Mobile Technology

This blog is generally about mobile technology, concentrated on the Android/Chrome OS arena. However, there will be other topics delved into from time to time.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Amazon's Cloud Drive

I have become more and more of a fan of cloud computing as more devices and OS's and other technologies embrace it. One thing that the cloud computing crowd has been clamoring for is a way to not only store your MP3s in the cloud, but to stream them. Google and Apple have been working towards that very thing for a while now.

Early this week Amazon announced it's Cloud Drive. A cloud storage service that includes the ability to stream to any number of devices from Cloud Drive's cloud storage. Some features include:

  • Web player for streaming MP3s, and an Android player too
  • 5 GB of free storage
  • 20 GB of free storage for 1 year when you buy a MP3 album from Amazon
  • Amazon purchased MP3s do not count against your storage total
  • Graduated rates for additional storage, all fairly reasonable
One complaint I have is that uploading of MP3s isn't the easiest. You have to manually create an artist folder (say Aerosmith), and then a folder for each album under Aerosmith (Toys In The Attic for instance). They should allow you to select a folder and then create the folder structure for you. However, one cool feature is that Amazon uses album info, once it recognizes the album, to arrange the tracks in the album order.

It also will convert any WMAs to MP3s IF Amazon sells that album in MP3 format. If not then you are forced to upload in MP3 format since the player appears to be incompatible with WMAs.

Still in its infancy, I am sure everything will get better over time.