The 3 Best Free Online Music Storage Services

Back up and store your music files online for free

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Backing up your music collection online is a great idea for many reasons, like to avoid losing your music to a hard drive failure or virus infection, or to get more space for your growing collection.

While it's not a requirement to keep your music online, since you can ​transfer your music library to a different location like an external hard drive, an online backup website lets you add another layer of protection for redundancy.

The websites below let you store your MP3s and other music online for free, and two even support other file types like videos and documents. However, all three have their own unique features that make them perfect for your music storage needs.

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There are plenty of other free ways to store your files online, like through one of these free cloud storage sites or through a free online backup service. The websites below, however, were handpicked for their usability and capacity when it comes to storing music specifically.

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pCloud

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pCloud is one of the best places to upload your music collection because of its music playback features, sharing capabilities, and reasonable free storage of up to 20 GB.

Above all, pCloud exceeds in its playback ability. It will automatically find and sort your music files into an "Audio" section and seperate your files by song, artist, album, and even any playlists you make.

What's more is that you can add music to a queue and use the built-in controls to play your music straight through your account without having to download them back to your computer.

Here are some more notable features:

  • You can upload entire folders of music at once, making it super easy to back up big chunks of your collection online.
  • The sharing options allow you to share whole folders of music as well as specific music files, with anyone, and they can listen and download the songs without even needing a pCloud account.
  • If you ever need to download your whole music collection, you can do so through the desktop app or via a ZIP archive from a web browser.
  • The pCloud mobile app lets you access your music collection on the go from anywhere.
  • Deleted files stay in your account for up to 15 days.

Free storage: 10-20 GB

When you first sign up for pCloud, you'll get 10 GB of free space for all file types, including music. If you verify your email and complete some other basic tasks, you can get up to 20 GB total for free.

pCloud has free apps here for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and other devices.

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Google Play Music

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Google has a free music service with a companion app that lets you stream your own music files from anywhere, and it works through your Google account after you upload your music collection.

We've added Google Play Music to this short list because unlike the other services here that limit the space you're allowed to use for music, Google puts a limit on the number of songs you can upload, and it's rather large at 50,000.

This means you can upload your whole music collection online and then stream the files from your computer or through the mobile app, and even cast your music to your Chromecast at home.

These are some more features we like:

  • Your music is automatically cataloged into playlists you've made, artists, albums, and genres
  • Your recently added music files are easily accessible apart from the rest of your collection.
  • Desktop notifications can be enabled so that you'll get an alert when a new song comes on during playback.
  • mini player can be installed in Chrome to play music without needing to have the Google Play Music page open. 
  • Deleted music will stay in your account for 60 days before being automatically permanently deleted.
  • Songs you give a "thumbs up" to will tell Google Play Music to play more songs like that from your library.
  • Podcasts are freely available for you to subscribe to.
  • Google sometimes gives away free music (here) you can add to your collection.
  • Radio stations can be streamed for free based on your mood or favorite music.

Free storage: 50,000 music files

There's a Windows/Mac program called Music Manager that lets you upload files to your account if you don't want to upload music through the browser.

A free app is available on Android and iOS devices so that you can stream your music from your phone.

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MEGA

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Unliked pCloud and Google Play Music, MEGA does not have the advanced playback features available in its app or through its website, but it does let you store a whopping 50 GB of music for free.

MEGA is also a great place to store your files if you're concerned that someone may hack into your account - this entire file storage service is built around privacy and security.

Here are some features you might like:

  • You can share links to whole folders as well as particular music files. Recipients do not need to have a MEGA account to download your files, but if they have one, they can easily transfer the music to their own account without needing to download them.
  • Whole folders can be uploaded at once, and you can even put a bandwidth cap on uploads (called bandwidth control) to prevent network problems during uploads.
  • Older versions of your files are stored in your account in case you need to revert any file back to a previous version, like if you made a change to one file that you want to undo. 
  • You can stream music from your account whenever you like using the free mobile app (but not via the website).
  • All the music you upload to MEGA can be downloaded again individually or all at once through an archive file.

Free storage: 50 GB

Free MEGA apps are available for iOS and Android mobile devices; Windows, macOS, and Linux computers; and other platforms.

MEGA has an advanced option to share your music online with or without the decryption key.

For example, you can share a music file or folder with the decryption key so that anyone with the link can get the music, or you can choose to not include the key so that the share acts like a password protected file where the recipient must know the decryption key in order to download the file (which you can give them at any time).

This makes sharing really secure on MEGA, something you might like if you're concerned with someone stealing your music.