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The sound of silence

According to new research from Which? a third of British home insurers offer no cover for ‘digital information’, which means that, if you’ve bought music online and anything happens to your laptop or MP3 player, you could be listening to the sound of silence unless you’re willing to stump up again for the cost of replacing your music collection.

Which? also found that just four of the eight largest download stores allow you to re-download tunes in the event that they are lost or stolen.

One solution, if you’re at risk of losing your music, is to find an insurance provider that will reimburse you for the loss of your digital data, however, it’s important to remember that it’s not just copyright material that you could be losing.  Whilst an insurance company can help you get back the soundtrack to your life, they can’t help buy back the photos of your kids, the journal you wrote on your travels or the emails your wife sent you when you were still dating.

Securing your information with an online backup provider can help you with all of these things.  Keeping an encrypted copy of your information in the Cloud means that, should anything happen to the original, whether it’s on a laptop that gets stolen or an MP3 player that gets lost on a night out, you can simply download it again to another device.

So, if you want the band to play on forever, perhaps online backup will be music to your ears.

Step back in time

As Kylie once sang: “If you can’t find the music to get down and boogie, all you can do is step back in time.”

Now, Kylie might not be right about everything (see her previous dating history) but she may just have been able to predict the future of personal music management in her number four hit from 1990.

Today, many of us only keep our music in digital formats.  According to a recent survey, 51 per cent of young people in the UK have fewer than 100 CDs and only 15 per cent use their CD player daily.  Conversely, they had, on average 8,159 digital tracks, with 68 per cent using their computers to blast out the hits every day.

The upshot of this, is that our music is increasingly at risk.  If you lose your laptop, you lose your music collection.  Or, at least, that’s the case for almost two thirds of Brits who, despite storing music on their computers, never back up.  This research, from Mozy, also showed that 15 per cent of people had lost their music as a result of incidents such as lost or stolen laptops, hard drive crashes, viruses and accidental deletion.

Having a good backup strategy, to get back to our theme, means that, if you can’t find your music, you literally can step back in time and return to the last time you did.

Online backup will work in the background on your computer; logging, compressing and encrypting your music collection before shooting it up your broadband pipe to a data centre in the Cloud.  Which means, should you lose a track, you can simply download it again back to your PC.

A word of warning though, if you chose to wind your music collection back to other hits from 1990, you might want to avoid the summer months, where Partners in Kryme enjoyed a four week run at the top of the charts before being toppled by Bombalurina.