Music Beta vs. Amazon Cloud
CNET compares the recently launched cloud music service from Google with Amazon's Cloud Player service.
Google has finally launched Music Beta, a cloud service that stores your music and lets you stream it to any browser or Android-based device. It's invite-only for now, but the beta version is free. It's not without its limitations, but we think it will certainly become a viable competitor against Amazon's recently released Cloud Player. Here, we present a chart that compares the two services.
|Music Beta||Amazon Cloud Player|
|Storage capacity||20,000 songs||Anywhere from 5GB to 1TB (that works out to around 740 to 152,000 songs, assuming each song is around 4 minutes long recorded at 255Kbps)|
|Cost||Free and invitation-only for now.||5GB storage for free; $20/year for 20GB, and $1,000 a year for 1TB. Songs bought on Amazon don't count against the limit.|
|Offline options||Recently played songs are automatically cached for offline listening on Android devices. You can also manually select songs/albums for offline listening. But you can't download songs to a different computer.||You can download the songs to a different computer/device without restrictions. Amazon Cloud Player also uses caching to optimize streaming on Android.|
|Free music||Google provides some free samples during initial setup||None|
|Store||None||Yes; songs cost $0.69 to $1.29 and albums are $7 on average. There are often $3.99 album deals as well.|
|Mobile||Android app; playable on iOS via the browser||Android app; playable on iOS via the browser|
|Requirements||Google account. U.S. only for now.||Amazon account. U.S. only for now.|
|Other features||Custom playlists that can be synced with the cloud, intelligent mix||Amazon's Cloud service extends beyond just music.|
|Sorting||New & Recent, Songs, Artists, Albums, Genres, Time, Song Title, Plays, and Rating.||Songs, Albums, Artists, Genres, Time|
|Edit song info?||Yes||No|