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The Cloud That Ate Your Music

By JON PARELES, June 22, 2011


IíM ready for the cloud. Soon, I hope, it will be ready for me.

Recent weeks have been filled with announcements about music taking residence in the cloud, the poetic name for online storage and software that promises to make lifetimes worth of songs available to anyone, anywhere, as long as those people and places have Internet connections. (Which of course is a long way from everyone, everywhere, but utopian tech dreams tend to ignore mere hardware.)

I canít wait. Ever since music began migrating online in the 1990s I have longed to make my record collection evaporate ó simply to have available the one song I need at any moment, without having to store the rest.