5:45pm

Tue March 29, 2011
All Songs Considered Blog

Why Put Your Music In The Cloud?

Amazon.com announced a new service today that will let you store your music on their servers so that you can access it anywhere. Well, sort of. Android users have an application for their portable devices. iPhone users don't. Also, there's a 5 GB limit before Amazon charges you for extra storage. My collection — and I know I'm not the average user — would cost about $200 a year to store in Amazon's cloud-based media server. They call it Cloud Drive. There's a well done FAQ on NPR Music's news blog, The Record.

Personally, I'm having trouble figuring out why I'd want to do this. An offsite backup is a great idea for my library, but the cost is out of control compared to buying a hard drive and putting it in a safe place. The idea of my music where and when I want it seems appealing, but I'm already carrying 30 GB in my pocket. Money-wise, what's the convenience worth? Certainly not $200 a year to store my 180 gig collection. But all things point to cloud-based storage. There's been lots of buzz about Apple announcing a similar service very soon. But why? And will you do it?

Take this quick poll; if you are excited about a cloud-based music service then tell me why in the comments. Take a look what Amazon is doing and tell me if there is or maybe was (Lala) a better service and what features would make it attractive. I look forward to this conversation. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.