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Amazon today launched its new Cloud Drive online storage service, alongside a new Cloud Player that allows users to play back music stored using the service. The Cloud Player supports both MP3 and AAC files, and can be accessed from any PC or Mac, as well as from Amazon’s MP3 app for Android; purchases made on Amazon’s MP3 store can be automatically added to the service and do not count against the user’s storage limit. Amazon is offering 5GB of storage for free, with higher storage capacities priced at $1 per GB per year. Notably, customers who purchase an album from the Amazon MP3 store receive 20GB of free storage for one year. The service makes Amazon the first among itself, Google, and Apple with a cloud-based music service; Apple is reportedly working on a such a service for introduction later this year.

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I love when Apple’s competitors pile on the pressure! Us consumers always reap the rewards.

Posted by Clint on March 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM (CDT)

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Amazon’s ToS doesn’t give you any privacy.  You might want to check out the article on ZDNet.  If you care, you might want to use DropBox or something else to store your files.

Posted by Geckoid on March 30, 2011 at 1:18 AM (CDT)

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“If you care, you might want to use DropBox or something else to store your files.”

DropBox, which runs on Amazon’s servers…

Yes, I’m sure that’s going to be a lot more private if someone wants to see your list of files.

If you store your files on someone else’s hardware, or even if you transfer your data through someone else’s hardware, unless you have encrypted it prior to transmission, it is a safe assumption that anyone with any slightly defensible legal interest in those files can gain access to your data and logs.

If you’re naive enough to believe in privacy AND cloud storage, well, I guess you still believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny. Our laws protect corporations first and foremost, the individual is merely a consumer, and if you want to play your music from anywhere, anytime you better be prepared that your list of files will be, at the least, compiled into an aggregate list and used for marketing studies.

The bottom line is that you simply do not upload anything to someone else’s hardware you expect to remain private. That goes for DropBox, Amazon, Google, or any other service there is.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on March 30, 2011 at 4:57 PM (CDT)

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