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As my Google Drive’s free storage reached its maximum capacity, I knew it was time to upgrade. Before making the move though, I was determined to find the best cloud storage for music production. As it turns out, there wasn’t much information out there on the subject, so I decided to provide my own personal experience based on trial and error.

Dropbox, Google Drive and Apple iCloud are some of the most popular cloud storage services on the market. Although they may share similarities, you’d be surprised to find out that some of these aren’t necessarily optimized for music producers. However, it all comes down to personal preference. I’m simply going to be running you down each service and presenting its potential advantages and disadvantages.

Splice Studio for music producers

I only recently found out about splice.com and their revolutionary service. Rent-to-own plug-ins, royalty-free samples and FREE unlimited cloud storage for your projects are just a few perks for members of Splice.

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Compared to every other cloud storage service on the market, this one best serves music producers.

However, it’s currently only compatible with Logic Pro X, Garageband, Ableton Live and FL Studio. It’s understood that this is a major caveat for music producers using other DAWs.

Specs and useful features

  • Unlimited FREE storage for project files, sounds & presets
  • Collaboration is integrated into Splice’s cloud storage platform
  • Optional monthly subscription for royalty-free samples, loops & presets
  • Designed to increase your workflow and productivity
  • Ability to merge your STEMS and audio mixdown to each project file
  • Keeps a record of EVERY version that gets synchronized
  • Includes a desktop client

User impressions

It’s really difficult to compete with the service Splice is offering. Most music producers view it as the “all-in-one-solution” for everything music-related.

Splice’s only disadvantage is its incompatibility with certain DAWs (Cubase, Reason, Pro Tools, etc…). However, it’s always a possibility that more DAWs are added to the roster in the future!

One of the main things I don’t like about the platform though it the desktop client. It’s not regularly updated and seriously needs some work.

Bottom-line

You’re really getting what you’re paying for with Splice Studio (you’re not paying for anything, remember that). That means that there’s not much accountability if something goes wrong…

I personally still have it on-hand since I have nothing to lose, but I’d never rely on it 100% for my backups.

Splice Studio is perfect for the casual music producer and/or hobbyist.

Dropbox for music producers

I’ve been personally using Dropbox for the last year or so and it’s fulfilled most of my needs as a professional music producer. It allows me to easily deliver projects/assets to clients and keep my own files secure and ready to access wherever I go.

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It’s one of the most trusted/used cloud storage services on the market, but is it necessarily the best?

The pricing may seem higher than most of the other services we’ll be talking about, but I assure you that it’s completely worth it if you’re serious about your career.

Specs and useful features

  • 2 GB of free storage per Dropbox account
  • Most affordable plan starting at 2 TB
  • Sharing files using links is easy and effective
  • The user interface is elegant and easy to use
  • Transfer files using Dropbox Transfer (up to 2 GB)
  • File recovery and version history (30-days)
  • Includes an easy to use desktop client

User impressions

I’m not surprised that most industry professionals choose to go with Dropbox. It’s got useful features that most other cloud storage services don’t like the ability to recover files and to keep version history.

The only negative about Dropbox is the lack of flexibility in terms of pricing. It’s difficult for younger music producers to invest in more storage than they currently need. However, the quality of the service completely justifies the price.

That being said, an equivalent storage plan with Google Drive costs the same, but doesn’t provide any additional benefits.

Bottom-line

Dropbox is currently the industry standard for professionals. It takes all the necessary precautions against the possibility of having corrupted files. If external HDDs aren’t your thing, then this will surely take a load off your shoulders.

However, I don’t think Dropbox is the best solution for everybody. You’ll really need to ask yourself whether or not you’ll be needing all these extra features and 2 TB of storage. It’ll also depend on which type of storage you intend on prioritizing (physical/virtual).

It’s also worth mentioning that Dropbox doesn’t automatically backup your entire hard drive (just certain folders).

Google Drive for music producers

I’ve been using Google Drive for EVERYTHING since it became operational in 2012. Right from the start, Google proved itself to be quite generous by providing 15 GB of free storage for all its users.

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In retrospect, Dropbox provides a mere 2 GB for free and 5 GB with Apple’s iCloud.

That being said, most music producers would obviously need to upgrade at some point or another. Freebies are great, but we need to look a little deeper if we want to find out what’s best for our particular needs.

Specs and useful features

  • 15 GB of free storage per Google account
  • Most affordable plan starting at 100 GB
  • Sharing files using links is easy and effective
  • The user interface is elegant and easy to use
  • Synchronized with all of Google’s Suite’s applications
  • Includes an easy to use desktop client

User impressions

Most of us already have a Google account, so why waste 15 GB of free storage? However, it seems that most music producers are switching to Dropbox for the long run.

Although I’ve experienced issues with Google Drive (like corrupted documents), it’s still reliable 99.9% of the time. The only disadvantage is the fact that it doesn’t keep version history (at least not yet).

The main reason music producers choose Google Drive is because of its affordability and simplicity.

Bottom-line

Google Drive is what I’ve been using (and continue to use to this day). I was hesitant at first, but test-driving Apple’s iCloud for a day resolved any doubts I was having (more on this later). Don’t get me wrong, Google Drive isn’t perfect, but nothing really is.

I’ve used it with Logic Pro X for quite some time without issues, but I’m not using it for anything important anymore. Google Drive is great for basic files, but I’d rather have something specialized for my projects.

Apple iCloud for music producers

If you haven’t read my content in the past, then you need to know that I have mixed feelings about Apple. When it comes to music production, I prefer Apple computers and THAT’S THAT. I simply think the operating system and hardware (Thunderbolt mostly) are optimal for music/video production.

Apple iCloud

That being said, I have NEVER been more disappointed with a product than iCloud.

It’s almost as if Apple has completely given up on its cloud storage service. It’s completely outdated when we compare to other services. It baffles me that it’s still one of the most popular products out there. I don’t recommend it to music producers (or to anyone really).

Specs and useful features

  • 5 GB of free storage per Apple account
  • Most affordable plan starting at 50 GB
  • Automatically backup documents/downloads folder
  • Synchronized data throughout all your Apple devices
  • Integrated into MacOS and iOS

User impressions

When I was researching the best cloud storage for music producers, I was hearing mostly negative things about Apple iCloud. Most users were dissatisfied with the ability to collaborate on projects.

It almost seems as if Apple refuses to acknowledge its clientele’s needs, so I was quick to ask for a refund. The inability to automatically backup any given file/folder was unbelievable, especially considering its integration with MacOS.

Most would assume that it works in harmony with Apple’s proprietary software such as Logic Pro X, but that’s NOT the case.

Bottom-line

Whether you’re using Windows and/or MacOS, I highly recommend staying away from iCloud. It’s simply not up to par with its competitors. Take advantage of the included 5 GB of storage to backup your contacts, settings, etc… But it’s not worth the upgrade.

If Apple decides to get their act together one of these days, I may provide a revision. However, I encourage you to look into Dropbox for your cloud storage needs.

Is cloud storage enough for music production?

The answer to this question will vary from individual to individual, but I personally believe that IT’S NOT. I frequently backup all of my projects using two external HDDs, not just ONE

For me, cloud storage would be useful only and IF my house/apartment ever burned down. 

Of course, there are other scenarios, but you get the idea… But what are the odds that your computer’s HDD and both your external HDDs stop working? Not very high. This is why I prioritize physical storage mediums.

Even if you were certain that your cloud storage service was 100% reliable, I still wouldn’t risk it. I think having BOTH is essential.

It’s comforting to have your work automatically being backed up to the cloud, but regularly backing up to your external HDDs is a good habit to develop. Maybe once per week? That way, if you ever need to pull back an older version of your project, you may still have it (happened to me recently)!

I hope you’ve found this guide useful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment!

10 Responses

  1. Isn’t Google Drive cheaper than DropBox? Plus it offers more size options, if you don’t need 2TB yet. I wish DropBox offered some such intermediate options at lower price.

    Google Drive:
    100GB: $1.99/month
    200GB: $2.99/month
    2TB: $9.99/month

    With DropBox, you either have the free plan or have to jump right up to:
    2TB: $11.99/month

    1. Hello Adiemus!

      You’re right, Google Drive is much more affordable. I used to use it, but not anymore (I had the 100GB plan).

      If you’re just getting started, Google Drive is more than suitable. However, there will most likely come a point when you’ll need more storage…

      Once that happens, I think Dropbox is your best bet. All the clients I work with use it and when it comes to business, it’s all about creating the illusion that you’re bigger than you are. I know that sounds superficial, but you won’t be taken seriously if you’re still using Google Drive to deliver your projects. I also wouldn’t trust Google Drive to keep my intellectual property safe.

      Dropbox is much more sophisticated, but even then, some professionals aren’t even satisfied with that.

      I personally use:

      – Dropbox as my main cloud storage
      – Splice Studio as my backup cloud storage (it’s free, but not 100% reliable IMO)
      – 2 external hard drives for physical backup

      I think if you do something similar and work with Google Drive instead of Dropbox, you’ll be fine!

      I hope I was able to provide you with some direction. If you need anything else, don’t hesitate to contact me.

      Thanks, take care!

      – Stefan

  2. Thank you for sharing these cloud storage for music production. Cloud storage is necessary to keep our files safe and secured so we can have access to them whenever we need to. I am familiar with Google drive and drop box but I see only Google drive. Well, after reading through these cloud storages for music production, it is obvious that Splice beats all of the others arms down. Good to know that the cloud storage is also free plus we can even use more amazing features for little fee. This will only make music production excellent. Glad to know it supports FL Studio.

    1. Hey MrBiizy!

      I certainly feel safe using Splice’s cloud storage service. It’s really the ability to keep EVERY version of your projects that makes it the most reliable in my opinion. Also, it’s designed specifically for music producers.

      I still use Google Drive for my audio files, stems and alt-mixes though. If you ever decide to give their paid service a try, let me know what you think!

      Thanks for writing.

      – Stefan

  3. Hi,
    Hello and thanks for allowing me to view your post, you seem to have some great information relating to storage for music. I didn’t know the space used when storing music, it seems like it can be as much as storing movies to store it.

    Do you store your music for personal use or can the music be used for YouTube, business and other things once stored.

    Best Regards

    Audrey

    1. Hey Audrey!

      The files used to create music can be quite large, but probably not as large as movies. However, music producers usually accumulate rather large catalogues throughout their life, so storage can become an issue.

      I usually store all my music (project files, audio, etc…) because they’re considered assets. Like owning something valuable, I want to make sure these assets are safe. I also make multiple copies and save them on external HDDs.

      With that out of the way, I can use my files whenever and WHEREVER I need them. YouTube, business, music libraries, opportunities, etc…

      I hope that answers your questions!

      – Stefan

  4. Hello Stefan, Your guide is awesome on best cloud storage for music production. I am using google drive for my all data. Earlier I am using drop box. Your step by step guide is very helpful to know about each best storage drives. Nice to know that your use HDD to backup. It is really very awesome for me. I am planning to buy one external HDD to keep my data safe. Very helpful guide.

    1. Hey Parveen!

      Before finding out about Splice, I was using Google Drive as well. I still use it, but only for my audio files (stems, alt-mixes, etc…).

      I still believe having an external HDD is essential. I actually prefer having copies on at least TWO drives (my computer’s HDD and an external HDD). Cloud storage is simply an extra layer of protection and allows me to backup my files whenever/wherever I have access to the internet.

      Glad you found the guide useful, thanks for writing!

      – Stefan

  5. I never nursed the idea of getting a cloud storage that caters specifically to music producers. That’d probably be the reason I’ve never come across slice. I have to say, the idea is sound and welcomed. I use fruity loops so apparently I shouldn’t have any problems with compatibility. Thanks 

    1. Hey Leo!

      I think the most important feature of cloud storage, especially for music producers, is the ability to keep version history. For professional music producers, project files are valuable assets, so we need to make sure our cloud storage service provider understands that.

      That being said, Splice is like a dream come true. It works in harmony with your compatible project files. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean. It’s completely free and unlimited (seems too good to be true, I know)!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      – Stefan

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