Samsung launched its Music Hub service in the U.S. on Tuesday. It’s an effort to capture some of the buzz around Spotify with a feature that combines a cloud music locker, unlimited song streaming, a radio player and a music store.
Sony’s Music Unlimited cloud-based streaming digital music service has a new feature, dubbed My Channels, which is aimed at improving music discovery.
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.
The on-demand radio service wants to be the ‘YouTube of radio’. Online radio is very much a digital media orphan; languishing in a fragmented space while innovations in other aspects of streaming media have come thick and fast over the last few years.
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.
MoodMusic today released their Facebook 2.0 service that includes a Cloud Player, Global DJs, Favorites, and Global Top 100′s. The Cloud Player allows for customers to navigate to and from Facebook without an interruption to their streaming music.