Sony Not Happy With Amazon's 'Cloud' Offering
March 30, 2011 at 4:20 AM (PT)
YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 3/29), ALL ACCESS reported AMAZON would be the first company to launch a "cloud-based" digital music locker. That news continues to reverberate, with both SONY ENTERTAINMENT and AMAZON taking subtle shots at each other in the press.
SONY, unhappy that a legal licensing deal did not precede the announcement, "told REUTERS that it's hoping AMAZON will reach a new license deal, but we're keeping all of our legal options open," reports ENGADGET.COM.
AMAZON responded, "Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It's like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player available. The functionality of saving MP3s to Cloud Drive is the same as if a customer were to save their music to an external hard drive or even iTUNES."