As widely rumored over the last few days, Amazon has officially launched their cloud-based music storage service, appropriately enough titled Amazon Cloud Player. Unfortunately, the service leaves iOS users behind (for now), concentrating on the web and Android-based devices.
You’ve got to hand it to Amazon -- they’ve tried just about every angle in their battle to take down iTunes’ music dominance, including lower prices, digital exclusives and DRM-free tracks well before Apple finally made that a reality. So why is none of it working?
Buying music has always involved tough decisions. Rolling Stones or
Beatles? CD or LP? The mall or the indie record store with the cute
cashier? These questions have plagued music fans for decades, but the
iTunes Store changed everything. Thanks to its convenience, huge
catalog, and iPod-friendliness, iTunes now sells more music in the
United States than any other retailer, either online or
brick-and-mortar. But choices remain. iTunes competitors have sprung up
all over the Internet, clamoring for your dollars.