Amazon offers a music-in-the-cloud service.
An app developer for the Apple App Store, Interactive Innovative Solutions (IIS), was forced to remove their aMusic
app because of legal problems with the company and industry. The app was a violation to the music industry apparently. What it enabled users to do was stream music off of their Amazon cloud account to any iDevice. The app functioned similarly to Spotify, where you can stream music in the online library as if it were in your iPod library. The only difference between this and Spotify is that you only would have been able to stream the music that you owned. Where in Spotify you can stream anything (with a monthly fee, that is).
The music industry's beef seems to be with the streaming. They hate the idea that users can freely stream music without being able to make money on it. With services like iCloud, you cannot stream your music, all you can do is store it and download your purchases to listen to them. Even iTunes Match doesn't allow you to stream your content, all you can do is download music that you recently paid for when buying a CD, even then there's a fee. So you end up paying for the music more than once which I think to be ludicrous.
Interactive Innovative Solutions (IIS) also made a similar app for Google's music service known as gMusic
. This one however has not been soiled. That doesn't mean that it won't be, though. Google and Amazon appeared to side with James Clancey, the maker of the aMusic
app, in that the apps didn't require any extra licensing to be existent and that users could stream their own music. Of course, however, the music industry felt differently.
Perhaps the biggest problem with the music industry wanting the app gone went beyond streaming. It seems a little far-fetched that they would get angry over users streaming music that they paid for on their own devices. It seems that the problem has to do with the fact that users can actually host their music to any
iDevice using the app. That being the case, it kind of is unethical sharing – but nonetheless, paid for and not stolen or pirated.
is said to be removed only temporarily until the music industry makes up their mind, explained James Clancey, the maker of the app. Hopefully the industry clears up all of their rules which are based on greed and fallacy. The RIAA is a big one, they like to make a penny off of everything that is said and done and try to put fences around media to keep people from having any kind of freedom with their media. So, we will wait and see what is to become of these indecisive companies.