Amazon Cloud Player Useless For Music, But Interesting As A Free Cloud LockerMar 29th, 2011 | By James Lewin | Category: Podcasting Services, Reviews
The big news today is that Amazon has released a new cloud-based music service, Amazon Cloud Player.
The service gives any Amazon customer a free 5GB Internet locker for storing music. Amazon provides a free uploader and both Web-based and Android clients.
Files are securely stored on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
Amazon Cloud Player Pretty Useless For Music
While the focus of Amazon’s announcement is on music, it’s actually pretty useless for storing and using your music.
It’s free and pretty simple to use, but uploading 5 GB of music will take all day, for most users, because of the limitations of current broadband connections. The Uploader estimates that it would take over a week to upload my 70 GB library of music and podcasts.
Most users interested in storing their music libraries online will immediately max out the 5 GB free space. And for what it costs to host a decent-sized music library online for a couple of years, you could buy an MP3 player.
Because of these issues, Amazon’s Cloud Player is interesting as a proof of concept, but less useful than the technology it’s based upon, Amazon Cloud Drive.
Amazon Cloud Drive
When you upload music to Cloud Player, it’s stored in your Cloud Drive:
Think of Cloud Player as a trojan horse for Cloud Drive and Amazon’s service makes a lot more sense and could actually prove useful for podcasters.
Cloud Drive lets you upload and manage more than music – pictures, videos and other documents. This makes it a useful free tool for backing up work in progress or for making your files available from anywhere you want in a secure manner.
This will get really interesting if Amazon releases content apps for Cloud Drive that let you do things like record audio, video or photos and upload them directly to the cloud.
If you’ve tried Cloud Player and Cloud Drive, let us know what you think. Is it useful for music? Are you going to use it as a free cloud-based storage locker?