Not wanting to be left out of the game, Best Buy has announced a new cloud music service called Best Buy Music Cloud. It will let users stream music to mobile devices and computers, and is part of a long list of cloud music services now being offered by Apple, Amazon, Google and eMusic.
The Best Buy Music Cloud is available for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android and BlackBerry. It comes with some pretty standard features: playlists, "downloadable" tracks for offline listening, and the ability to upload your music library to a cloud-based location for streaming to multiple devices.
There's a free version with basic features and a paid subscription for $3.99 a month. The details of the paid service are unclear at this point, but popular theories and rumors include that the free service will only work on your computer and not your mobile device. more to come on that front.
Best Buy is poised to offer the service at the point of purchase of mobile devices, and tie the Best Buy Music Cloud service to customers right when they buy. We all know how users tend to stick to services they start with, so being the first one into someone's phone seems like a no brainer for Best Buy.
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