Ah, Google Play Music... How I miss you!
- Upload and store thousands of my own MP3 music files (many pulled from my own CDs) in the cloud.
- Search for and purchase new music as MP3 files.
- Stream music to my Android tablet and phone.
- Save and play my custom playlists offline.
- Cast music to any combination of my eight Google Home speakers.
- Stream music from my phone to my Android Auto screen and control playback hands-free while driving.
My New Cloud Storage & Streaming System
- CloudPlayer Platinum app: $7.99 one-time purchase
- 15 GB Google Drive cloud storage account: Free
- 5 GB Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage account: Free
- 2 GB Dropbox cloud storage account: Free
- [for buying new music] Mp3Caprice.com account: $0.12 - 0.22 (Yes, that's 12 - 22 cents!!) per MP3 song, one-time purchase fee
(NOTE: If I had a TON of my own music and needed more than 22 GB I could buy 100 GB of storage for just $20/year from Google Drive. But, for now at least, I have plenty of cloud capacity so I'm going to stick with my free 22 GB storage strategy.)
So how can you set up your own service like this? It's easy! Below are the steps.
How to Build Your Own 22GB Cloud Streaming Service for One-Time Fee of $7.99
Step 1: Locate all of your MP3 music files.
Step 2: Sign up for one or more free cloud storage accounts.
If you already have a partially full Dropbox account and you want to get a full 2 GB of free storage for your music, you should set up a new Dropbox account using a new email address. Simply download the app and follow the instructions.
Step 3: Upload your music to your free cloud storage accounts.
Step 4: Install CloudPlayer Platinum on one of your devices.
Step 5: Link your cloud storage accounts and set up your unique user preferences.
Some Key Screens within the CloudPlayer app
The Playlists Screen
As shown in the example above, the song player screen is clean and efficient, providing lots of control over the song that is currently playing. In the bottom row (left to right) you'll find the familiar "share" symbol, followed by the "favorite" (heart) symbol, the equalizer controls and the Cast button. Above these are the repeat, shuffle, and other playback controls, as well as any album art that was stored with the song. The top left symbol (stack/music note) takes you to a list of what songs are "up next," while the series of dots at the top right produces loads of choices as shown in the next screen sample.
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