Cloud Based Music? No Thanks.
Amazon announced last week a new Cloud Based Music service. Okay, actually it’s not really a music service but a web based file storage service. When you buy a song from Amazon, your MP3 file will automagically be saved in their “Cloud”. You can also store any of your personal MP3s, Pictures, Movies, or other documents there. This sounds great because you don’t have to worry about your files being lost and you can access them from anywhere on the Internet.
Anywhere? No not really anywhere. Because like me, you probably work at a company that is bound and determined to block all streaming media services (YouTube, Pandora), social media (Facebook), and web based email systems (Gmail). Now I guess that not everyone works under such draconian regimes whose goal in life is to cut you off from your personal life and get more work out of you. But several companies are trying to create “Cloud” based music services (including Apple and Google). That all sounds good, but it won’t help me a bit because I can’t access any of it when I’m at work. And that’s where I really need it.
I understand why more and more companies are moving to block different parts of the internet. Bandwidth isn’t cheap and when all of your employees are streaming music from Pandora, it’s bound to start bogging down the network for actual work related stuff. Someday perhaps the series of pipes that make up the Internets will be big enough that companies won’t have to worry about it. But until then, I’m not going to worry about storing my music in the cloud. But hey, that’s just my two cents. What do you think?