Amazon’s ‘Cloud Drive’ angers music industry

The world’s least biggest fan of the Internet — the music industry — is arguing a new service provided by online retail giant Amazon is depriving them of millions in cash.

Who would have thought a kitten with headphones could cause so much trouble?

Who would have thought a kitten with headphones could cause so much trouble?

Today, Amazon began offering “Cloud Drive,” which lets users upload 5 gigabytes of music (more than 1,000 songs) to the company’s servers for free. The music can then be listened to from multiple devices — smartphones, computers and pretty much anything with an Internet connection.

Amazon launched the service before securing any licensing deals, according to a Reuters article.

“I’ve never seen a company of their size make an announcement, launch a service and simultaneously say they’re trying to get licenses,” said one music executive.

The shriveling music industry better load up on lawyers, other giants (Google in May, Apple in June) are allegedly going to offer similar services soon. I’m not a bettering man, but if Google, Apple and Amazon are on one side of an argument, you are probably going to lose.

I think “Cloud Drive” is a great idea. Those who’ve had an iPod with thousands of songs on it go bad will agree.

11 comments Add your comment


March 30th, 2011
1:55 am

You think its’ a good idea because you know nothing about the music business and how songwriters like me have been getting our music stolen, money out of our pockets, for over a decade now. If we’re lucky and get a song cut on a major album we get… 9 cents.. for each album sold. That’s right, if and album happens to sell a million copies (extremely rare these days” we make all of $90,000 split with our co-writer and publisher. After taxes and splits, a million seller will make the songwriter between $20,000-$35,000. Kids and many adults have no right stealing my royalties. I wouldn’t still their BurgerKing paycheck.


March 30th, 2011
2:08 am

The Internet has created an environment in which we expect free entertainment and information. The problem is that real entertainment (not the YouTube 15 second funny) takes creative talent. Real news requires analysis which is rooted in knowledge and experience. Will the expectation for free information and entertainment ultimately kill creativity? Probably not because artists will always produce art – but this may well be an unintended consequence of the Internet – killing creativity.


March 30th, 2011
2:56 am

Cloud Drive is NOT about “sharing” music with others; it’s like Google Docs, but for music. A way for YOU to have easy online access to YOUR music files. It’s in no way shape or form anything like torrents.
Logitech offers the same service with it’s Squeezebox things, and people aren’t screaming about THAT, are they?
Cloud Drive will not add to or diminish album sales.
I’m sorry for Eddie and other musicians who don’t have huge mega support from the labels; it does seem like a tough job with little pay at the end of the day.


March 30th, 2011
4:45 am

Riddle me this… If I paid for and own the music that I store on someone else’s hard drive but is only accessible to me (that’s all this is) how is that stealing? It’s my fecking music, I paid for, it and I should be able to store it and listen to it on whatever device I choose. Anyone who expects me to by four or five CD’s of the same album for each device I have is nuts. I should be able to store it anywhere I want. What’s the difference between a remotely accessed networked drive that I maintain at home and one that someone else maintains for me elsewhere? Do you just not understand technology? As far as how much an artists gets from the record company.. wake up. That paradigm changed last century. Sorry you couldn’t be Fleetwood Mac. Market it on the internet and start performing live like a real musician or else deal the the reality of this century like everyone else with a clue. It’s work now, just like it once was.


March 30th, 2011
9:23 am

I see the music industry blog moles are all over this one. Here is something for them to chew on:
“Sony had created its copyright protection software, in part, using LAME code, violating the GNU Lesser General Public License, and VLC code … violating the GNU General Public License.”


March 30th, 2011
11:40 am

Well if you are only getting 9 cents per album sale sounds like the record company is ripping you off.

Old Geezer

March 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

Eddie, make good music and people will pay a crap load more than 9 cents to see you perform live. Performing live is where the money is at now.


April 1st, 2011
7:42 am

Also, next time Artist A wants the rights to one of your songs – do a little more negotiating – if it’s a great song and the artist wants to use it – “their people” will make sure it happens.

Don’t blame the digital media for the loss of revenue – the labels are the reason for the bootlegging of music – the giant cash cow they once had complete control of is gone – play the game with the folks trying to get your music out there or get out of the business. With out the digital distributors, your product is not going to sell. You guys should have been a little bit ahead of the curve – Napster didn’t have it all wrong back in the day – as we are now finding out!

neal kelley

April 1st, 2011
9:28 am

give me break. I know about the music industry. Shelving this idea is NOT going to stop people from stealing your music. First lower the damn prices. Why are we paying .99 cent per download. When an CD cost about 15 dollars. Second Start making music that is worth purchasing. Most of the crap out there is worthless rehashed crap. Get creative, Get with technology, and leave the main stream record labels that have been sticking it to the artist / producers for years!


April 6th, 2011
9:19 am

Okay so if the music business is paying you Eddie like you worked at Burger King and that’s not acceptable, get a new gig. The reality is with technical advancements coming to the market there are adverse affects on some industries. Is in the business of the business to make themselves profitable and innovate the services or products they bring to the market. Crying about you only making a piece of money for a piece of work you have done is just simple.

Everything is changing which is the only constant we can depend on especially in a global economy like we currently find ourselves. If you want to eat, you will find a new trade or make the one you in more profitable meanwhile I DON’T buy music unless its bootleg. sorry but that’s just the way it is… I have most movies in the theaters now on disk and it was a lot cheaper paying $10 for 4 movies/cds than paying $50 dollars for 3 hours at the movies with my family.

This isn’t what this site is about but it is what the industry is about now.


April 6th, 2011
11:30 am

Back in the day, you bought a tape, and it played in your boom box, and your car tape player, and your walkman. You bought the music, it was yours. Today, I have to buy a song 3 different times to be able to listen to it all the places and ways I want to. If I buy music, it should be mine, not to share – I very much don’t believe in sharing music with others, but I should be able to listen to it where and how I want to.