Life in the Cloud; Life in the Aether Is Going to be Much Cooler

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Remember when we talked about cloud computing? Everyone and everything wanted to be in the cloud. Guess what? We’re there. And if cloud computing is like air travel, we’re heading for interstellar storage. On demand, free, and everywhere.

That’s the problem with the cloud today, you’re only able to access your data if you’re connected. If you’re long international flight doesn’t offer wifi, you’re SOL. But we won’t be in the Write Brother’s age of computing for too long. Devices and smart programmers are working towards something more seamless and something more ubiquitous.

YouTube Music is Google’s first play into the music space. And powered by YOUR YouTube music selections, it does a great job of knowing what you like and what you want to hear. It’s not Pandora yet, but it’s getting there. The cool thing about YT Music is it’s ability to create an offline playlist for when your signal goes offline.

Based on your song selections, YTM can pre-download a selection of music based on how much space you allocate, or how much time you believe you are going to be offline. Then, using your previous selections, YTM builds a playlist for your flight. No matter where you are, YTM is there with songs. Pandora can’t do this. Spotify can, but only the paid version.

And Google docs has some similar features built into Google Drive. With Drive you can work on and save documents to your local computer, that will then be synced once you’re back online.

So the cloud is interesting, life in the aether will be much cooler.

John McElhenney
@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)

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