Ever since I began using Amazon’s Cloud Player (yesterday), I’ve been thinking about upgrading. I like the setup of the app on my Droid and I like the way it either plays music that I currently have loaded on my phone, or music that I have waiting in the cloud. FYI – playing music that resides on the phone uses up no data, playing music that resides on the cloud does. If you have a limited data plan, play carefully.
By upgrading, I would get to upload all my music to Amazon’s service, making my bulky music file storage a thing of the past.
The thing I’m up against with this whole thing is the fear of becoming part of the Borg. If you don’t know what the Borg is, ask around. I’m sure you’ll quickly find out. Now, for younger folks, you have nothing to worry about. You’re already part of it. You have no idea what it’s like not to have something attached to you, such as a cell phone, but for us older people, some of us enjoy our identity. I’m definitely one of those people and by rushing too fast into the Borg-o-sphere, I risk passing the point of no return.
I’ve been thinking about it lately and Laura and I actually had a conversation about it last night. She’s hard core against the whole smart phone thing and thinks we should tread softly. But during that conversation, I did raise a few good points to her.
First, we both watch Netflix and Hulu. We got rid of the cable service. While we feel like rebels for doing that, we may have just joined the collective as well. Second, if I were to purchase an ebook and read it on my phone, I wouldn’t want to download that ebook file and store it on my computer. I would read it and have access to it from whatever service I purchased it from. Same goes for audio books. I wouldn’t want to save that file either.
So why am I interested in having complete control of my music library? I’m not sure, but I’m starting to think it’s because I began collecting it when I was about three years old. I also come from a place where people used to play cassette tapes in their cars. For us, CDs was change – a lot of change. This whole digital thing kind of gets under our skin.
There’s no doubting the simplicity of these new services though. I mean, having everything stored in one place that you can play on any device is pretty cool. I’ve had an extremely difficult time through the years trying to figure out exactly how to sync everything up to maximum effectiveness. I haven’t exactly reached the point I want, but the whole cloud thing pretty much brings me there.
I don’t know. I think I might do it. For only $25 bucks a year and a fairly decent bit rate of 256, I think it’s a winner.
“Where possible, we encode our MP3 files using variable bit rates for optimal audio quality and file sizes, aiming at an average of 256 kilobits per second (kbps). Using a variable bit rate allows us to allocate a higher bit rate to the more complex sections of music files while using a smaller bit rate for the less complex sections. The average of these rates is then calculated to produce an average bit rate for the entire file that represents the overall sound quality. Some of our content is encoded using a constant bit rate of 256 kbps. This content will have the same excellent audio quality at a slightly larger file size.”