Originally Posted by nim81
I just don't think this - or any similar offering from Apple - is going to work out for a few years.
It would be great to be able to stream your music collection on the move and avoid the need for large capacity phones, but the infrastructure just isn't there with the phone networks.
I can barely listen to a low-quality internet radio station on the way to work without it continually buffering every few minutes, so I don't fancy entrusting my MP3 collection into the cloud.
This sort of service is probably the future, but to be honest I think we're still 5 years away from it being a realistic proposition. Given how poor the coverage of 3G still is outside of urban areas, you'd have to hope that the introduction of 4G networks is a lot more widespread for any cloud based mobile services to take off.
I don't know what Amazon is doing nor what Apple is planning, but I agree in general. Streaming your own content is no go for most of the world, for smartphones and tablets. 3G cannot handle it. WiFi at home... maybe, depending on the service. The demand for bandwidth is insatiable.
What *is* important though is to be able to get your songs from anywhere onto your device wirelessly. Like DropBox.
That is, streaming is less important than SYNCING.
A. Without connecting a USB cable
B. Without iTunes deleting your library
C. Without iTunes not allowing you to connect your device to more than one computer
I don't think Amazon has a "big swing" threat here in terms of global usage but Apple needs to iron out the iTunes tethering and iTunes convoluted sync. I've said before, I understand where Apple is coming from especially prior to the iPhone. But it is time for Apple to catch up with where they are now and FREE iOS from iTunes as much as possible.
It will be very interesting to see how the iOS 5 Cloud does it. There will be hits and misses.
And we're looking at people who now have 1GB to 50GB etc of songs and videos. That's a lot for the cloud to process, obviously you use some kind of "list" of what to wirelessly sync. Most people would get by on 10GB of sync. But the bandwidth to do that kind of syncing every month... Oh boy.
I guess it's not as easy for Apple as it looks. Steve is the probably the only guy who can put his foot down and give some real direction to this, IMO. Even he has struggled with iTunes for years and when being interviewed (at All Things D or something like that) has said that they "have to work better on it" when it comes to iTunes syncing .