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Amazon Beats Rivals With Cloud Drive Launch

By March 29, 2011

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Things are certainly hotting up in the cloud with news that Amazon has now launched its online media locker, Cloud Drive. Last week, an article by CNET, revealed that Amazon was in the process of adding the final touches to its online storage space. Now Amazon has launched its Cloud Drive with 5Gb of free space. Interestingly, the content that you can store isn't limited to just purchases of Amazon digital products like music (Amazon MP3), books, and movies, but also other important files that you want to keep safe on the Internet. If you purchase digital music from Amazon MP3, the good news is that your music will be stored for free and won't count towards the 5Gb limit. As a sweetener, Amazon are also offering to upgrade a Cloud Drive account to 20Gb with the purchase of an album.

Amazon is the first big online retailer of digital products to offer cloud storage. As you may know, other major online retailers are also in the process of developing their own version of private locker space. This news will come as a big surprise to many as Apple and Google were regarded as the front runners in the race to be first to launch streaming cloud storage solutions. However, Amazon has now claimed pole position in the cloud and it will now be interesting to see how fast Apple and Google can catch up.

There's no question that more and more people are discovering the benefits of using online storage. It's a good storage solution for remotely backing up an expensive media collection and also guarding against a disaster such as fire or theft; these two catastrophic events would most likely cause significant loss. Another advantage of online lockers that use streaming media is that you can enjoy your digital music wherever you may be -- some services even provide free music apps in order to use your mobile device like the iPhone, etc.

For more information on storing your media on the Internet, be sure to read our Cloud Storage articles.

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