08
Sep
Google_Music

This is the latest in our Weekend Polls series. For last week's, see Would You Give Up A Front-Facing Camera To Have A Bezel-Less Phone?

If you want to listen to your own music on your Android device, there are two ways to do it: first, store it locally, or second, stream it from a cloud-based service like Google Music or Amazon MP3. Obviously playing back locally would be faster (no buffering), reliable (you don't have to worry about reception), not use up valuable bandwidth, and allow you to use whatever music player you want. But if you choose to stream from the cloud, you're not limited by your phone's storage, so you probably have access to your entire library - not to mention you don't have to bother with syncing your music.

Which way do you go? Stream from the cloud, or store it locally? Sound off, then hit up the comments.

Do You Stream Your Music Library Or Store It Locally?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • superstepa

    I store my music locally because I don't have a data plan

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    Would stream if I could. Data plans are shit here, so I play of locally stored music.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    my favorite songs on my phone, the rest on the cloud

  • hnldriver

    Got a 64gb SD card - no need to stream...

    • abqnm

      I have grandfathered unlimited on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. No need for local storage.

      • chris

        You have a data connection everywhere you go?

        • abqnm

          Yeah pretty much. Don't remember the last time I didn't have a data connection.

          • hnldriver

            I take it you don't get to the mountains then... I live in the rockies, and I only get a decent connection on either end of my trip...

  • butlerpcnet

    a bit hard to answer for me. I listen to music podcasts mostly, which are technically locally stored because they are downloaded temporarily to be played back later. But really, it's like delayed streaming because they are deleted soon after I listen to them (or gets replaced by a newer one)

  • om nom nom nom

    You cant stream music yet from Google music yet in the uk :(

    • http://twitter.com/DroidKl0wn Droid Kl0wn

      Check out Audio galaxy. No limits and it's free. Just need your box at home on

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I would love to stream, but my limited data plan kind of screws that option. So I have to deal with storing it on my phone's memory.

    • http://www.craig.tumblison.com/ Craig Tumblison

      Google Music has an option to "make songs available offline" while you're using WiFi. I stream all my music, but keep my "favorites playlist" stored on my phone as a cache. It avoids eating up my data while giving me complete access to my library from a single no-fuss app.

  • http://www.impulsivestudios.com/ Justin Myers

    Well it depends. On my computer, I only use Google Music. On my phone, I use Google Music. Only thing, with my phone is that I have two playlists available offline just in case I go into a dreaded 3G area. Other than that, I am on LTE and streaming. I am milking my unlimited data. Haha

  • Kipsla

    I'm missing Spotify as an option..

    • TomRowly

      Erm. Doesn't Spotify stream music to your phone?

      • Mathieu

        Yes, but Spotify also has an offline mode if you don't have a data plan.

  • DROID DOES

    Although I have a pretty sizeable SD Card, I like using spotify not only for its ease of playlist structuring, and sharing capabilities, but the ease of starting to listen to a song; I use it in conjunction with soundhound (which boast the "play in spotify" button), that way I can make use of my unlimited data, and just listen to my heart's content at any given moment..

  • http://twitter.com/jeffyu412 Jeff Yu

    Limited data, live in Canada, why bother storing in the cloud?

    • Matthew

      You can always stream on your WIFI connection.

    • ckitching

      Even if you had unlimited data, Google and Amazon still haven't extended their service to Canada.

      • Esa Edvik

        And why would you even need either one?

  • Dima Aryeh

    I use local music. Streaming works well outside my neighborhood, but this is a notorious dead zone for everything but LTE. 3G never works for 3/4 carriers. So gotta use local!

  • http://twitter.com/DroidKl0wn Droid Kl0wn

    Audio galaxy on my home box which is free. Best way to stream music Imo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      It's a great service but the quality isn't great on mobile and the app is kinda fugly.

    • paleh0rse

      This. Audiogalaxy + FIOS = WIN!

  • Doan

    Stream from Google Music.

  • Jeff Higgins

    I stream with Google music on all my devices but on my phone I set the option "Keep on Device" for my most played music.

    • Aaron Berlin

      Same here. Best of both worlds. The only thing that would make it better would be desktop management of what's stored locally via the browser.

      • LiamBryant

        That'd be brilliant! Just like how you can manage applications from the Play Store online, it'd be amazing to be able to control which songs are available on which device from there too! Of course it'd also be nice to be able to remove devices too...

      • http://www.androidnext.de/ Frank Ritter | androidnext.de

        Also, an option to be able to just tell Google Music how much storage it should use on your device and picking the most frequently used music by itself.

      • jammer

        You should make a feature request with Google and give us the link and we'll star it give it a chance.

    • Scott Kennedy

      Same. I feel like the poll needs another option for this.

      • AaronGingrich

        That would be locally....

        • Bill Price

          No; there's a big difference between caching songs over Google Play or Amazon MP3 versus actually copying a bunch of individual MP3 files over to your phone, both in terms of how the files are stored and in terms of what the user experience is like. I absolutely don't consider my cached Google Play files to be "locally stored." If nothing else, the cache files are stripped of all metadata so that you can't just copy them onto another computer to restore your music library. You'll just have 1.mp3 through 9999.mp3, with no indication of what each song is. I assume this is done to help discourage piracy.

          • AaronGingrich

            I don't understand how being stripped means it's not stored locally. If it's stored on your phone, it's stored locally, metadata or not.

          • Scott Kennedy

            Because it's still a cloud service. I have access to news songs I buy or upload from somewhere else, but I don't need an active internet connection to use it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

            Actually the way the question is phrased, it sounds like either streaming or manually storing the files yourself, which would make caching a cloud/streaming service as "I" am not actually storing any files. A similar way to view it would be to stream a video, drop the connection, and still be able to view it from the temp cache on your computer. Very different to actually having the file and playing it back manually.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I actually agree with you. Streaming with caching is a hybrid option and is not the same as pre-copying music locally. The cache is initiated by playing from the cloud, so really both parts are at work. I'd actually say you're closer to the cloud option than the stored locally option. These files are not nearly as usable and organized for playback via other players, like PowerAMP.

          • Bill Price

            Yes, that's exactly my view-- because it's pulled from the cloud and only cached in a stripped, semantically-worthless form locally and cannot be reasonably accessed or used by other players or devices, I don't view it like actually copying my music library onto my phone. It's a cloud-based solution.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Right. I'd still go with a cloud vote in that case. It's too late to add other options - they would skew the poll.

          • AaronGingrich

            I see what you're saying, but it makes 0 sense to me. If it can be played back without a network connection, it's local. It's a local option for a streaming service.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            0 sense? So not even a little bit of sense?

            You initiate playback from the cloud - if you never played a certain song, or haven't played it in a while (in which case the local cache may have been deleted), you won't be able to play it unless you're connected to the web.

            The question is "Do you stream your music library or store it locally?" The answer is obvious to me: you stream it. Only *then* it gets stored locally (this local cache is a side effect of streaming). Some services don't let you cache, some do, but in the end you have to stream every song at least once.

    • Vivek Bhatia

      Ditto.

    • James Barr

      Same. My most common stuff I marked keep on device, the rest I don't. It has worked well for me.

    • scuttlefield

      Same here, so I selected 50/50 above.

    • Zachary Burgess

      Same here. My tablet with the massive storage capacity has no music, it just streams better than it does on my phone. Thats probably due to the tab being Jelly Bean and the phone being a low end two year old 2.3

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Same for me. I put stuff like gym music and running music on the phone along with a key playlist for driving. Otherwise the bulk is dependent on mobile data.

  • Chris Sanner

    what I WANT:
    mostly cached locally, streaming from the cloud when necessary
    why I don't do that:
    I can't use playlists for alarms, can't use any mp3 for any purpose other than "listen to it, streamed through google play music" if I do that.
    so I store it all locally.

  • kindrudekid

    Stream usually,

    playlists and all recent uploads are mostly stored offline!

  • Mathieu

    Spotify user since before it was cool.

  • Kwasi Bunsie

    No option for "I use Pandora" or similar.

    • Phillip Hess

      That would be the "streaming" option.

      • Kwasi Bunsie

        That would be for "your music library" like the title says. Pandora and other such services does not hold any part or resemblance to my music library. Therefore it is not an option in this poll.

  • tehsusenoh

    I used to use the cloud for music, but I switched to PowerAmp and FLAC files stored locally. It just sounds so much better. If I'm on my computer, I use Google Music, simply because it's hard to tell good quality audio from great quality audio on desktop speakers.

    • Adam Honse

      I was into FLAC long before Google Music was around and already had a decent collection going, so I never bought into the cloud nonsense. It streams low-quality MP3's while gobbling data bandwidth? No thanks! A large SD card holds a good bit of FLAC, and plenty of players support it. On my PC I use Clementine as it is cross-platform, manages a large library well, and handles FLAC in addition to tons of other formats. My full library is on my home media server (RAID 5) and if I'm out and want a certain song that isn't local, I can VPN into my media server and copy it (though FLAC isn't easy on data at all, so this is very rare).

  • Guest

    I have 3gb of data a month for 25€ so I mostly stream, Cause my 16GB GNexus can't hold much of my huge library.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hookahlogic Mike Waldon

    i do not do a 50/50, i stream my entire library thru Google music, and then us my SD card for movies and picture

  • http://twitter.com/Kourou59 Guillaume

    I have 3gb of data a month for 25€ so I mostly stream, Cause my 16GB GNexus can't hold much of my huge library. I have ~15min of subway everyday so I just use cached music for that time

  • http://twitter.com/Kourou59 Guillaume

    When people say that have a shitty data plan, could you be more accurate ?

    • mesmorino

      They probably mean either a slow speed, or a low cap (or even any cap) or some combination of the two

  • http://awseibert.net/ Aaron

    Music in Google music, and I pin playlists for offline music

  • http://www.facebook.com/mainul.mizan Mainul Mizan

    I have not a single mp3 in my mobile, all in Google Music. T-Mobile prepaid unlimited data plan.

    • KrisB

      Which plan do you have? I have the $50 a month, but it's throttled at 200MB. Thinking I need to go to the $60, b/c the speeds can be bad a times.

      • Matthew

        T-Mobile is unlimited now, course it might cost you $20-30 more but beats paying $10-15 per GB on Verizon and AT&T.

  • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

    Locally due to a 1 GB data cap.

  • Andrew Findlay

    Living in the UK (with the data plans that entails, at any sort of reasonable price) rather prohibits the streaming option. Part of the reason I bought a £32GiB phone...

  • flosserelli

    I do both. My favorite songs are stored locally. The rest of my library is on my home computer and streamed via Audiogalaxy. I use Spotify for songs not in my library.

  • user311

    Got a transformer infinity with 192Gb of storage... I stream music so I can keep every episode of big bang theory on it...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I store mine locally on my MicroSD after I have synced it with iTunes thanks to iSyncr. Streaming must be an American thing because there is no way I would do it here in the UK. Also my lifetime music collection is under 10GB!

  • Bogdan Sladaru

    I have a Galaxy Note with 16 Gb and a 32 Gb card, so it's more than enough to store the music I listen to usually :). I don't have unlimited data plan, so it's not worth streaming it.
    Also, I never bought a MP3. I always buy the CDs and do the MP3 ripping myself. That way I'm sure the music is mine even if the seller closes, decides that I shouldn't have access to my own music for no matter what reason, etc (See the news about Bruce Willis considering legal action against Apple regarding the rights you have over your own digital music...).

  • fdff

    useing google music for all of my mp3s but I keep as much music as possible on my device ("keep on device").. sadly I cant store all of the music offline thanks to the cumbersome internal memory of the galaxy nexus

  • http://www.facebook.com/airbornemist6 William Rodriguez

    I try and stream most of the time, but on my tablet, it's usually stored. Plus, I have sprint, so even on my phone I don't get too much freedom.

  • Andreas Trygg

    Streaming thru google music. No thanks to google, had to register via vpn.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    I figured streaming would be a lot higher then it is. Its a pretty close race for cloud vs locally stored

  • Jonas Hejde

    If I could stream, I would stream. But I can't stream, so I chant stream.

  • oneillperson

    Since I keep Mobile Data turned off to save battery, I play all my music locally. Sometimes I use Pandora if I want variety.

    • Knlegend1

      I'm with you on that. I keep my data off all the time trying to save battery.

  • thisphuckinguy

    Wish I was able to upload from my phone or tablet.

  • Tim Gray

    Audio galaxy was home server

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I store my music locally and if I stream it's usually radio. Why? Because Sprint.

    • Freak4Dell

      Time to switch carriers.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Yeah, that's why I'm not renewing my Sprint contract. But right now I have the EVO LTE, so I'm waiting for the new round of Nexuses to come out before switching to another carrier. Who knows, in the meantime maybe Sprint LTE will come to the Bay Area and will be amazing (doubtful).

  • http://twitter.com/arrioch Milos Mirkovic

    I have unlimited plan, so i stream it all the time.

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

    Local. Wireless isn't reliable enough in terms of bandwidth or connectivity.

  • spectremANDROID

    I was completely against streaming until a year ago. Now I mostly stream from the Google Music app but keep a few things on board, just in case.

  • Paul_Werner

    I stream but only using AudioGalaxy since I keep my desktop turned on at home

  • http://xmacex.wordpress.com Mace Ojala

    Loving Spotify

  • CJ Walker

    Google Music all day 'errday...(I stream/Keep on Device option)

  • Renze de Ruiter

    I store locally - but I don't have a choice. The Google Music service still isn't available in New Zealand.

  • deandre mylove

    Prefer to stream but i store some songs locally because Google Music app on my laptop doesn't always add new music to my library like it's set to

  • Paurav Raghuvanshi

    Both. All my music is on my MicroSD card and on Google Music. I tend to run it locally, because if I'm not in a WiFi zone I'll pay dearly with a 200MB/month data plan. And also because even if I am in a WiFi zone, it may not be fast enough to avoid latency or buffering.

  • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

    All my music is local with some files on my Android phone. I really want to put all of my collection on Google Music and just stream it all.

    • Adam Honse

      I'm sorry, but I find it hard to understand this mindset. Hey, I have all my music on this local, low-latency, low power SD card right here, but I'd prefer if it were on Google's servers hundreds of miles away, downsampled into low-quality MP3 (depending on what format you use), and channeled to my phone using expensive bandwidth that is spotty in many areas. I just don't see how that is a good idea in the least. I don't get the point of storing *your* library in the cloud when there are radio/Pandora/Last.FM/etc. services that let you listen to a virtually unlimited library. For my personal collection, local all the way, and for everything else I prefer radio services. I can already remotely access my home PC where my full media library is stored as well, so I can copy songs I forgot if I want them.

      • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

        My music collection is not down-sampled or low-quality. I have never had spotty or any issues with bandwidth and I have unlimited bandwidth. Traditional radio... is DEAD. Yes, Pandora is nice for so casual streaming from time to time... LastFM, Spotify, etc I have never been impressed with. My collection is just that MINE... years of vinyl, cassette, CDs, and MP3s that I have collected over the years. Depending on how or what service you choose to go with the quality of your collection is the quality you get back. It is a CHOICE... just because YOU do not like that choice is fine. You obviously don't like streaming and think services that provide that CHOICE to people is evil, dark and sticky. That is your opinion... and we have those.

  • Christopher Hsu

    I stream with Spotify.

  • pHyR3

    Don't see why people stream, goes into data plan, battery and can lag if you into a tunnel, lift etc.
    Whereas storing on the card has virtually no downsides, except for the space. But buy a 16gb sd card for 20-30 bucks and you're fine.

    • Trianglehead

      Galaxy nexus and over 20,000 song library just doesn't work. I keep the essentials on the memory and stream when I want to listen to variety.

    • gladgura

      For people who listen to select songs on a regular basis, Google Play Music will make a temporary cache of played track the first time it is played. That way if you have already listen to the song/s via Google Play Music app, when you are out and about your songs will not need buffering. And the way Flash storage is going, you can actually get a 32gb MicroSD card for the amount you mentioned via amazon.com

      • hnldriver

        My 64 was 50$ on a best buy us sale...

    • Esa Edvik

      I listen to music on my way to work/home/cruising and at work all day and I have no battery issues what so ever, I can stream probably well over 12 hours on one battery (even more on power saving mode and if I drop off HSPA). I have my phone plugged in at work and at home if I have to (and mostly I do it because I can).
      I just couldn't stand to think about what music I'd put into my phone next in the morning, so I opted out of that and use Soundcloud or stream from my FLAC collection at home with Audiogalaxy.

  • Knlegend1

    I actually stopped using the Google Music app and went back to power amp with my music stored locally. Until Google decides to allow the user to store the music where ever they want I can't use it taking up internal SD card space. I loved that app too but Power Amp offers more options.

    • duplissi

      that and until google decides to release an api so that 3rd party players can access play music i will continue to store mine locally. poweramp offers better sound quality and features that i dont want to give up.

      • hnldriver

        I personally like the Apollo app.

  • Adam Honse

    I store all of my music locally (not a Google Music user, and since I prefer FLAC I don't have any intentions of being one as it uses MP3). I see no point of storing files in the cloud that I already have, it just wastes bandwidth and lags and costs me data. I do, however, use Pandora and iHeartRadio quite a bit. These aren't "cloud storage" per se, but they are excellent for finding new music or changing it up when you're tired of your local music. I then note down the songs I like when listening to these radio services and then download them later. The quality isn't great, but as discovery services they are great.

  • CeluGeek

    SD card forever! And I just use Samsung's stock music player. I see Google Play Music just as another piece of useless bloatware occupying space on my devices and not allowing me to uninstall it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/andrewc513 Andrew Chandler

    It's definitely not 50/50 for me, but I do download specific playlists in Spotify if I know I'll be going on a long drive, or going somewhere with no service for a weekend or more. Otherwise, I'm around wifi at all times between home, work, friends' places, and the gym. The only time I stream over mobile data is for short driving trips around town.

  • Kaero

    I store it locally on my phone but Just stream it to my Nexus 7.

  • Freak4Dell

    I do both. If I'm listening to music on my phone, it's usually streamed. The only times I use my phone for music is if I'm walking around, or doing something at the house where my computer would be a hassle to have with me. Nowadays, it typically only happens at home, since I have a strong WiFi connection. That may change again when I get a new phone that can actually access T-Mobile's 3G/4G network. Music on my tablet, on the other hand, is almost purely local. The only time I really listen to music on my tablet is in the car, and EDGE isn't fast enough to stream it. Plus, Google Music isn't as easy to use as PowerAmp is, and even with a fast 3G or 4G connection, it's still not going to be as reliable as locally stored music.

  • Josh

    I would stream all the time if Sprint's data was fast enough to support it but instead I end up storing it locally.

  • paleh0rse

    None of the above! I stream from my own home server using Audiogalaxy.

  • DrMacinyasha

    I stream Google Music and Pandora to my phone and tablet mostly, though I do have about 20GB of music on my tablet as well... Downloaded cache from Google music.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Migue-Garcia/640246416 Migue Garcia

    enjoyment from sources other than ns-10 monitor speakers should be illegal,;P

  • http://www.catees.net Ceiling Cat

    My android device is not a phone, so I can't rely on having wi-fi everywhere. Local storage it is.

  • Andy Jones

    Once you can stream any song you want without commercials it is local storage for me. What I want is to choose the song I want, when I want. Even if a small monthly fee is involved.

    • http://twitter.com/Colby347 Colby Fink

      I've only just started using Spotify so I don't know if there are commercials after the initial free trial, but Spotify does exactly what you want and has an option for a small monthly fee.

  • Carlito

    I found this post to be quite interesting because as I saw the poll it displayed that a slightly higher margin of people prefer to use cloud based storage for music. It definitely has its advantages, but I simply can't stand buffering

  • Adam

    I would do it all on the cloud but I fucking can't in Canada

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562156908 Guillermo Herrera

    I stream with my wifi tablet but store my music on my phone because Sprint's speeds just can't keep up right now

  • Simon Cunningham

    There is a third option...stream from your home network. I use BubbleUPnP server at home to make all the DLNA servers in my house accessible, and I use BubbleUPnP on my devices for playback. I can play what I want, when I want, and I don't have to muck about with cloud services. It is really slick. A friend of mine also uses Bubble, and when he comes over he can play media from the collection at his house on any of my devices. I highly recommend it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.mcwhorter Joshua Mcwhorter

    Locally! With the licensing agreements, etc. the way they are, nothing you put online is really yours, nor is it private. Although I use Pandora now and then.

  • leosash

    I use mostly use subsonic cause it streams your library to your device and stores it on your phone. The cache is can be set at different levels which helps save space on some of my devices.

  • David

    Spotify is my dukebox :D

  • Devon Fleming

    None of the above, actually. I stream Pandora through my phone. I don't keep my own music because I get tired of it too quickly.

  • http://twitter.com/JonathanFMiller Jonathan F Miller

    100% stream. I'm using the Nexus 7 and am trying to keep the amount of space I use to a minimum.

  • GazaIan

    I do both. I have at least 200 songs on my phone, but my entire 1800 song library in the cloud.

  • Ken

    My data connection with Sprint on my NS4G is way to slow to even think about streaming music

  • enb

    this is a horrible poll. There are more options out there for streaming than "the cloud"

  • i_spit_hot_fire

    Call me conspiracy-minded, but I don't know who's going through my music in a "cloud" uploaded to a server, so I'd rather keep my collection secure in my own harddrive and upload it locally when I need it.

  • Dan Monzelowsky

    I use Google Music exclusively. Gotta keep as much free space as possible for ROMs and nandroids.

  • jlschulz098

    streaming music is the most rediculous thing I've ever heard of. If I own it, why would I pay for storage and data to stream it. It's PT Barnum at his best, there's one born every moment

    • Machiventa

      Google Music and Audiogalaxy are free and offer streaming. True, data service isn't free but most people use their phones as their player. Dedicated mp3 players are practically extinct.

  • http://twitter.com/jusuchin85 Justin Alex

    I wish I can sign up to the cloud, but Malaysia doesn't have this service.I store them locally on my 32GB SD for my CM9GS2 :)

  • Dissonance

    I have a NAS, and stream it from home. I own a Synology NAS, and the software they provide on it is top notch. It allows WebDAV streaming, and they have a great little client written for Android already (DS Audio).

  • ringoshu

    Interesting, no matter how you look at it, people just generally use both. I stream when I'm at home and anywhere with wifi. Due to Sprints slow speeds and battery life.

  • frannek

    Am I the only one who's running up against the 20.000-song-limit with google music? It used to be really great to have _all_ my music up there, now I'll have to pick and chose. Of course, all my music remains streamable with audiogalaxy, but I don't want to leave my machine at home running all the time. WOL over internet is quite helpful, but it the music isn't there instantaneously - #firstworldproblem

  • Andrew

    Honestly I'm surprised so many people stream. The sole benefit - potentially having access to your entire library - just isn't worth the trade off in my eyes. First and foremost, you'll chew through your monthly data limit in no time. I'd probably burn through mine in about a week since I listen to music all the time. Secondly, you need your data/wifi on at all times, which will be actively receiving data, which will kill your battery a lot faster than if it was just reading from memory. Then the biggest problem of them all: you need a constant strong steady signal, which is basically never going to happen where I live, especially if I'm indoors.
    So yeah, it's a no brainer for me. Modern phones have so much storage space that I can easily have 20+ albums and still have a ton of space for videos and apps.

  • mauric

    It's sort of impossible to stream music 3 hours a day over my monthly 1gb data plan. So I just stick to my 32gb sd card.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129440224 Christopher Ching

    If for some reason I don't have my iPod handy (the sole Cupertino outpost in my tech collection), then I use cloud streaming. I rarely use my phone for that though unless it's a song that I've yet to download and add to my iPod, in which case I use a browser or YouTube rather than cloud streaming.

  • Werner

    To Google music app

  • Newmexican

    Have to store locally, as carriers treat New Mexico as a third world country, lots of poor coverage and often still 2G :-((

  • Alex Nicoletti

    I stream on my Nexus 7 because of the lack of storage space. But on my Galaxy Nexus I store most of my music.

  • Devslash

    I stream music from my own server using a website that I created that is intended for mobile sites as well as desktops.

    I wrote it because I wanted a solution that doesn't use Adobe Flash and I have complete control over my music.

    If anyone is interested in trying it out let me know and I'll give you the link to download the source for you to try it out.

  • Jon Garrett

    Local, no internet connection on the subway where I spend 4 hours a day 5 days a week !!! long ass commute to and from work.

  • wilks

    Well I live in that developing country known as Australia where we aren't deemed worthy of access to things such as Google Music or Wallet. So definitely need another option in that poll.

  • Sootie

    Pandora all day every day on my computers at home and work but for some reason they havent let the aussies at the pandora app yet so still local music on all my androids

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    Some i stream some i have local. But most of the time i use other app , not google music.

  • Fatty Bunter

    Me too, but I have one gripe.

    Why can't I set the "Thumbs Up" playlist to "Keep on Device" ??????

    So annoying having to add newly Thumbs upped songs to my favorites playlist every time I Thumbs Up something new.

  • Daren McDougal

    I would love to stream everythng ... but with having only 3g on my Galaxy Nexus ....have a 1.5 terabyte music collection just not possible yet....... if Play Music gave me another 120,000 songs i could almost do it ...lol

  • zev

    i have 16gb of music on my SGS3, and thats just 10-15% of all my music. So i store it locally. One other reason why i store it locally is the crappy internet connection in germany as well as the "fast" traffic we get
    after 1gb (in my case, most germans have even less "fast" traffic) they just reduce your speed to GPRS (10kb/s if ur lucky). if i want more "fast" traffic (HSDPA in my area, no LTE!) i have to pay 15-20€ easily (thats +20$) per month. its just stupid, especially because of all the cloud talk of the providers. how the hell is that supposed to work? im happy if i have some traffic left at the end of the month and i dont stream shit!

  • Stephane Boisvert

    I'm in Canada, where Google Music is not yet available, so local storage it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jedd-Heap/1093343867 Jedd Heap

    When it first came out i could steam everything. But lately out seams less reliable.

  • Joshua Vail

    I store all my music on my phone to listen locally because I have a 32 GB SD card, but when I am using my nexus 7 I stream because there is not enough room for all my music. SO it is literally 50/50 but I WOULD store it locally on all devices if there was sufficient space. So I have no idea what to vote.

  • http://twitter.com/SoWhy Prof. Professorson

    Locally. I don't have a data plan that would allow me to actually stream all the music all the time, also, my reception varies extremely and there is no real way to stream successfully using GPRS, so it will be some years before I even consider cloud storage. Also, my phone support 64 GB storage, so I don't really need to.

  • Esa Edvik

    Haven't had anything locally in 2 or so years thanks to unlimited data, Soundcloud and Audiogalaxy.

  • SupremePeter

    AudioGalaxy from my pc to my phone.