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Title: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: dermusensohn on December 30, 2020, 06:16:41 PM
Due to Google Play Music shutting down I have stored my vast mp3 library on Google Drive.  Perhaps this option exists but I could not find any directions on how to set it up.  I love Music Bee but I may have to switch to Clementine because cloud integration is part of their package.
If this is already a part of Music Bee could someone please point me toward the set up instructions?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: frankz on December 30, 2020, 06:35:30 PM
MB reads windows directories including network shares.  Theoretically, if you have the google drive mapped somehow as a drive or folder on your system then MB will see it as local network storage and scan/use it as you want. 

I don't know that this is possible or has even been done, but it's a direction to investigate.
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: psychoadept on December 30, 2020, 07:01:44 PM
What frankz says. You would need to install the Backup & Sync (https://www.google.com/drive/download/) software from Google, and sync your audio files to your PC.
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: frankz on December 30, 2020, 07:18:58 PM
I thought there was a way to make windows see a google drive as a local folder, but I'm not sure.  Maybe that's only OneDrive?
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: psychoadept on December 30, 2020, 07:33:02 PM
I thought there was a way to make windows see a google drive as a local folder, but I'm not sure.  Maybe that's only OneDrive?

Yeah, looks like it's only OneDrive. Maybe because of native Windows integration?
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: frankz on December 30, 2020, 07:38:28 PM
This apparently lets you mount cloud storage as a network drive:

https://rclone.org/
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: psychoadept on December 30, 2020, 08:01:18 PM
This apparently lets you mount cloud storage as a network drive:

https://rclone.org/

That's nifty! Could work, yeah.
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: hiccup on December 30, 2020, 08:14:23 PM
This apparently lets you mount cloud storage as a network drive:

https://rclone.org/

That's nifty! Could work, yeah.

Yeah, it looks like it could!
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: dermusensohn on December 30, 2020, 09:06:20 PM
This apparently lets you mount cloud storage as a network drive:

https://rclone.org/

Thank you.  I will try this when I have time to work through the process.  Hopefully, cloud storage can be integrated in the future or even a simple plug in.  I have limited programming abilities.  Right now, the only other music manager program I could find that claimed integration is Clementine.  It does work but the rest of the program is no where near as robust as Music Bee.
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: frankz on December 30, 2020, 11:17:47 PM
While this is an intriguing experiment and I'd love to see how it turns out, I feel compelled to say that this is probably not a very good idea unless you absolutely need your entire library available to you wherever you may be.   There's going to be a lot of unnecessary data flying back and forth, and musicbee is not really set up to wait for access to music files in the event that there is a momentary glitch in access or something.  It expects files that it accesses to be readily accessible.  What I'm saying is that things may be technically possible that aren't necessarily wise. 

That said, let us know how it turns out if you decide to do it.
Title: Re: Use cloud storage as main library.
Post by: Steven on December 31, 2020, 02:26:02 AM
I cant imagine cloud storage from a drive working well as the first thing MB does when loading files to the library is scan each of them for tags which would require downloading each file