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Cloud Music: Apple iCloud vs. Google Music Beta vs. Amazon Cloud Player

Google started sending out invites to Music Beta – their new cloud-based music service they announced during Google I/O last month.

Apple, announced iCloud yesterday – their version of cloud hosting for music, but also includes other file types. Access to this service isn’t available on non-Apple phones or tablets and willn’t be available for use until the fall.

These two products are similar to the Amazon Cloud player that got there first.

Both Apple and Amazon give a small amount of storage or service for free but are charging money for upgrades or additional storage.

With all three players having introduced their respective cloud music offerings, we can now pit them against each other.

The above chart is from paidContent which opined that “Apple doesn’t always get it right the first time”.

Jobs said yesterday: “With 18 million songs we’re most likely to have what you got.”

Apple offers scan-and-match feature only a $25 a year, for which you get unlimited cloud storage for up to 20,000 songs. For comparison, Google’s free Music Beta service limits you to 20,000 songs (about 100GB) while Amazon’s offering includes 5GB storage free with an Amazon.com account or 20GB for $20 a year. If you want more, Amazon will charge you $1 per GB in increments of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000.

[Chart credit: Paidcontent.org]

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