Five Things to Consider Before Embracing the Cloud

In theory, the cloud is great. It simplifies actions, such as billing. It lets businesses reduce their information technology costs. And it claims to be infinitely scalable.

In the real world, though, it doesn’t always work as well as advertised. Several major sites — including Reddit, Foursquare and Common Sense Media — found that out last month when Amazon’s East Coast cloud servers suffered what the company called “performance issues.”

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Google Music adds key backup feature

Google Music hasn’t been making a lot of noise lately and is, in some ways, in danger of being overshadowed by other cloud music sites. But the Internet giant has roared back with the addition of a key backup feature for users.

Starting immediately, Google Music users are able to instantly restore their music collection with a single click. That applies to both purchased music and any songs they’ve added from their own library.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Another player enters the cloud music space

The sky is getting pretty crowded these days.

The already competitive cloud music space has another competitor stepping into the fray. Best Buy today unveiled plans for its own service, letting people access their digital music collection from virtually anywhere.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Gloves come off in Apple vs. Amazon

Apple is certainly the biggest music/tech company around, but Amazon has been very clear in its intention to up the stakes in the fight with the company – and today, it threw a haymaker.

Amazon is offering a daily special for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” offering the entire album as a digital download for 99 cents. That’s less than the cost of a single track on iTunes.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Apple inching closer to its cloud music service?

Nothing has been formally announced yet, but if online reports are to believed (and they’re coming from reputable outlets) Apple has most of its ducks in a row for its long-awaited cloud music service.

Warner Music Group, Sony Music Group and EMI Group have all reportedly gotten onboard with the Cupertino tech giant, though it’s still not certain if the agreements are in principle or if they’ve been signed. The status of a deal with Universal Music Group is unclear.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Amazon seeks to make peace with record labels

Amazon is doing some fence mending with its music partners.

The retail giant will reportedly meet with executives at the major labels Thursday to discuss deal terms for its recently launched Cloud Drive, as the music industry continues to dispute the service’s legality.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Sony brings cloud storage to the PS3

Since introducing the PlayStation Plus subscription service at E3 last June, Sony has struggled to give PS3 owners a compelling reason to sign up. But the latest addition to the feature just might do it.

Starting Thursday, the company will allow Plus subscribers to save their games on an online storage system.

Read more at Yahoo! Games