One Big Database for Music{1}

by Andrew J
Just a couple of years ago, everyone wanted more capacity in their mobile devices such as the phones or iPods. Even today, people want more storage for their devices. Music files take up a considerable amount of space for mobile devices. However, all that is changing. With the introduction of cloud service players such as Spotify and Rhapsody, devices no longer need to have hundreds of gigabytes to have your music always with you.

In 2011 Amazon, Google, and Apple all launched their own version of cloud music streaming. Amazon and Google let you upload music directly into their servers. Through their music player app, your music can be streamed over any internet connection. Apple has their iCloud for iTunes. It allows users to download their music and stores it temporarily in the cache. This allows devices without data connectivity to play the music file.

This trend is just starting for music, however it could be implemented through all forms of media, including full length movies and photos. Google+ already has the function to instantly upload any picture taken from your phone into your Google+ account. As data connectivity gets faster, more forms of media will be streamed through the cloud. This requires all of the media files to be placed into massive servers. Apple just recently built a $1 Billion data center in North Carolina to house all of its iCould services. Will all of these technological implementations, mobile storage capacity may be a thing of the past.


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