Amazon and Music

Amazon goes big with unlimited cloud music storage ($20/year) and iPad optimized web player | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence

Amazon today announced unlimited storage for music in its cloud drive.  The catch is you have to upgrade your overall Cloud storage (also includes Docs, Pictures, movies, etc) to the 20GB plan which is $20 per year.  Once you do that, you can upload “Unlimited” amounts of music and play it anywhere.

I’m not sure I get the appeal of what Amazon is offering here. I have to upload all my music to the cloud drive and then I can…stream it? If I had vast amounts of music that wouldn’t be practical to take portably, I could potentially see the utility, but the reality is that much of music listening is mobile, and a streaming solution isn’t really practical yet (certainly not one that requires a web browser). There are always dead zones and the whole process is generally slow and cumbersome. It makes more sense, unless you have a really mammoth collection, to store the music locally on your portable device.

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