giants have either launched, or are in the process of launching cloud-based
storage services for music, media and documents. Fierce competition has moved
to the digital world in regards to music especially, and none of the big
players want to be left behind.
released its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player in March, which
offers 5 GB of online storage for free. It also saves MP3's from Amazon's store
automatically to the cloud along with other uploaded files like music, photos,
movies and documents. Amazon customers can also upgrade to 20 GB for one year
through the purchase of an MP3 album from Amazon.com. But Amazon
encountered legal issues
with record labels when it failed to obtain new licensing
rights. Amazon has since met with these labels to discuss legal matters.
was expected to launch a cloud storage service as early as last Christmas, but
held off due to its licensing-related search for a subscription service.
Currently, Google is still in talks with Warner Music Group, EMI Group,
Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. In addition, reports have
noted that a change in upper management may be contributing to the delay. On
April 1, Larry Page, co-founder of Google, became chief executive while Eric
Schmidt was moved up to executive chairman.
is stepping into the cloud storage ring with a completed online
music storage locker that reportedly will be released before Google's cloud
system, and reports are saying that Apple will call it
iCloud. This tip comes from the rumor that Apple may
be the recent buyer of the domain iCloud.com.
online music storage system will allow iTunes users to store music on a remote
server and access it from several different devices.
was originally owned by Xcerion, which is a Sweden-based desktop-as-a-service
company. Recently, Xcerion renamed its service CloudMe and bought the domain
CloudMe.com on April 5.
anonymous source, who is close to Xcerion, said Apple bought the domain iCloud.com
from Xcerion for $4.5 million.
quote: Apple's punishment was the brink of bankruptcy, finding themselves stuck between a lawsuit which would in essence see the fate of the entire company.Once Steve Jobs returned to the helm, and Apple were safe in the knowledge that Microsoft would purchase $150m of shares in the company, and continue to develop Office for Mac, the company knew it had to change tact in order to survive. It couldn't continue to solely fight Microsoft.That change of tact paid off in droves, through not being a direct competitor to Microsoft in many markets. Sure, Microsoft have delved into those markets since, but have never really committed themselves to any of them until Windows Phone.
quote: Unlike Apple which is firing on all cylinders Microsoft seems a bit tired and jaded. It is still almost wholly dependent on ancient product lines such as Windows and Office (which make a lot of money but are products based on old markets and paradigms) and which has, other than in server related products for the enterprise, failed to make significant profits in any new field after two decades of trying.
quote: Let's not forget, that while Apple is in the limelight for its continued successes, Microsoft is working in the background sucking up many other markets that Apple is unable to compete in.
quote: You seem to think that Microsoft will continue to rely on this strategy until they fade away. You couldn't be further form the truth. All I have to say is watch this space.
quote: Now when we look at from that perspective, it is now Apple with all of their eggs in the consumer basket, while Microsoft are the ones that are immensely successful in the business sector, just touching the iceberg of the consumer market.