Amazon launches Amazon Cloud Player.. Apple already far behind?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by this is funah, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. this is funah macrumors 6502

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    http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/03/29/amazon.cloud.mashable/

     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Not being first-to-market means they're "far behind"?
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Already at least 2 other threads floating around.
     
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Apple didn't have the first mp3 player on the market either, and we know how the iPod turned out. Cloud-based computing has been mentioned for years. Being the first doesn't mean you are the best-implemented. Time will tell.
     
  5. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    What I think is funny about this, is there is no mention of Microsoft at all!
     
  6. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Now you see that's exactly why I am suspicious of this cloud based stuff.

    Difficult to keep track of. ;)
     
  7. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Ha..... Hmm.. conspiracy theories are already starting to float around. That didn't take very long!
     
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    I hope the improved MobileMe adds a similar functionality. But yes, Apple are getting behind. They aren't far. A bit of maintenance on iTunes, the iTunes Store and a cloud thingy added to MobileMe and Apple will be back up to speed.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    MS has struggled to move off the workstation based paradigm. They're unable to put together a decent OS for tablets, so far sales of win7 phones are lack luster and they seem to be spinning their wheels on the cloud. I think Ballmer lacks the vision to move the company from reactive to proactive.


    For what ever reason MobileMe is the red headed step child of apple. They always try to improve it but fail by and large. The latest attemp (going to .me) has been better then prior attempts but still, no where what the competition is offering. iDisk is pathetically slow, the web hosting is not even worth doing at this point, only offering simple static pagse. Email seems to be improving as does iCal.

    I'm hoping to see some major improvements but I'm also worried they'll finally give the heave ho to all .mac email address and force those of us who still have .mac to use .me
     
  10. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you already do this by buying music off of iTunes and throwing it on your DropBox?
     
  11. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Yes. It would be possible on iDisk as well if it wasn't so slow.
     
  12. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    I love how people on a Mac Rumours forum still don't get this. Being the first doesn't mean being the best. Apple wants to be the best.
     
  13. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

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    I'm am Amazon.com customer so I just started using the Cloud Drive. It's pretty interesting, but the Drive Manager needs a lot of work. F.e., if you want to browse to add folders it gives you the most basic browse dialog that doesn't even have any search capability. You literally have to drill down all the way. That's very BETA. I get the feeling it's very rushed right now and they simply wanted to beat everyone to market.
     
  14. Sined macrumors member

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    I don't really care for this, I'm not going to waste data playing music when I can have it on my iPhone already.
     
  15. Melrose Suspended

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    I completely agree. Despite the fact that Amazon automatically puts your purchased MP3's into your Cloud, until upload speeds can make it QUICK AND EASY AND CHEAP to upload 30GBs of my music, I have no interest in really using it. eg, I don't buy enough music from Amazon to justify using it - and uploading a single playlist with maybe 30 songs takes over an hour - but on any given day I'm bopping around in a 90+ song playlist or going from one playlist to another...

    It's a great start, it really is, but it takes such a huge time investment to get it up to speed with my Personal Music Ecosystem it won't actually be useful. For me. In many ways, it's very similar to subscription music services, except that here, you don't have to pay for the music but for the space, and while you already have all the music - which you can upload at exorbitant cost of time - the easiest way is to buy into it by purchasing all your music from Amazon (which if you buy a lot of music online, can be great) or re-purchasing the music you otherwise would have to wait hours to upload.

    ...Strike Two for me is that's it's not integrated to iTunes/iPod (for me, that's a bad thing.. for others it might be a big plus). I take my iPod to work everyday and play it on my workstation through iTunes or directly through earbuds - I don't have to have any software open at all if I don't want to.
     
  16. Liquorpuki macrumors 68020

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    Apple has had MobileMe on the market for X number of years already and it's been crap every year
     

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