Keep MP3 Songs in Amazon Cloud, iTunes, iCloud, and Google Music

You Don't Need to Choose

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Right now, it's a great time to be a music lover with a digital collection, but it may not be so great if you haven't committed to a single device.

If you have a few iOS devices, a few Android devices, and a few Kindle devices like the Kindle Fire, (which uses a version of Android restricted to Amazon and does not work with Google Play Music) you may have problems figuring out a music service that will work with all three of them.

Sometimes you might also find bargains on music or promotional giveaways, so you may find yourself with a pastiche of music sources and cloud storage options. That's OK. You can get them to work together. 

The best solution is to duplicate the collection in iCloud/iTunes, the Amazon Cloud, and Google Music. All three places offer some free storage of purchased music, and if one source fills up or decides to start charging for any storage, you can still rely on the other two. One caveat: They don't work in every country.  I can only guarantee that these services work in the US. 

Apple and other companies stopped selling music with DRM restrictions years ago, but you may still have some earlier DRM-restricted purchases in your collection. You can't move songs with DRM to other cloud players, but there are ways around that problem.  That's a common starting point, so let's go from there. If you're using Mac OSX or an iOS 5 device, you can take advantage of iCloud, which is a lot like iTunes with all the music stored online, but you can't use it with other, non-Apple devices.

You could use an app like DoubleTwist, but you may like the idea of having your music where you listen to it. 

Getting Your iTunes Music to Google Music

  1. Google Music is on the Web at music.google.com. 
  2. You'll need to sign up for an account.
  3. Next, you can download the Google Music Manager to run on your Windows or Mac desktop. This handy little app can be set to upload all your non-DRM iTunes music. It may take a few (or several) hours to upload your collection, but once you've done that step, you can also set it to upload all future non-DRM MP3 and AAC files that end up in your iTunes library. That's important for future purchases. It means any songs you buy from Apple or download from Amazon or any other source are going to end up in your Google Music library without you having to think about it.

    Getting Your Google Music Back to iTunes

    You can use that same Google Music Manager on your desktop to download your music.

    1. Go to the preferences and pick Download.
    2. Choose the check mark next to "Only include songs since last download."
    3. Choose your iTunes music library for the download location.
    4. That means you'll download any new songs you purchase and make it a two-way street for syncing.

    Getting Your Music to Amazon Cloud Player

    Amazon can do the same thing with their Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, but it's a slightly more manual process.  

    1. You'll need to use Amazon's uploader app
    2. Use the uploader to upload your non-DRM iTunes files into Amazon's Cloud Player. Just point it to your iTunes library.

    Amazon currently limits uploads to 250 songs unless you subscribe to their service

    It doesn't take much effort to keep your music stored in all three places, but if you only use two services, you can skip whichever service you don't use. Use a generic folder instead of your iTunes library, for example, or use one service for the albums you listen to most frequently.