What app(s)/method(s) should I use for syncing music across many devices (windows and androids)?

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  1. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    I want to thank anyone who answers this in advance. I am usually pretty good at figuring this stuff out but at this point my head is spinning.

    I just bought and Asus 300 tablet for house use. I mainly bought this for our 4 year old for learning apps and entertainment. I then realized that I have her music on a bunch of other devices so I figured that now would be a good time to get everything synced up with one another. I am mainly concerned about the music aspect of syncing and if an app(s)/method(s) included other things like pictures and videos I would not be opposed. The main devices I want to sync are as follows:

    2 galaxy s3

  2. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    Look into Dropbox. You can do almost anything with it. FolderSync also for your phones and tablet.
  3. woodsb123

    woodsb123 Well-Known Member

    Have you checked out Google Play Music. It works on all android devices and windows computers. It holds up to 20,000 songs and it's absolutely 100% free. It's also automated. As long as you use the same google account to access the info on all of these devices, you will immediately have access to all of your music instantly. Once setup properly, every time you add/delete music from the google play music application on your windows pc, these changes will automatically show up on your devices without you needing to do anything else. Lastly, your music is available using any web browser with internet access. This type of setup works for all google systems/apps, including documents, pictures, videos. Hope this helps.
  4. gtbarry

    gtbarry Well-Known Member

  5. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    I would also like syncing of playlists, I can't believe I forgot to mention that. It would be great to have the ability to have a playlist in a play list or something like that.


    Mia's music playlist"s"
    ...Mia's sleep music playlist
    ......song 1
    ......song 2 etc.
    ...Mia's fun music playlist
    ......song 1
    ......song 2 etc
  6. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    Will dropbox track playlists?
  7. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    Dropbox will sync any file - music, photo, video, text, etc.
  8. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    It seems like Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music mirror each other besides the limits correct or?
  9. ipersian

    ipersian Well-Known Member

    Dropbox offers 2 gb for free which is expandable up to 16gb, 500mb per referral, but a new promising sync cloud has emerged named jottacloud which offers 5gb at first and 5 gb per referral for up to 100 gb. If your musics are more than the dropbox capacity, jottacloud remains a better sollution. The android program specifically syncs media and other mobile related stuff. If you like pm me and I will send you my referrals for jottacloud. It seems that there is no limitation per file too, as I easily uploaded a 4 gb movie. But I noticed that you have s3 I think you can get 50gb for 2 years from drop box and that would be a good but temporary solution :)
  10. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    Someone mentioned Winamp (have not used it for like 10 years lol). I downloaded bother the Android app ( very simple looking) and the desktop version but it seems that I am not the only one having problems syncing it via wifi, a ton of people are! Ok, delete that last sentence. I stopped writing this so see if it was working and it was.

    So how similar is double twist to what Winamp does?
  11. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    They are starting to become more of an option but where in an app does it give you the choice to say to dropbox?
  12. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    For mobile devices using FolderSync with Dropbox will let you choose any file(s) or folder(s) to sync and set syncing rules and schedules. Some apps have integration with Dropbox built-in, but not all.

    There's many apps available for Dropbox for mobile devices and desktops that make it by far the most capable, configurable of all cloud storage services.
  13. DaveSyd

    DaveSyd Well-Known Member

    Not sure why the focus on Dropbox... Try iSyncr will sync itunes library, playlists, ratings, play count, etc from android back to PC. Then you'd have one installed on each device going back to the same itunes library on the desktop. This is designed for music and works well. I still have SugarSync which is similar to Dropbox, but using an app designed for a purpose like iSyncr always works better.
  14. arej00dazed

    arej00dazed Active Member

    what exactly does syncing music do? I have my own android with X many songs on it. My wife has one with Y many songs on it. My kids will have their own soon. And I have an external drive connected to my router with XYZ+AA+AB amount of songs on it scattered over various folders. What exactly will music syncing do in this case? I've never done it, so I just don't fully understand how it works.
  15. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    Because the OP said he also wanted to be able to sync other files like pics, videos, etc.
  16. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    Yes I have the 50GB. I think I need to google "dropbox music" etc. to find out what this would look like. I always thought of dropbox as "catch all" random file and picture service.
  17. dvhttn

    dvhttn Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't get that either. Basically all your (the OP) music is at home on PCs and phones/tablets so the first thing I would do is ensure that you have all of it in one place. Then you can think about syncing it to other devices. No need to use the "cloud", just copy it (copy and paste would be the simplest) directly to each device. I just use Microsoft's Synctoy to sync music on my PC to my phone (though a 'sync' in this case is just a copy of my PC folder(s) to the phone).

  18. dylane

    dylane Well-Known Member

    Syncing would allow you to have all of it on every device (assuming you have enough storage on your phone of course). Alternatively, you would be able to sync individual folders to individual devices if you didn't want everything on every device. The nice thing about this is you can buy an album from your computer, and then have it automatically show up on every other device you own.

    I'll be looking for a syncing solution for Android also. I used to use Rsync to sync my tablet and NAS, which was a pain to get setup, but worked pretty well after I got it working. I had to reflash a few months back though, and haven't bothered to try and figure out how to get it setup again though.
  19. arej00dazed

    arej00dazed Active Member

    Ahh, so it'll auto d/l the mp3/whatever to my phone/whatever. Hmmm, no, my phone won't hold all my music. I doubt any phone would unless it has well over 100gb.
  20. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    but will it pair up a folder of playlists (if allowed) with a desktop program?
  21. dylane

    dylane Well-Known Member

    Which is why I won't buy a phone without expandable storage. My 3 year old phone has 32GB + 64GB. I'm having to take a bit of a temporary step down in storage when my Note 2 comes, since it will only have 16GB of internal storage. But I have a relatively small collection at around 40GB.

    But you can use sync with subset folders rather than the entire collection, so your wife can have a folder and your kids get their own folder, etc...that way you still have anything that you put in those folders automatically get pushed out to the appropriate devices (At least that's how it worked on my Nokia, I'm assuming I can find something with at least that level of functionality on Android.)
  22. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    Dropbox can do almost anything you can imagine, either natively or through add-ons, etc.

    To answer your question, well, I'm not sure *exactly* what you mean, but assuming you're running Windoze, I think Dropbox + Belvedere on the desktop and Dropbox + DropSync on mobile devices will do what you need.
  23. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    I have been wondering the same thing, why dropbox. Most of my music is not on itunes so what now?
  24. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    In your 1st post you stated you also want to sync photos and videos.
  25. sliver108

    sliver108 Active Member

    Here are a couple examples:

    my cell - my music, my 4 year olds music, and it would be nice to have some of my wife's music

    my wife's cell - her music, my 4 year olds music, and she may want some of mine

    the family tablet - all of our music

    etc etc etc

    So instead of trying to always sync new music with particular devices i figured that just syncing everything would same some time.

    thanks for responding

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