On storing your music in the cloud

Shawn Blanc:

Once I signed up and was ready to add music to my Amazon Cloud Drive I had to download their uploader. Once I had done that, it made me install Adobe AIR, then scanned my laptop for MP3s and playlists, compared what was on my computer with what I may already have in their Cloud (which at that time was nothing).

This sounds dreadful.

There is no way I'm installing Adobe AIR in my Mac ever again. I installed it back when all the Twitter apps needed it (Tweetdeck, Seesmic, Twhirl) and regretted it straight away after I started experiencing regular crashes. Of course, I can't be 100% sure it was Adobe AIR causing them, but they didn't happen before and stopped after I finally managed to get it off my system.

Shawn also mentions he uploaded a single album and it took 45 minutes. I can't even imagine how long it would take to upload an entire, multi-gigabyte library.

This idea of storing your music in the cloud has been all over the place. Amazon and Google have launched their services and Apple is rumoured to launch their iTunes Locker (or whatever they call it) soon. I have to admit I saw absolutely no need for this service and have been wondering what the fuss is all about. I'm perfectly happy keeping my music on my MacBook Pro and syncing it to my iPhone or iPod as needed. I've never felt the need to put music on my iPad, but that could be just me. And although I do keep my entire library on my old iPod as a back up, I couldn't imagine needing access to my entire music collection at all times.

That is, until I read Shawn's post where he writes:

The reason an iTunes locker sounds appealing to me is primarily because my iTunes library is on an external hard drive up in my office and I am currently writing downstairs on my couch.

Since I live in a small apartment, that never crossed my mind, but it's a valid point. It could also come in handy at a party when you want to play that specific song that you didn't sync. But even so, I don't really see this as a big deal. And after reading Shawn's experience with Amazon and his thoughts on Google Music it sounds like it's more trouble than it's worth.