Cloudy, but Bright, Outlook for Music Storage

If you haven’t noticed on your recent trips to Target, physical music storage has started to disappear.  It used to be that as you strolled the CD aisles, multiple CD towers would be available for purchase so you could store your collection of Denny Martin CDs with pride (not that you should) or you could find the perfect CD binder for your car that said “I love punk rock” while keeping a modern sensibility.  The idea of storage is changing not just in our industry, but in the music industry as well.

Cloud-based storage isn’t something that should be considered only for businesses’ data, but for the everyday consumer’s media.  How great would it be if you could access your music collection from anywhere in the world? NPR ran a story on this exact topic earlier this week.

From “Music In The Sky: What’s Next For Cloud-Based Music Services”:

“Essentially, the service would act as online storage space for your music, providing a means to access an entire music library from remote locations via the internet. As [NPR reporter Laura] Sydell says, “The cloud is online, not on your hard drive.” Unlike such already existing services as Rhapsody, that allow you to access millions of songs online for a fee, users would be able to upload CDs they bought to Google’s Sound Cloud. “As long as you have an internet-connected device,” says Sydell, “you would have access to all your music.”

The full article and audio story is available here:

In your opinion, is this a viable option for the cloud? Will record companies agree to such innovation? Let me know in the comments.


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