Lady Gaga and Cloud Storage

I have a dirty little secret to admit. I bought the new Lady Gaga album the other day.

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

Now that I have you concerned about my musical taste, let me tell you why I actually bought it.

I bought it for $.99 through Amazon so I could get 20 Gigs of free cloud storage with their new service. Resting a little easier now? I figured it was the cheapest way possible to obtain my free 20 Gigs. And, it was also a good opportunity to test out the service itself.

I’m not big into digital music. I feel like it is too easy to lose. If your hard drive crashes, you’re done. It has always scared me. I’d much rather have a physical disk as backup. So, the idea of purchasing something I’m really interested in didn’t appeal to me. At this point, I’d rather have it on cd.

So, when Amazon announced they were running the $.99 promotion with the new Lady Gaga album I thought it was the perfect opportunity to see if a digital locker, or cloud storage, was going to change my opinion about digital music.

After just a few moments of use, I have to say I like the system. It could be the answer to some of my digital music concerns. Cloud storage does seem a little more permanent and less likely to experience data loss.

There is one potentially large issue that could come back to bite users of this service though. And it worries me a little. Amazon didn’t secure agreements with the recording industry before launching the service. I’m not sure what that will mean, but it’s something that holds me back a little.

Also, I worry about the possibility of the service going down at times, or experiencing heavy traffic. What will that mean for users? And, of course you have to worry about the amount of data you’re using. You don’t want to be billed by your cell phone provider for exceeding data limits.

A few more issues will have to be addressed before I feel completely comfortable joining the digital music revolution, but I do like the potential I’m seeing. I’m anxiously awaiting opportunities to check out Music beta by Google, and the forthcoming iTunes offering. In the meantime however, I guess I have that new Lady Gaga album to listen to.

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