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.
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.