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Where’s Your Music Collection? Look Up In The Cloud

Remember the days of rifling through your living room shelves to find a great CD to play?  Or maybe you’d buy one of those plastic tree stands with the slots in it  that stores 200 of the latest and greatest Country CDs that feature music you heard on WGNA?  Can you say OLD SCHOOL?-

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
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Make way for the newest trend.  Cloud storage.  That’s where you pay a subscription and some server somewhere stores your music, so no matter where you are on planet earth, as long as there is an internet connection or cellphone service, you’ll be tappin’ your toes in no time.

It looks like Amazon is the first to give this a big push.  According to the Los Angeles Times-

The new service allows users to store their music library into an Amazon Cloud Drive (which can store other types of files and data too) and playback their music using Amazon’s Cloud Player which is available on the Web and in the form of an app for Google Android phones and tablets.

It is pretty convenient, you have to admit, as long as you have a smart phone and or a computer, you’re good to go.

It’s amazing that someone FINALLY beat Apple to the punch on something, although I hear that something similar may be in the works for them as well.

Just a few observations on my part, for what it’s worth.

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A.  It is convenient,once again, to be able to just start playing your collection with your phone from your car, on a boat, in your house, at work (that’ll sure thrill the boss!)

B.   On the flipside of this, does it mean that you have to upload all of your music to this locker thing?  I heard it can take DAYS to get it all loaded!  What computer on planet earth can sit there running for days online uploading things and not crash multiple times?

C.  Doesn’t this also presume that you’ll always be around some internet connection to get full use of your stuff?  If I want to hear Zack Brown RIGHT now, I would think there would be better ways to ensure that I won’t have any hassles hearing it.  (Hell, just email Kevin Richards on his Country Cafe request show or Lou Roberts on Cryin’, Lovin’ or Leavin’-I’m sure they’ll play Zack if you have a good enough reason).   (OK guys. That’ll be 20 bucks each for advertising your shows on my blog!)

I love technology, don’t get me wrong.  And I like that fact that you aren’t clogging up your own hard drive with all this music.  But I’m alittle leery of trusting  cloud computing until I see it in action.  But on the OTHER, OTHER hand, I’ve always been a big believer that you better start embracing the new technology or you’ll be left behind, so I’m trying to stay open minded.

Do you like the idea of having all your digital belongings in some “cloud” somewhere?  How about privacy issues?  Would love to know how you feel.

Well, it’s getting toward noon.  I’m going to bribe Kevin to play “Toes” when his request show comes on.  With all this snow coming, all I can think of is frostbitten “Toes”.   Good luck with this storm.    I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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