I like clouds. Aside from their fluffiness, they provide temporary shade from the sun, life-sustaining water to our planet, and storage for our documents, photos, music, and videos.
That last part refers to cloud storage, of course; it seems as though more and more companies are allowing us to store our digital treasures on their servers rather than our physical hard drives/computers. The latest company to ask for our goodies is Amazon
Amazon has announced their new Cloud Drive and Player for Web service! Customers receive 5gb of online storage space to unload their illegal music collection online though they can buy more space if they so desire; plucky pirates will then be able to listen to their ill gotten goods from anywhere they have Internet access too, regardless of the iPod, Blackberry, HTC EVO, or any other myriad of MP3 playing smartphones they already have.
I kid, I kid.
Those of you who actually buy music online (really?) from iTunes or Amazon *nudge nudge* will have a central location from which to access your music. Amazon will even be so kind as to scan your PC for music files—MP3 and AAC files only, boys and girls—using the Amazon MP3 Uploader, which uses Adobe Air (you’ll have to download and install it too). You can then download the MP3 files onto another computer or you can simply listen to your collection in a web browser using the Player for Web.
It’s not just music though; you can upload photos and documents as well. However, anything without a musical chord in it will ONLY be accessible through a browser.
So there you have it; blue skies aren’t where it’s at. Consumers want to sing in a digital downpour of cloud-based services, it seems. It sounds like a pretty cool service to use in conjunction with Evernote, Dropbox, and The Box. Is this the end of storage as we know it? Will we develop ADD with HDDs and SSDs? LOL. Nah. Not yet. I still like to keep my files where I can see ‘em, thank you very much.
But enough about me: what do you guys think about Amazon’s Cloud Drive and Player? Upload a comment so that we can save it in the Ecommerce Junkie Cloud.