First came Amazon, then came Google, and now, finally, Apple has joined the musical cloud. In an announcement last week, Steve Jobs publicized Apple’s work to put iTunes in the cloud with its new, free service iCloud. While iTunes in the Cloud is among other features available as part of iCloud, including bookstore, device backup, document storage and photo stream services, it is certainly one of the most talked about and highly anticipated. However, while Amazon and Google’s cloud music services are available now, the iCloud will not be fully usable until the fall. Read more
A few weeks ago, I blogged about how Amazon beat both Google and Apple to put music in the cloud, even though they sidestepped some strict U.S. licensing agreements. Well, it turns out Google was not too far behind with the launch of their own musical cloud service, which came out just six weeks later. But was Google following in Amazon’s footsteps too closely? Read more
Last week, Amazon launched their Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, an Internet service that lets anyone store music and other digital files – photos, videos, documents, and files under 2GB – on Amazon’s servers and access them via the Web and Android devices.
Amazon is actually giving users 5GB of Cloud Drive storage free of charge, which equates to about 1000 songs. And, if users just buy one MP3 album through Amazon, they’ll be able to access 20GB of cloud storage for a year. The Cloud Player works on PCs, Macs and Android devices, but not iOS devices (yet) since the uploader is built using Adobe’s Air platform. Read more