Can I store music in iCloud Drive?

What is iCloud Drive?

iCloud Drive is Apple’s cloud storage service that allows users to store files, photos, videos and more in the cloud. It is seamlessly integrated with Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, Mac, and is accessible from any web browser at iCloud Drive provides a central place to organize files and access them from any device. It serves as an extension of the local storage on your Apple devices.

With iCloud Drive, any files you store in the cloud will automatically sync across all your Apple devices that use the same Apple ID. For example, a photo you take on your iPhone can be immediately accessed on your Mac as long as you have iCloud Drive set up. This makes iCloud Drive useful for keeping your documents and files up to date across multiple devices.

iCloud Drive works together with Apple’s built-in apps like Photos, Mail, Pages, Numbers and Keynote to provide cloud-based storage. You can also store third-party app data and files in iCloud Drive. Anything saved to iCloud Drive will be securely stored in the cloud rather than taking up local storage space on your devices.

In summary, iCloud Drive is Apple’s native cloud storage solution for backing up files, syncing data across devices, and freeing up local storage, seamlessly integrated into the Apple ecosystem.

Can I Store Music in iCloud Drive?

Yes, you can store music files in iCloud Drive just like any other files. iCloud Drive is Apple’s cloud storage service that allows you to access your files across all your Apple devices. Any type of file can be stored in iCloud Drive, including music files like MP3s, M4As, WAVs, FLACs, and more.

iCloud Drive works similar to services like Dropbox or Google Drive. Any files you save to iCloud Drive will be available on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and on This makes it easy to access your music library from anywhere.

So if you want to store your music collection in the cloud rather than directly on your devices, iCloud Drive is a convenient option. You can add music files to iCloud Drive either by saving them directly to the iCloud Drive folder on your Mac, or by uploading them through the Files app on iOS devices.

How to Add Music to iCloud Drive

Adding music to iCloud Drive allows you to store your music library in the cloud and access it from any device. Here are step-by-step instructions for uploading music to iCloud Drive from a Mac or iOS device:

On a Mac:

  1. Open Finder and select iCloud Drive from the sidebar.
  2. Drag and drop your music files into the iCloud Drive folder.
  3. The files will begin syncing to iCloud and be available on your other devices.

On an iOS device:

  1. Open the Files app and tap Browse.
  2. Tap iCloud Drive.
  3. Tap the folder where you want to store your music files.
  4. Tap the upload icon in the top right and select your music files to upload.

The files will begin uploading and syncing across your devices. You can now access your music from iCloud Drive on any Mac, iOS device, or at

Music File Compatibility

iCloud Drive supports the most common audio file formats for storing music, including:

  • MP3 – This is the most widely compatible lossy audio format. MP3 files compress audio data to reduce file size while sacrificing some audio quality. According to Apple Support, iCloud Drive fully supports MP3 files.
  • M4A/AAC – The M4A format is Apple’s version of the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) lossy compression format. Designed to be the successor to MP3, AAC aims to achieve better sound quality at similar bitrates. M4A files can be stored and played from iCloud Drive.
  • WAV – The WAV format is an uncompressed audio format that preserves lossless sound quality. WAV files can be rather large in size but will retain the highest audio fidelity. According to user reports, WAV files are supported by iCloud Drive.
  • AIFF – The AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format) is an uncompressed lossless format developed by Apple. Like WAV files, AIFF retains excellent audio quality but takes up significant storage space. iCloud Drive can store AIFF music files.

So in summary, all of the major lossless and lossy audio formats – MP3, M4A/AAC, WAV, and AIFF – are fully supported by iCloud Drive for music storage.

Music Organization in iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive allows you to organize your music files into folders as you see fit. This can help keep your music collection tidy and make it easier to find specific albums, artists, or playlists.

To create a new folder in iCloud Drive on Mac, right click in the iCloud Drive window and select New Folder. You can then name the folder whatever you like, such as “Music” or “Playlists.” On iOS devices, tap the New Folder icon in the top left corner of the iCloud Drive app.

You can create subfolders within these top level folders to further organize your music. For example, you may want to have a “Music” folder that contains subfolders for “Rock,” “Jazz,” “Classical,” etc. It’s entirely up to you how to structure your iCloud Drive folders.

To move music files into a folder, simply drag and drop the files. You can select multiple files at once to move several tracks or even entire albums into a folder in one step. The music files will be copied into the folder – the original files will remain in place until you delete them.

One of the benefits of using iCloud Drive for music storage is that any changes you make to your file and folder organization will sync across all of your devices. So if you create folders and add music on your Mac, those folders will automatically appear in the iCloud Drive app on your iPhone or iPad. This allows you to access your organized music collection from anywhere.

Accessing Music Stored in iCloud Drive

Once you have added your music files to iCloud Drive, you can access and play them on any device where you are signed into your iCloud account. Here are instructions for accessing your iCloud Drive music library on different devices:

On iPhone or iPad:

  • Open the Files app and tap Browse to access iCloud Drive.
  • Navigate to the folder where your music is stored.
  • Tap on a music file to open it in the Music app and play it.

On Mac:

  • Open the Finder and click iCloud Drive in the sidebar.
  • Navigate to the folder containing your music.
  • Double click on a music file to open it in iTunes and play it.

On Windows:

  • Open File Explorer and click iCloud Drive in the sidebar.
  • Navigate to the folder with your music.
  • Double click a music file to open it in your default media player.

You can also stream music stored in iCloud Drive directly in the Music app on iOS devices and iTunes on Mac/Windows. Just tap/click the iCloud Drive source in your library.

Streaming from iCloud Drive

One of the key benefits of storing music in iCloud Drive is the ability to stream songs without taking up storage space on your device. When you add your music library to iCloud Drive, the songs are stored in the cloud rather than downloaded directly onto your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC (1). This allows you to access and listen to your entire music collection without having to worry about running out of device storage.

To stream music from iCloud Drive, you simply need to enable iCloud Music Library in the Music app settings on your device. This will sync your library to iCloud and make the songs available for streaming. When you select a song to play, it will start streaming right away rather than downloading first. This streaming happens in the background over Wi-Fi or cellular data (2).

Streaming songs directly from iCloud allows you to save space on your devices while still having access to your full music library anywhere. It’s a convenient way to enjoy your music without downloads taking up storage. Just remember streaming does require an internet connection.

iCloud Drive Storage Limits

iCloud Drive offers different storage tiers for users to choose from depending on their needs. The available storage options are:

  • 5GB – Free storage provided to all iCloud users
  • 50GB – $0.99/month
  • 200GB – $2.99/month
  • 2TB – $9.99/month
  • 6TB – $39.99/month
  • 12TB – $79.99/month

The amount of storage you choose determines how much music and other files you can store in iCloud Drive. With the free 5GB plan, storage is limited so you may only be able to store a few albums or playlists depending on the size of your music files. Upgrading to a paid iCloud+ plan provides more storage space for storing additional music.

For example, with a 50GB plan you can store around 10,000 songs if they are average MP3 files of 5MB each. The 200GB plan provides capacity for around 40,000 songs. For larger music libraries, the 2TB plan allows storage for roughly 400,000 songs.

Exceeding the storage limit will prevent adding more files to iCloud Drive. In that case, you would need to upgrade to a higher storage tier or remove files to free up space. When considering music storage in iCloud Drive, check how much space your library requires and choose a plan that provides adequate capacity.

Alternatives to iCloud Drive

While iCloud Drive is a convenient option for storing music, there are several other popular cloud storage services that also allow you to store your music library.

One alternative is Dropbox. Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage, with paid plans starting at $9.99/month for 2TB of storage. Music stored in Dropbox can be streamed via the mobile app or downloaded for offline listening. Dropbox has robust file sharing options, allowing you to securely share music files.

Another option is Google Drive. The basic Google Drive plan includes 15GB of free storage, with 100GB available for $1.99/month. Music files can be uploaded to Google Drive and accessed via the Drive website or mobile app. Google Drive allows easy sharing of music libraries with others.

Microsoft OneDrive provides 5GB of storage for free, with 50GB for $1.99/month. OneDrive integrates with Windows Media Player for easy music uploads. Streamed music can be accessed through OneDrive’s mobile apps. OneDrive’s file sharing features facilitate collaborative music libraries.

Overall, while iCloud Drive is nicely integrated into the Apple ecosystem, there are a number of alternative cloud storage options for those seeking to store their music library online.

Tips for Storing Music in iCloud Drive

When storing music in iCloud Drive, it’s important to keep your library organized so you can easily access your files across devices. Here are some best practices for managing your music collection in iCloud Drive:

Create folders and subfolders to categorize your music by genre, artist, year, etc. This will make browsing your library much easier. For example, you could have a “Rock” folder with subfolders for “Classic Rock,” “Alternative,” “Hard Rock,” etc.

When adding new music, be consistent with your naming conventions and structure. Name files logically like “Artist – Song Title.mp3.” Add files into the appropriate subfolders in your existing folder structure.

Enable iCloud Music Library syncing across devices like iPhones, iPads, and Macs. This will allow you to access your full iCloud Drive music collection from any device. Just make sure you have enough iCloud storage space. [1]

Use the Files app on iOS devices to stream music files directly from iCloud Drive without taking up space on your device. You can also download songs for offline listening as needed.

When adding album artwork, name the image files using the convention “AlbumArt_[AlbumName].jpg” and store in the corresponding album folder. This ensures album art syncs properly.

Back up your iCloud Drive music library regularly so you don’t lose files. You can use a service like iTunes to occasionally sync and download files to your computer.

Monitor your iCloud storage usage under iPhone Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Manage Storage. Upgrade your iCloud plan if you need more space for music.