As you probably know, Amazon recently launched their cloud music service which allows you to upload your music to their servers and either download or stream it down to your phones, laptops and other internet gadgets. You get 5 GB of space free (only in 2011 though) and if you buy just one MP3 album by end of 2011 you get a free upgrade to 20 GB. Many business experts will tell you that in order to compete with already established companies on the market you have to offer a much better and cheaper service, or change the entire paradigm. I believe this is what Amazon just did, getting to it before Google.
So naturally, when a relative from Argentina who lives in Malaysia posted a question on Facebook, searching for a good download music service I recommended Amazon, only to discover that it is so far only available here in the USA. A cousin from France then replied (I know, isn’t Skype, Facebook and the Internet wonderful – you are all of the sudden connected to everybody you know around the world) and asked why would they with 66 GB of their music saved on their Mac, want to use Amazon Cloud music service when they already move it to iPhone as they wish. A very good question and the answer may be interesting to everybody: The main reason is that you cannot carry all your music with you on iPhone because of its limited capacity. Moreover, if you’re like me, you probably want to have more free space on your phone available for photos, recording videos, installing games, saving files, notes, etc., and that leads us to the elegance of Amazon’s solution: once you upload your music or buy it from Amazon, you have the ability to virtually immediately listen to ANY AND ALL of the songs you have (yes, you can upload any amount for an appropriate fee) without running out of space on your phone (be it iPhone or Android). Of course, if you expect to go to a desert island or another area without adequate network data coverage you can download the most important songs to your phone for standalone playback. In any other normal cell data network situation you can either stream your music to your phone/laptop, or download it to any iPhone and Android phone or laptop without having to worry about dragging a computer with iTunes and music files and a cable with you.
This idea is not new because I used to subscribe to Rhapsody’s service with millions of available songs, but I canceled it because its app’s performance was even worse on Android than it was on the iPhone, and it was pretty buggy on iPhone.
Another reason to use Amazon instead of iTunes is that according to my experience it is easier to find some rare gems on it than on iTunes. A reason against it though, would be that as a huge Beatles fan I still can’t find any of their original albums on Amazon, while Apple has been bragging about their music being available on iTunes for a while. But true fans like me already have their favorite albums on CDs and mp3s.
Finally, it’s always refreshing to be able to get away from the limiting grip of iTunes software, which is in my opinion one of the biggest resource hogs aside from Adobe’s software. However, I have been already enjoying the freedom and transferring my mp3 and other music, photo and video files through either direct cable connection, over WiFi via ES File Explorer, or via Dropbox since I jumped ship from iPhone to Android in late 2010.