So, because I already buy all my mp3s from Amazon... I signed up for the Cloud Drive mostly to back up my purchases.
It will also allow me to listen to something other than Pandora at work (bonus!) and I assume eventually on my Android phone (having trouble getting the Cloud Ap right now).
I don't see any reason to back up my ENTIRE music collection, but I find it to be a nice bonus backup.
Additionally it allows me to purchase music from computers other than my home computer and then download them from my Cloud Drive later, but listen to them immediately. New purchases don't count towards your total space used either.
I found the uploading interface slow and a little buggy. I managed to upload about a gig and then it fritzed and lost the que I had set to upload. Hopefully they get that ironed out soon.
Since I was signed up for Cloud and then bought one of the $5 albums for the month-- it automatically upgraded me to 20 gigs of space for a full year for free. Kinda snazzy even if I'm not sure I have that much stuff I want to upload.
I've been playing with the Cloud this weekend and overall the experience has been pretty sweet. Used the up loader program to put the songs in the Cloud and boom good to go. I wish there were more options on how search/choose songs to upload, right now it's just artist/titles but still it is a very nice simple layout that works.
Today I updated the Amazon MP3 player app for the Android. It is much cleaner and user friendly than the old one. It now divides in two tabs, Cloud and In phone. In my Sprint 3G service the Cloud did not work properly, always stated network error. Switched to WiFi and 4G and it work very nicely, actually used it all day today and no buffering in WiFi at all. I would like to hear if/how it works in ATT and Verizon 3G since they have faster speeds. Again for a free service of a big company, it is a great App and the opening of the future that many companies have been promising for the past few years. Time for Google and Apple to step up to the plate
Uploading UI glitches aside (which I haven't revisited because I generally try to not upload things while Aaron is trying to use the internet), I really like it.
Sound quality is good. Not having buffering problems or skips. The organization of albums/artists/songs etc once you get them in Cloud is miles above iTunes (not that that's saying much) and intuitive.
I hope Amazon wins this one. I've always thought it was stupid I couldn't re-download songs I owned and the seller knew I owned to other devices. I mean I can do that with ebooks and audio books, why shouldn't I be able to do it with my music?
I also shudder to think what will happen if the music industry manages to get a judge to say that users don't have a right to store music on cloud drives in general-- that would be really really annoying. That would effectively prevent you from backing up files via things like Dropbox.
EVO users, there is a known issue with Multimedia streaming, hence why I'm not able to stream in 3G it seems, the Amazon App prompted the notification which was great, now I will call Sprint to see what can be done.
Everything else is working great! Buying an album soon to upgrade to 20GB
Thread ahead: Amazon.com MP3 Download Top 100 Bestsellers -- April 10, 2011 Next thread: New Music Tuesday (4/12/11): 1515 CDs, Vinyl &c. Previous thread: New Music Tuesday (4/5/11): too many for my script to work, apparently
I always thought the comparison to U2 wasn't so much musically (though they both play "earnest pop music") but in that both bands are from the same (broadly speaking) geographic area and are both very open about their political motivations.