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Amazon media locker may hit Tuesday, lack phones and tablets

updated 09:25 pm EDT, Mon March 28, 2011

Amazon media locker may eschew mobile

Amazon's rumored online media locker could arrive as soon as Tuesday but with major limitations in place. Sources said Monday night that, to avoid requiring secondary license, would have to drop certain conditions. It might have to forego support for phones and tablets, the WSJ was told as an example.

Most of the details mentioned were repeats of earlier details. Amazon is believed to be pushing hard on licenses and may unveil the locker even though it doesn't have full clearance. However it would launch, the service would let users upload their own personal content, not just media they'd bought from Amazon MP3, Amazon Video, or the Kindle Store. It's not clear if or when Amazon could implement a permissions check to see whether content was bootlegged or legitimately falling under fair use.

Executives are reportedly looking to get a more extensive service after the new deployment.

The service, however limited, might still end up pipping previously planned models from Apple and Google. Apple has promised that it would use its datacenter expansion in the spring for iTunes and MobileMe but might not have a public service still in testing and is still facing opposition from labels hoping to double-dip on licensing fees.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Salty

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jul 2005



    They're working at offering something which no consumers have really been asking for. It also seems to be an overly complicated solution to something that really should be a no brainer. I should be able to buy a movie from iTunes, and not have have to worry about losing it if I lose my computer or get it stolen. The purchase records should show I bought it on iTunes, and it should be a simple redownload. I don't know why this is so hard for content companies to understand. It seems like they're putting a whole lot of effort into doing something that everyone probably thinks they already have.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2009



    It's a locker for files, that can only be accessed by machines are the easiest to connect vast amounts of storage to them?

    The whole point of a digital locker, is so that you don't have to choose which parts of your audio and video collections to copy to your mobile devices, so you can access all of it.

  1. UmarOMC

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Oh it hit alright...

    Just came from

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Too much

    I have all my videos and music and all on my computer. I don't need a 'digital locker'. It's in a digital locker. It's called my Mac.

    All I need is for Apple to just freakin' turn on internet access to iTunes. You know, all the 'features' of a digital locker without any of the expense!

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