Working great for me over my 3G phone.
Working great for me over my 3G phone.
This thread made me figure out that Dropbox will play mp3s on my iphone. never knew that.
Andy Ihnatko says what I've been thinking:
Link.Apple versus Amazon is like Ali versus Frasier. This is two evenly-matched fighters and the outcome of their battle can only benefit consumers.
This is what Iíve been hoping for: a company with the skill, vision, clarity, and competence to truly compete with Apple. It wasnít going to be Google. It was never going to be Google. Iím grinning at the thought of how high these two companies can push each other. What a great time to be a geek and to be alive.
Of course, Amazon couldn't have made a neat Android app like that without Google making Android, and making it open enough that they can do that.
Which is sort of the whole point about openness: Apple's not competing against just Google or just Amazon; and they're not even competing against them separately and indvidually; they're competing against them all together, working to make the open platform awesome each in their own way, along with a zillion other companies.
(Not to mention how absurd it is to talk about how Google can't compete with Apple, when Android is actually outselling iPhone.)
Those of us who grew up in the 80's may recognize that Apple already fought the same basic fight before, and lost really bad.Apple's not competing against just Google or just Amazon; and they're not even competing against them separately and indvidually; they're competing against them all together, working to make the open platform awesome each in their own way, along with a zillion other companies.
I actually own both apple and google. :)
As Warren Buffet says, you would be foolish to stake your retirement on tech companies. They are fine for investment, but for retirement you want something more stable like Coca Cola.
You would be equally foolish to ignore tech companies when they can make you tons of money. And that's what they've done for me. If I was close to retirement i'd be more conservative in my investment, but as it stands I'm not regretting buying those two stocks at all.
As I said, as investments, they are great. As retirement funds, not so much. There is a difference, or at least there is a difference for me.
Keep it down, do you want Zylon/shift6 to see this thread?! Good god, man...
Why do I care? :)
Got an email today that Amazon has updated Cloud Player with some features that make it a tiny bit more competitive with iTunes.
While the size of the library isn't changing, they can now do the whole music match thing where, instead of uploading the actual MP3 files on your system, it instead matches them with items in their catalog and gives you access to the file, updating it to 256kb if the quality is worse.
There is a free version, but it's pretty limited in terms of storage. Their higher storage option is $25/year (same as iTunes Match), but of course the catalog is much smaller, so it's more likely you're going to have something songs that Amazon can't match.
So then... you can use Amazon's match service for free to scan all the music you illegally downloaded from napster or limewire or whatever over the years. It will figure out which songs they are, and give access to 250 of them at a time in perfect 256kbps quality. You can then upload those songs to Google Music, also, for free which has a capacity of 20,000 songs. Is that about right?
Edit: Jesus, it does exactly that. I have a cloud player premium account too, due to the promotion when they introduced it last year, so I can do my entire collection at once.
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I don't think it allows you to download the matched songs, does it? I think it just keeps a streamable copy in the cloud for you.
I haven't worked through your scenario exactly stusser, but I think you're right. And you can definitely download them, but I think you're limited to 500 at a time (which is a whole lot). I may actually try this with my collection of legal stuff that I originally converted at 128kb just to see how capable the free version is.
I've been wanting for a long time to convert my old tapes into mp3s as well. Hypothetically I should be able to transfer them to my system, have Amazon match them (assuming they're in the library), then download them. Not bad if it all works out.
Yeah, it works fine. I'm up to 3000 songs matched so far.
Well it's identical to iTunes match, except you save twenty-five bucks. So it's not a new concept, the price just dropped infinity percent.
My iPod Touch just went from having available a tiny subset of the music on my iPod Classic to having a large superset. Pretty cool.
Did anyone else have a problem getting the importer to work? I think there are Flash and browser issues, but I finally got it to work. I am not too terribly upset about the 3 hours of my life I lost because the service is the bomb.
This service sounds nice and works fine for familiar acts, but I've already lost a few songs when Amazon overwrote them with something entirely different. I was surprised when my update list showed that the Amazon upgraded some of my Border Down (import Dreamcast shooter) songs, only to find it's now reggae thanks to this new service.