Amazon has been keeping the music industry busy this week after the launch of the Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. Shortly after the release, beating Yahoo, Google and others to the punch, the music industry started saying, WTF? Amazon has no licenses to be streaming music!
Streaming music licenses are supposedly in negotiation with Amazon, but to be quite honest, I don’t think it’s necessary. Let’s review the situation. Quite simply, I can upload my music collection to my Amazon Cloud Drive. The drive itself is arranged like a user folder in Windows with folders for documents, music, video and more. Now, the music I uploaded came from a variety of sources. They are all MP3 formatted files.
Now, if I purchase music from Amazon, it’s downloaded to my PC through the Amazon MP3 Downloader app and also stored on my Cloud Drive. Then, via any web browser or the Android Cloud Player App (with integrated MP3 store access), I can playback my files.
So far, there has not been any mention of sharing folders with other users, and if there was, I can see the music industries concern, but realistically, you aren’t going to give out your Amazon account password to anyone so they can gain access to your music library.
The music on my Cloud Drive is my digital property. It doesn’t belong to Amazon. When I play it back, it’s no different than playing off a local hard drive or flash drive. It’s mine. I’m not STREAMING.
I’m the that the music industry and Amazon will work this out — but I really don’t see why there is any reason to require ANY additional licensing.
If you haven’t gotten an Amazon Cloud Drive yet, sign up today! The music industry should be thankful for innovative services like this from Amazon — Music Execs need all the help they can get!