Tech tip: Create your own music streaming service

These days we don’t carry around our music. We YouTube it or we stream it from various services like Apple Music and Saavn. But the quality of the music, the sound per se, is questionable at best for various reasons. In some cases, the music is also censored. What if you want to listen to your own library, which is not censored, which is of the highest quality sonically speaking? What if you have a song, which is not available to stream? What is your solution? Well, the cloud is your friend again, because there are multiple ways to upload your entire library and access it remotely, irrespective of what you are using. It will not just act like a back-up but will solve a bevy of issues. We show you how.

Things to Note

1. Backing up a music library can be a time-consuming process as normally upload speeds are much lower than download speeds. It also depends on how big is the library that you’re trying to back up. So if you’re trying to upload 5GB it should happen in a few hours, but 50 GB can take a few days.

2. You may need to pay for a cloud storage service like a OneDrive, DropBox, or Google Drive. If that’s not the case then perhaps you may need a subscription of an audio streaming service. In the case of streaming service, your music isn’t actually going up in the cloud, because, in most cases, the service will match the song you have to its library. In many cases, it will upgrade the file if your file is of a lower quality.

3. If it’s in the cloud, you really don’t own the space, you’re a tenant, so you will have access only till you pay the rent for the storage service.

iTunes Match method

Since iTunes is one of the most popular music management tools on the planet for many, it makes sense for them to use this service to also back-up their music library.

For iTunes users, iTunes Match is the best option. It costs around Rs.1,200 per year and allows users to sync all of their locally stored music with Apple’s library. In the case you happen to have a song Apple doesn’t, then Apple allows you to upload 100,000 songs, which is a number ought to be good enough for most users.

If you opt for this path, you have to make sure that you aren’t using lossless audio formats like Ogg Vorbis or FLAC because then Apple’s Match service will not be able to detect those files. Instead, you will need to convert those files to MP3s, AAC or WMA formats, which are more universally acceptable.

Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service isn’t one of the most cost-effective cloud storage services out there, but it is a great way to backup music. This is particularly true of Office 365 users (Rs.420 per month) who get access to 1TB of storage, with a cap of 20,000 files. This basically means you can upload a lot of music on your personal cloud and stream it or download it whenever you want.

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