Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Who's been a busy boy then?

clouddrive

Amazon have been busy over the last few weeks introducing new services. First they launched the Amazon App Store and then this week they launched a new service called Amazon Cloud Drive.

What is Amazon Cloud Drive? Well Amazon have defined it as:

“Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard drive in the cloud. Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon's secure servers. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer.”

Does that sound good? How about if all users get 5GB of storage free with the option to buy more space should you need it. Does that sound better? Best of all, it is available to all Amazon users. One area that does not seem to have been addressed is a Dropbox like real time syncing between local folders and your Cloud Drive. Without it, updating large numbers of files to your account is going to be very annoying.

appstore

The aforementioned Amazon App Store is not available here in Ireland. Sure you can download the app itself and gain access to the store, but if you try to buy anything, even the free apps, you can’t. A nice message tells you it is not available in your area.

amazonmp3

Amazon also released the Amazon MP3 App. This app allows users to access any music purchased in the Amazon MP3 Store or any MP3 files uploaded to the users Cloud Drive. Unfortunately, just like the Amazon App Store, it too is unavailable here in Ireland.

So, apart from the issues I have pointed out, Amazons new services all sound fantastic to me. Hopefully they will get these problems sorted out sooner rather than later.

Until then, I’ll stick with Dropbox.

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