A Praise Chorus (For Amazon’s Cloud Player)

I’m on my feet
I’m on the floor
I’m good to go
And all I need is just to hear a song I know

At 10 (!!) years old, Jimmy Eat World’s best album, Bleed American holds up almost shockingly well. It only had one hit, “The Middle,” and that isn’t even close to the best song. I’m sure you remember the video: At a party full of underwear-clad hot young things, one couple manages not to succumb to the pressure to strip down, and instead leaves the party together, fully clothed.

I was reminded of my affection for this album today while browsing Amazon’s MP3 store, where in the last 24 hours I’ve purchased more music than I have in the last year. This is thanks to Amazon’s new Cloud music player (Amazon account required, but of course you have one), which is available via browser and has an all-too-convenient app for Android. There’s no Apple store app, duh, since it would compete with iTunes.

As you probably know, a cloud player circumvents the need to carry music on one’s phone or tablet. This is pretty sweet, since my Android phone doesn’t have much space on it, and switching out music is tedious. And while I have a lot more room on my new Motorola Xoom (it is awesome, by the way), the convenience of the cloud player still beats having local copies.

Downsides? After the initial free 5gb of storage, you have to pay for more. It comes in tiers from 20gb up to 1000gb, and it costs a dollar per gig, per year. There seems to be an unannounced promotion right now where if you purchase an MP3 album, it bumps your storage up to 20 gigs for free (for a year). But the biggest downside is that’s possibly too easy to spend money. You can purchase music on the fly, and even more clever, music purchased through the store doesn’t count against your storage space. The interface on both browser and app are snappy and easy to use, as well.

Smart, smart planning. Couple this with the free streaming Amazon is offering to Prime members, and it’s clear they’re really trying to put a dent in both Apple’s and Netflix’s market shares. And while I’m a bit of a Google acolyte who was waiting on their cloud player, it’s pretty exciting to have another option — especially one that integrates with my life so well. I’m definitely curious to know whether Google will let the Amazon app co-exist with its own, whenever it comes out.

My praise for Jimmy Eat World, it should be noted, comes with a caveat. The album’s still very much of its time — but for my money ($5), it’s the best album of the alt-rock-pop-late-90s/early-aughts.



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2 responses to “A Praise Chorus (For Amazon’s Cloud Player)

  1. Pingback: Yglesias Why Cloud Music Now « Politics

  2. Kyle

    One minor error in your piece: Clarity is the best Jimmy Eat World record.

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