Saturday, November 12, 2011

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive Review

By Travis Van Slooten

The world apparently needs another online backup storage solution and Amazon is the latest one to throw its hat into the fray. Named as the Amazon Cloud Drive, this no-frills online backup and storage service offers a simple way to store your important files and get access to them when needed.

But other than having the inimitable Amazon brand behind it, what else does Cloud Drive really bring to the table? For one, it's being marketed as a music locker more than anything else. With the convenience of being able to download purchased mp3 albums and tracks to almost any device these days, not many people can boast of having their music files organized in just one location.

With the Cloud Drive, users can easily upload their files to the cloud and stream the music online whenever they feel like it. The process is simplified further and made more convenient with the introduction of the Amazon Cloud Player, a music player app that does the streaming of MP3 or video files from the Cloud Drive straight to your web-enabled computer or Android device.

The first 5GB of storage is free and the paid plans - 20GB, 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, 500GB, 1000GB - cost about $1 per GB per year. If you purchase an MP3 album from Amazon, you get an upgrade to 20GB free for the first year. To make the deal even more enticing, any albums bought from Amazon (after you subscribe to Cloud Drive) will be stored in your account but will not be counted towards your paid storage quota.

But while the Amazon Cloud Drive may sound like the best thing that's ever happened to music storage, not all users - yes, even music fans - are that enthusiastic about it. First is the issue of bandwidth. To be able to play music continuously, you would have to be always connected and have a decent web connection at that. Not all enjoy that luxury. It would probably be a more practical idea to download some files while you have internet access and then play the music offline.

Second is the cost. With Amazon's current storage prices, there are many more online backup services that are cheaper. Plus, in its Terms of Use, Amazon states that they do not guarantee security or privacy while data is stored in their servers. This is contrary to what other backup service providers offer who swear by their security features.

At the end of the day, users will go for the backup solution that offers the features they can make most use of, and the service that will give them the best bang for their buck. Amazon Cloud Drive is indeed a novel service that attempts to target a specific group of backup users - the music lovers. The question now is whether these individuals will be able to justify the cost of subscribing for a separate music storage that lacks standard backup features, just to be able to organize their music collection efficiently.

If you're not convinced that this solution is the right one for you, then be sure to read the detailed Amazon Cloud Drive review here. You can also find online backup reviews of other popular services to help you choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.

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