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Top 3 Free Cloud Music Sites For Your Droid

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Not long ago, I scoured the web for tips concerning the best free sites/services to upload my music in order to stream on my Android phone. Personally, I didn't find a lot of great resources for this advice so I decided to devote a blog post to it. Please leave a comment if you found this post at all helpful and/or if you have any cloud storage suggestions.

So without further adieu... in my experience, here are the Top 3 Free Cloud Music Sites for use with your Android phone:

3. MP3tunes

The Upside: MP3tunes gives you 2 GB of free space. Actually, the best thing about MP3tunes is that they'll give you the most space to play with. When I signed up, they started me with 2 GB and at some point upgraded me 10 GB. I don't know if every new user will get this perk, but 2 GB is about the maximum amount of free space you'll currently find out there.

The Downside: In my experience, the Droid app is riddled with problems. For starters, some of the albums simply won't display in Album mode. The album is listed, but he songs won't appear. The only way to find those songs is in Song mode. Another flaw is if you have songs with the same name. Maybe you have a studio, live and demo versions of the same song -- or if another artist has a song with the same name -- the app will sometimes not play the correct song. There are other problems, but that's just a couple of the bigger issues that I've experienced.

Overall: MP3tunes has potential -- especially since they are pretty generous with free space, but the web and app experience can be buggy. It's definitely worth signing up for, but its flaws may make it more frustrating than fun.

2. Mougg

The Upside: Mougg offers 1 GB of free storage. From my experience, Mougg is the easist to use as it takes a fairly bare-bones approach to the music storage process. In terms of uploading, it is the easiest and most hassle-free process that I've dealt with. On your app, you can either view your music by Songs or Artist. You can also create playlists on the Mougg website in which you can then play on your Droid app.

The Downside: Mougg is indeed pretty bare-bones -- actually, it's currently a bit TOO bare-bones. Mougg doesn't care about song order. It completely ignores the song numbering information saved in your MP3 files. In the main folder, it orders the songs the way you uploaded them. Under Artist view, it simply orders them alphabetically. Here is where creating custom playlists could be a helpful workaround for listening to songs in album order, but unfortunately, this is Mougg's biggest flaw: you cannot custom order your songs in a playlist.

Useful Tip: Because Mougg gives you absolutely no control over the ordering of your songs, you won't be able to listen to your songs in album order unless you upload the songs in backwards order. When using Windows, click Browse to find the folder with your MP3s. When in folder mode, make sure you sort the songs by song number so that they are in numerical order. Then when you highlight the entire group of songs, make sure that the first song to be uploaded is the last song on the album and that the entire album uploads in backwards order (i.e. 10, 9, 8.... 3, 2, 1). When they are all uploaded, they will display on the main screen in the proper chronological order. Now when you create a playlist and you pull over each song into it, they will remain ordered in the proper album order (i.e. 1, 2, 3, etc.).

Overall: It's worth claiming your free 1 GB of space. For me, it's been the site where I store all the additonal albums that I was unable to fit onto...

1. mSpot

The Upside: mSpot gives you 2 GB of free space. The great thing about mSpot is that it not only gives you 2 GB of space, but depending on what quality you want your songs to play at, it may convert the files to a lower bitrate than your MP3s were ripped at giving you even more space for music. I currently have almost 90 albums and over 1000 songs consuming 1.98 GB of space at the medium quality option. It's sure nice to have all that music available to stream saving me 2 GB (or more) of space that I now don't have to store on the internal memory of my phone.

The Downside: There honestly aren't a lot of downsides. The uploading process is probably my main gripe if I have one. For some unknown reason, it can develop issues with certain songs and will feel the need to re-upload them again and again with each computer restart. In one instance, I just decided to just re-rip one problematic song and doing so seemed to satisfy mSpot. There are some other little annoyances, but overall, not enough to make a stink over. Also, mSpot's customer service is actually pretty responsive should you run into any issues.

Overall: I use mSpot more than the other two cloud music services combined. It's really pure awesome overall. If you are looking for just one cloud music service to use with your Android phone, download the mSpot app and get started!


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