Report: Amazon Beats Apple To The Cloud
iTunes May Launch Digital Locker Service In April
March 29, 2011 at 4:26 AM (PT)
While APPLE's cloud-based service continues to get closer, it looks like AMAZON.COM will be the first to start a service that would let people store music and video online and access it from various digital devices, reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, which expects the launch to be officially announced TODAY.
"AMAZON is still working out key legal issues related to the service," writes WSJ. "Most notably, AMAZON has yet to secure content licenses from at least some major record labels and movie studios. One major music company, SONY CORP.'s SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, expressed dismay at AMAZON's plans, echoing concerns of others in the industry."
"We are disappointed that the locker service that AMAZON is proposing is unlicensed by SONY MUSIC," a spokeswoman said.
AMAZON execs have reportedly told several media companies that they are likely to seek licenses after this week's expected announcement.
ITunes In The Cloud Next Month?
Meanwhile, another report claims a music industry insider says that APPLE is pushing hard to launch its digital music locker service in APRIL.
TECHLAND.COM quotes former GROKSTER Pres. and label consultant WAYNE ROSSO as saying "APPLE has already worked out a deal with WARNER MUSIC GROUP, and is using that agreement as leverage against the other three major music labels." UNIVERSAL MUSIC and EMI are expected to sign on, and while SONY may hold out the longest, ROSSO doesn't expect that resistance to last.