Amazon and Google are now offering to store your music on the cloud (their data storage facilities) so that you can access it from anywhere in the world.
Amazon will let you store up to 2,000 tunes for free, while Google will let you store up to 20,000 tunes.
One advantage is that it eliminates the need for you to carry an MP3 player, and gives you the option of listening to your music collection over the web via your phone or other mobile device (such as a tablet) instead.
But is the convenience of carrying only one mobile device really worth the hassle of having to upload all of your music to a remote server somewhere?
It could be a great option for you if it’s really important to you have your personal collection available to you anytime, anywhere.
For me, it isn’t, because I already have plenty of ways to listen to music on my mobile which take less time and effort that uploading my own music to the cloud.
For example, Sprint Radio is included in my monthly mobile service plan. It gives me the ability to stream radio stations from all over the country.
Other hassle free options include streaming services such as Pandora and Last.fm . Sure you have to listen to a few ads, but the price is right; free.
Then there is—dare I say it—regular, old-school terrestrial radio. My phone doesn’t have the capacity to pick up FM radio signals, but there are some that do.
If you don’t mind spending a little money; there are some great paid music streaming services you may want to explore.
They might be an attractive option because they offer much larger collections than you would likely ever be able to assemble on your own (millions of songs), lots of interesting information, and the ability to interact with other music fans.
While I really like Rhapsody with its $9.99 per month unlimited streaming plan there are also some newer, less expensive streaming options which reportedly have more music and cost less.
Check them out, and let me know what you think. Leave your comments (below), and follow my blog so you can stay up to date on all things digital.