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  • Are You Ready For the Cloud?

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    For a good amount of time, the main discussion for technology and music gurus has been the Cloud. The Cloud System, in a nutshell, allows people to access all of their documents, music, movies and files from any source (computer, laptop, smart phone, iPad...). GQ breaks down this system more, asking the main question, "Should I be using it?"

    A few months back, my boss ('sup, Jim!) asked if I knew a better way to sync the music on his home and work computers. He'd been shuttling new MP3s into the office on a portable hard drive every few weeks just to keep up-to-date. Physically moving music is so analog he might as well have been copying tracks onto a blank Maxell cassette, but I didn't have a better idea—at least not one that wasn't a level-five IT-nerd work-around.

    And then, lo and behold, the cloud rolled in with promises of storing our tunes in the electronic ether so that Jim and everyone else could press play from anywhere: work, home, a smartphone, a buddy's place. Hallelujah! Problem solved. Somebody crank up "We Are the Champions." Then I tried using these new services, and Brian May's guitar solo came to a screeching halt. It's not that they're all horrible. Some are impressive, actually. But at this point, there's no best; there's just the best one for your situation. If you aren't allowed to store music on your work computer or find yourself eating ramen for the majority of your meals, try Google Music Beta. You can upload 20,000 songs for free and stream them from a web browser. The catch: It's invite-only, and it might not be free forever. Also, it took me two weeks to upload 5,000 songs. Two. Weeks.

    Amazon's Cloud Player is essentially Google Music Beta, but it costs money and it's uglier. Pass.

    If, like my boss, you just want to keep your iTunes library synced across a slew of computers and iDevices, then Apple's iCloud (didn't see that name coming) is the obvious choice. The new iTunes Match service scans and, um, matches the songs in your library to its 18-million-track collection—you only have to upload what it doesn't have. It costs $25 a year, part of which goes to music labels as penance for all those albums you "borrowed from a friend." Also, you can't stream songs, only download them. Which makes iCloud more like iBackup Storage.

    But I want to play music, not move it around. Which is why I'm all for services like Rdio and Spotify. For five to ten bucks a month, I can stream every song in their ginormous catalogs as much as I want. You have 20,000 tracks in your iTunes library? Spotify has 15 million.

    Read more at GQ

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