When I got the opportunity to upgrade my Google Play account, I was pretty happy. One of the big benefits was the ability to store my music online for free.
I was excited about the prospect because I *love* The Cloud and it was another was for me to have my music backed up. Those of you who know me or have heard me lecture about chartless dentistry know that I'm almost crazy about my backup strategy and Google Play gave me another place to keep my music that I didn't have to worry about.
Once I installed the Google Play Music Manager on my Mac, the upload process began. It helped to have a speedy Internet connection, but in a reasonable amount of time my entire catalog was online. This meant it was all backed up as well as giving me the option to listen to my music from any device that has an Internet connection. Convenience and reliability all in one.
Now, to do justice to Amazon and their Cloud storage and Cloud Drive, they have offered me pretty much the same thing up to this point in the story. As an Amazon Prime subscriber, I have unlimited Cloud storage for my music and also access to it anywhere over the Net. Both offerings work and work very well.
However, at this point, Google has gone one better by offering automatic uploads of new music. An example: this weekend Amazon offered some albums on a special sale of $5 each. This allowed me to grab the Go-Go's "Beauty and the Beat" for a crisp 5 spot and I jumped on the opportunity. I bought the album, stored it on my Amazon Cloud Drive and then also downloaded the MP3 album to my Mac. As soon as the files were on the laptop, the Google Music Manager sensed their presence and began to upload them to my Google Play storage. With no intervention on my part (in fact I didn't even think of it) the album was sitting on Google's servers. Sweet!
With Amazon, if I buy music anywhere else, I then have to run the Amazon Uploader program which will do the upload for me, but i have to think of running it. Not a big deal, but not as easy as Google.
Conclusion? I'm loving Google Play. One more backup of my tunes and one more reason to love the Google integration! If you're not currently using Amazon or Google for music storage, you really need to look at one (or both). I think you'll be happy you did.