This is a comparison of online music storage services (Cloud Music Services), Internet services that allow uploads of personally owned or licensed music to the cloud for listening on multiple devices.
There were three large services--Amazon Music, Apple's iTunes Match, and Google Play Music--each incorporating an online music store (see comparison), with purchased songs from the associated music store not counting toward storage limits. Other than additional storage space, the main additional feature provided with an annual fee by Apple (and formerly Amazon.com) is "scan-and-match", which examines music files on a computer and adds a copy of matched tracks to the user's music locker without having to upload the files. Google provides both a large amount of storage space and the scan-and-match feature at no cost.
Amazon was the first of the currently significant players to launch their cloud music locker service in late March 2011 and the first to discontinue it on 30 April 2018. Amazon Music launched without obtaining any new music streaming licenses, which upset the major record labels. Google launched their service less than a month and a half later, also without obtaining any new licenses. Apple negotiated with the major record labels for a new license before launching their service six months after Google's. Amazon and Google eventually negotiated licenses before launching their scan-and-match features.
For streaming services where a person is unable to upload their own music, but is limited to music provided by the service, such as Pandora Radio and Spotify, see Comparison of on-demand streaming music services. See that article also for information on subscription streaming services provided by four of the companies below (Google Play Music All Access, Apple's Apple Music, Amazon's Prime Music, and Microsoft's Groove Music Pass).
Major differences between the services are Google offering scan-and-match and a large amount of storage as no-cost features, whereas others usually offer limited or no storage space for free and scan and match only with an annual fee. For users with extremely large libraries, Amazon offers the most storage space for a reasonable annual fee.
|Amazon Music Storage (discontinued)||iTunes Match||Google Play Music||VOX Music Cloud||Groove Music + OneDrive (discontinued)||Style Jukebox (discontinued)||iBroadcast|
|Owner:||Amazon.com, Inc.||Apple Inc.||Google Inc.||Coppertino Inc.||Microsoft Corp.||Digital Geek Ltd.||iBroadcast Media, LLC|
|Launch date:||2011-03-29||2011-10-12||2011-05-10 (beta)||2015-04-15||2015-03-18||2012-09-05|
|Windows Phone player:||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Other listening platforms:||Fire TV, Sonos,
Roku, Samsung TVs, Amazon Echo and Dot
|Apple TV, other AirPlay||Android TV, Apple TV, other AirPlay, Chromecast, Sonos||macOS, Apple TV via AirPlay, Chromecast, Sonos||Xbox One, Xbox 360||Via AirPlay, Qualcomm AllPlay,Chromecast|
|Free space:[a]||250 files||None||50,000 files||Unlimited Uploads & Playback (2 weeks trial period)||5 GB||10 GB 30 days trial||Unlimited|
|Upload software:||Windows, OS X||Windows, OS X||Windows, OS X, Linux, Web Upload||Web Upload, VOX Player for Mac||Windows, OS X, Web Upload,
Windows Phone, iOS, Android
|Windows, OS X, Web Upload and Automatic
Import from Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive
|Any Browser, Windows|
|Filetypes uploaded:||MP3 and AAC||MP3 and AAC||MP3||FLAC, MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, OGG, AIFF, WMA, APE, ALAC||MP3, AAC, WMA||MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, M4A, WAV, APE, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC||MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, PCM, MKA|
|Filetypes transcoded:||None||Transcoded to 256 kbit/s AAC:
ALAC, WAV, AIFF
|Transcoded to 320 kbit/s MP3:
AAC, ALAC, FLAC,[b]WMA,[c]Ogg
|None||None||None on upload|
|Maximum file size:||100 MB||200 MB or 2 hours||300 MB||No limit||10 GB||1 GB|
|Premium service name:||Cloud Player Premium||iTunes Match||None storage related||Loop Music Cloud Storage||Additional OneDrive storage||Style Jukebox Pro||Entirely Free (Premium Features TBA)|
|Premium service features:||Match/import up to 250,000 files||Match/import up to 100,000 files[d]||Matching included in basic features||Unlimited Storage and Playback||N/A||Upload 2 TB of music
24bit/192kHz High-Resolution Audio Playback
|Premium annual cost:||$24.99 (US), £21.99 (UK)||$24.99 (US), £21.99 (UK),
EUR24.99 (FR), $39.99 (AU)
|None||$15.99 (per month), $131.88 (per year)||N/A||$4.99 for 10 GB, $29.99 for 100 GB, $99.99 for 1 TB||TBA|
|Matchable file types:||MP3, AAC, AIFF, ALAC,
WAV, FLAC, Ogg, WMA
|MP3, AAC, AIFF, ALAC,
|MP3, AAC, ALAC, FLAC, Ogg, WMA||No matching feature||No matching feature||No matching feature||No matching feature|
|Result for matched song:||256 kbit/s VBR MP3||256 kbit/s AAC||320 kbit/s CBR MP3||No matching feature||No matching feature||No matching feature||No matching feature|
|Premium service countries:||US, UK, DE, FR||117||63||Worldwide||22||Worldwide||TBA|
The Amazon Music Storage subscription plans (free and paid) are being retired. Beginning January 15, 2018, no new subscriptions will be accepted.