As a fairly mobile OS agnostic person I have purchased music from several different services in the past and am now on a mission to bring everything together and simplify my mobile music practices. There are several solutions available and the service that is best for you is highly dependent on the mobile device and operating system you use.
The disk drives powering Dropbox, Amazon’s Cloud Drive, and Google Music likely issued a small sigh of relief Monday, after a federal court judge found that the MP3tunes cloud music service didn’t violate copyright laws when it used only a single copy of a MP3 on its servers, rather than storing 50 copies for 50 users.
Cloud Computing as an idea dates back to the 1960s, but only in the last few years have the practical applications of the cloud reached consumers. Most recently, Apple and Amazon both introduced cloud lockers that could store and stream audio media to any Internet-ready device.
Google Inc. is preparing as early as Tuesday to unveil a new online music service similar to a service recently launched by Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, a move that escalates the battle to create the next generation of Internet businesses for storing and listening to music.
Amazon.com Inc. this week launched a store that sells digital songs for 69 cents, an attempt to bring more people to its e-commerce website and bolster its plan to eventually charge people to store tunes on distant servers known as the cloud.
Last week, Amazon launched its Cloud Drive, with an emphasis on music storage. While there have been a number of “jukebox” services these last 10 years (Napster 2.0, MusicNow, Virgin Digital, Yahoo Music Unlimited, MTV Urge, MOG, Spotify, Thumbplay, Rdio), relatively few “locker” offerings have emerged—although rumors of new locker services from Apple and Google sound promising.
The music industry is reportedly furious with Amazon over Cloud Player, the e-commerce giant’s new music streaming service. The conflict has the potential to boil over into court and place consumers in the crossfire.
Amazon has launched a cloud-based music locker service called Cloud Drive, which gives the online books trader an early mover’s advantage over Apple and Google. Cloud Drive, described by Amazon as “your hard drive in the cloud”, enables users to store music, videos, documents and photos on Amazon’s servers. Stored music can be played using Amazon Cloud Player on a web browser and on Android devices.