backup of the music you buy at Amazon, free of charge. Amazon Cloud Player lets you keep a safe backup of your music in its secure cloud, then download or play those mp3s anytime. All imported songs are instantly made available in Cloud Player and upgraded to high-quality 256 Kbps audio, or so they claim. You can also create and manage playlists, stream your music from the cloud, or download it for playback offline.

So, shortly, Amazon offers a number of services, grouped in a cloud storage system, which, for those, willing to pay a particular sum, may be a very comfy way of creating and storing large collections of music.