Keep MP3 Songs in Amazon Cloud, iCloud, and Google Play Music

You don't need to choose just one

If you have iOS devices, an Android device, a Kindle Fire, or download music from a variety of music sources, you may have problems finding a music service that works with all of them. The best solution is to duplicate your collection in iCloud and Google Play Music. Both offer some free storage, and if one source fills up, you have a backup ready.

Transfer MP3s to Apple iCloud

iCloud works with Mac desktop and laptop computers, Windows PCs, iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. You need to sign up for a free Apple ID if you don't already have one. The account includes 5 GB of cloud storage. If that's not enough, you can purchase more for a small fee.

Here's how to turn on the iCloud Music Library on various devices:

  • Mobile: Go to Settings > Music.
  • PC: Open iTunes, then select Edit > Preferences > iCloud Music Library.
  • Mac: Select iTunes > Preferences > iCloud Music Library.

After your songs upload, you can access them in your library using iCloud on your Mac, PC, or iOS device. Any changes made to the iCloud Music Library on one device syncs to all your devices.

Apple and other companies stopped selling music with DRM restrictions years ago, but you may still have some early DRM-restricted purchases in your collection. You can't move songs with DRM to other cloud players, but there are ways around that problem. If you use Mac OSX or an iOS device, take advantage of iCloud to transfer all your non-DRM music.

Transfer MP3s to Google Play Music

You can upload up to 50,000 songs from your computer to Google Play Music for free. If your music is stored on iTunes, Google will help you transfer it over. You'll have to sign up for a free Google account if you don't already have one. Then, download the Google Music Manager desktop app. Once it's installed, here's how to upload your tunes.

  1. Open Music Manager from your Applications folder on a Mac or from the Start menu on a Windows computer.

  2. Select Upload Songs to Google Play, then select Next.

    Upload songs to Google Play window with the Next button highlighted
  3. Choose where to upload your songs from. If you want to import your iTunes library, for example, choose iTunes. Then, select Next.

    Music location in Music Manager with the Next button highlighted
  4. Choose either Upload all songs and playlists or Upload select songs. Then, select Next.

    Upload selection in Music Manager with the Next button highlighted
  5. Once your music is uploaded, you can stream it across multiple devices as long as they support the Google Music app.

Google Music Manager may take a few hours to upload your collection, depending on its size. But, once it's done, you can set it to upload all future non-DRM MP3 and AAC files that are added to your iTunes library. That means any songs you buy from Apple, Amazon, or another source will end up in your Google Play Music library automatically.

You can also use the Google Music Manager desktop app to download music for offline play.

Transfer MP3s to Amazon Music

Amazon used to offer cloud storage subscriptions, but discontinued the service in April 2018. The change mainly affected imported music from places like iTunes. Any songs purchased directly from Amazon are still stored for playback and downloading but no longer exist in the Cloud Player.