How can I consolidate all my music in one place?

Pete from San Diego, CA

Episode 1249 (1:32:26)

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Pete has music at Apple iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, and a host of others. Plus he has thousands of mp3s and CDs. How can he consolidate it all onto one portal? Leo says if he has no copy protection issues (and he shouldn't anymore) it's going to be easy.

First, Pete should rip his CDs in FLAC. He should keep a good local copy of them on an external hard drive. Then, upload an existing copy of all of them onto his favorite music serice. Leo likes Google Play Music. iTunes Match is also a great option at just $25 a year. This will give him a cloud based backup. If he wants to use the Amazon Echo, that limits him to using Amazon Music.