Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Cloud Storage Jungle

I hope you'll excuse this non-artist related post; it still deals with music though, so it counts, right?  I actually was a little hesitant to post about this, but on the surface it seems like a really cool way to stream the music you legally own / buy.  In case you haven't guessed by now, I'm talking about the new service launched by Amazon called Amazon Cloud Drive.

I read about it on Lifehacker this morning, and was impressed: they offer you immediately 5gb of storage for free, and upon purchasing an album from Amazon, you get another 20gb right away.  And any music you purchase from now on gets automatically stored on your Cloud Drive, but doesn't count against your storage.  Now that is pretty neat.

My only issue with Amazon's MP3 store is that it's limited to the US (or at least, being in Canada, I'm not allowed to purchase anything - not even $0 albums).  However, from everything I've read and heard from people who use it, the store is quite good and many times a better alternative to iTunes.  So, if you aren't in Canada and are able to buy MP3s from Amazon, you may want to check out Cloud Drive - it even has what they call a "Cloud Player" (I think that's what it's called) that lets you stream your music over the web or an Android device.

And if you want to support some independant artists who got their start releasing their music for free, here are some links to their albums on Amazon's MP3 store.
There's a whole lot more where that came from, but those are just a few that I recommend supporting.  Happy browsing!

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