Hi Lifehacker, I’m a Spotify premium user but I’m starting to think that I might stop my subscription since I keep listening to the same music I already own. Do you know how I can upload my music (about 80GB) to Google Drive and access it from my phone or desktop? Thanks, Shania Twain
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Accessing your music library via Google Drive is easy enough to do. The first step is to boost your Google Drive storage allowance from the standard 15GB. Adding 100GB will set you back $1.99 per month which works out to under $25 a year. Once that’s done, rip/copy your music into your newly bolstered Dropbox account. (It’s obviously better to do this via desktop or WiFi to avoid mobile data costs.)
All you need now is a mobile music player that is capable of accessing Google Drive files. One of the most popular options is Beat (not to be confused with Dr. Dre’s headphone company). This is an Android app that can stream music from a range of cloud storage services including SkyDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox. Naturally, it can also stream any music stored locally on your phone.
The best thing about Beat is probably the user interface: it boasts floating, slide-out controls that allow you to pause, play and select tracks without leaving the app you’re in. It also comes with an in-built software equaliser with a selection of presets and manual controls. You can customise your playlists from inside the app or simply set it to shuffle.
You can download Beat For Android free from Google Play. Once installed, simply set a root path to where your tunes are stored.
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