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I haver plenty of vinyl, and far more music uploaded to Google music. With YT Music taking over soon, I'm not happy with the offering. 

 

My general plan is to get a DAP and rotate music on it. I'm just wondering if there is another cloud upload solution similar to Google Music, or if I need to use Google Drive maybe? Or do I need to go down the route of multiple hdds and backups in the home... 

 

My main objective is to not subscribe for a music service to listen to my own files. 

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Why not just use a NAS, or am I missing something? Although I never use it as such, my NAS is a WDMyCloud which, if I read it properly, I could access on a portable device (phone, I suppose) when I am out and about. Or I could be wrong. One can only understand so much technology before the brain glazes over.

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@JukKluk2

I'd rather not invest in NAS hardware and redundant backup drives and the time to maintain them, when I can use a cloud based service instead.

 

I guess I was hoping there was another google music service that allows me to upload my own music files, organises them and does album covers etc and is free. Damn, google music was good. 

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1 minute ago, MTsoul said:

@JukKluk2

I'd rather not invest in NAS hardware and redundant backup drives and the time to maintain them, when I can use a cloud based service instead.

 

I guess I was hoping there was another google music service that allows me to upload my own music files, organises them and does album covers etc and is free. Damn, google music was good. 

Have to admit that I wasn't even aware that Google Music operated that way. I assumed that it was just another streaming service in competition with Spotify, Tidal and the like. Was it a lack of sufficient paying customers did it in?

 

Surely an investment into a NAS would make better sense, though? How many times would you want to upload your entire music library, only to have to do it all over again, because your platform of choice disappears into the vast bulk of thin air that makes up a cloud?

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14 hours ago, JukKluk2 said:

How many times would you want to upload your entire music library

That's kind of why I'm against the NAS. Maintaining a Raid configuration to prevent data loss when hard drives fail, and backing it up to the cloud is too much time and effort for me. 

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iTunes Match if it's still around.

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@Cardiiiii True, I hadn't considered it because I hate Apple. Might have to take another look

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On 10/06/2020 at 10:28 AM, MTsoul said:

My main objective is to not subscribe for a music service to listen to my own files. 

Forgive me if I'm wrong here, but I don't believe anything has changed in the transition from GPM to YouTube music regarding free account uploads. You can still upload 100,000 songs for free on YouTube music and still upload FLACs, as far as their website leads me to believe. I know for a fact you can listen to your uploads with a free account, I'm doing it currently.

 

Unless your issue lies with the new UI?

 

Source: https://support.google.com/youtubemusic/answer/9716522

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You can also transfer your Google Music Library to YTM in the settings :)

 

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@ollie_08

That would be helpful if the services were comparable or if YTM even remotely fit my requirements. 

 

As it is, I'm planning to go off line and run an m2 stick with NAS backup to move my library around and add to it. 

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Interesting issue you have here. No idea if it would work, but something like Plex Media Server? Could you upload your content, then play it anywhere you like off the cloud?

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On 10/07/2020 at 2:15 PM, Jovan.s1987 said:

Interesting issue you have here. No idea if it would work, but something like Plex Media Server? Could you upload your content, then play it anywhere you like off the cloud?

My understanding is that none of the current cloud offerings (that I have seen) will let you play/stream while the files are remote.  

 

i am sure someone could offer this.  It would be like a virtual NAS.

 

 

 

 

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Have a watch of this video from John, may be the solution - 

 

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I wasnt aware of how good Google Music was until it was gone. I had no idea you could upload your own library and it would catalogue everything etc.

 

Im going to try with YTM for a bit and see how it works.

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On 11/07/2020 at 8:40 PM, Demondes said:

My understanding is that none of the current cloud offerings (that I have seen) will let you play/stream while the files are remote.  

 

i am sure someone could offer this.  It would be like a virtual NAS.

 

Plex does allow remote access to your own music, image and video files.  It also has one of the best user interfaces available.

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3 hours ago, DJGopal said:

Plex does allow remote access to your own music, image and video files.  It also has one of the best user interfaces available.

Does it allow remote access to Google Drive and One drive etc?  Or is that because the files have a sync to a local drive.

 

I have used plex previously with my Synology NAS but never with a cloud based drive.  I know you could use Plex to play files outside your network (outside the router) but that was always played via the NAS or PC

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Ive used Bubble UpNp with mixed results. It lets you access cloud data through the app, but doesnt fix up the metadata.

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17 hours ago, Demondes said:

Does it allow remote access to Google Drive and One drive etc?  Or is that because the files have a sync to a local drive.

 

I have used plex previously with my Synology NAS but never with a cloud based drive.  I know you could use Plex to play files outside your network (outside the router) but that was always played via the NAS or PC

It allows access to any drives that your PC can see and that Plex can scan.  I haven't tried it with Google Drive or One Drive, but if that drive shows as a standard directory on your hard drive I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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