Thursday, March 31, 2011

Music Lockers Are DoA, But Maybe That's Besides The Point

It's hard to see how music lockers like Amazon's have much of a future, at least at the moment.  As wireless carriers try hard to cut back bandwidth consumption, streaming music seems like one of the first places that consumers will forgo.  After all, most smartphones today can carry your whole music collection easily for most consumers.  And for those who do want streaming music, services like Pandora are much less hassle and basically free.

So what's the point?  It may just be to push the envelope in the industry, opening up the way for a much broader licensing model and forcing the RIAA into a more rational approach.

Your vault, in the cloud (but lighter).  Photo by Ostograd.

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