Best Buy launches Music Cloud; offers nothing new to consumers

Following in the footsteps of already established cloud music storage services and players, Best Buy is looking to roll out their own version of a cloud music solution, dubbed “Cloud Music.” Looking at www.bestbuymusiccloud.com, it seems to be a run of the mill music uploader and streamer, very much in the vein of Google Music and Amazon Cloud Drive. You simply sign up for the service, download the upload software, and you can have access to your uploaded music from a variety of smartphone devices. You can also get local access to your tracks locally. As of now, the service only works with music in your iTunes library, and there’s no word yet if that’s a bug or a “feature.”

As there’s absolutely nothing new about this service, one must wonder what Best Buy’s angle is here. They aren’t advertising integration with Best Buy music purchases, and it only works with iTunes for now. At first, it seems like they give you smartphone access for free, but while trying to add a phone, they display their premium plan, at $3.99/month, that you need to use for smartphone access. It all seems kind of mediocre.

The service is powered by a new startup called Play Anywhere. It looks like they’re trying to make a proprietary music cloud platform that companies can purchase instead having to develop in-house. As Google and Amazon already have plenty of infrastructure and server space to handle a cloud music platform, Play Anywhere is geared towards companies that want similar capabilities but don’t want the infrastructure overhead. 

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Build (or buy) yourself a home server and stream your music without any fees or relying on anything other than the internet you already pay for.

You forget that most people are not inclined to learn how to do things themselves and so they want convenience and ease of use and so in that vein Best Buy becomes a one place to go to get everything.

Lachlan said,
i wouldn't say it doesn't offer anything because its more competition and choice which is good for everyone...

Well for some reason, Neowin's editors were quite positive about Apple's cloud music service. Biased news it is.

andrewbares said,

Well for some reason, Neowin's editors were quite positive about Apple's cloud music service. Biased news it is.

Interesting logic.

I'm guessing it'd be easier to use Apple's cloud service since it's already in iTunes. I'm not sure what the point in this is... other than it's Best Buy.

You can basically do this yourself for free with VortexBox if you have an always-on connection.

GreyWolf said,
I'm guessing it'd be easier to use Apple's cloud service since it's already in iTunes. I'm not sure what the point in this is... other than it's Best Buy.

You can basically do this yourself for free with VortexBox if you have an always-on connection.

This could be your Best Bought music ever! I think thats the 'best buy' you can get with money today.