Two of the most impressive companies in the mobile industry have cloud based music services for computers and mobile devices. Google has its Google Music and Amazon has its cloud player.
Google Music will automatically upload your iTunes collection, music from your computer and your mobile device. It will even keep the playlists you’ve created in sync with your other programs. Google Music allows free storage for up to 20,000 songs which is about twenty times that of Amazons Cloud Player. You can tell the app on your phone which songs to keep cached locally and it automatically keeps a copy of recently played songs on your device so you don’t have to stream them again to play them. One great feature of Google Music is that it will allow you to take music that you haven’t purchased and place it in the cloud no matter how you get it.
Amazon Cloud Player does have a feature that you won’t find with Google Music, and that is the ability to purchase music to add to the cloud. Similar to Apple Amazon sells tracks for around one dollar each. Amazon Cloud will also give you 20 GB of free storage when you purchase a full album through its service for one year. You can get additional storage for $1 per GB per year if you need more than the 5 GB it offers for free.
Either way these services both blow Apples iCloud out of the water although neither currently offer an app on Apples App Store. Google does have a few advantages over Amazon making it the Cloud Music service of choice although those who purchase a lot of music from Amazon would be better suited for Amazons Cloud Player.