BMI Music executive calls cloud-based storage an 'attack'



BMI Music executive calls cloud-based storage an ‘attack’.

[newsimage][/newsimage]Google finally unveiled its long-rumored cloud-based music player today, albeit in beta form. "Upload your personal music collection to listen anywhere, keep everything in sync, and forget the hassle of cables and files," boasts the Music Beta website. Marvin L. Berenson, Senior Vice President of BMI, would rather you didn't.

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Its the attack of the killer cloud!


How is listening to your music file from a server instead of listening to it from an MP3 player somehow make it a “performance” ? Totally ludicrous. These Music execs are such dinosaurs and just live to stifle innovation and suck as much money out of people as possible. I’m sure they want to be able to charge per “stream”, even if you already own the music file.


I wonder if upload requires some form of admission that you’ve legally purchased the music. Even if not, what guarantees the “cloud” will not be scanned for copyright infringement? If I rip a CD I own and then upload it to the cloud - it sounds like the RIAA will claim that’s illegal. Just another reason to steer clear of the cloud. Are people too dumb to use a USB cable?

I almost think folks are assuming their music in the cloud can be shared with friends - ah no, otherwise BMI will be knocking on your door with an arrest warrant.


Is that “Killer cloud” or “Killer clowns”?
LOL don’t store anything on line. Who needs this?
Store files on your own equipment and you don’t have to worry
about A. Lawsuites B. Hacking of your files C. Loss of data, when the
on line storage company goes out of business.


To be honest, I don’t see any advantage to having music in the cloud other than to look like something useful Apple can sell. It’s not like NAND is as expensive as it use to be when an MP3 player with a mere 64MB capacity was more pricey than the current cheapest iPod Nano.

The most common time I listen to music on my MP3 player is on public transport, up in the air and while abroad, e.g. on business or holiday. If I’m abroad, I certainly wouldn’t be searching for a public Wi-Fi zone or paying massive data roaming charges just to listen so my MP3 player can stream from the cloud. :disagree:

In my opinion, I think the best idea would be wireless syncing. Since the iPhone and iPod touch can both connect by Wi-Fi, I think a good idea would be to update the firmware and the iTunes software to wirelessly sync via Wi-Fi.