Dropbox adding a music player? –Why?

It seems the Internet is abuzz with Dropbox’s acquisition of a fledgling streaming music player. I fail to see what the hype is all about. How is adding a music player to my Dropbox account somehow special and game changing.

In the ever growing and competitive online music space what could be done that already isn’t being done now. Why wouldn’t I use Spotify, or a service like it, that allows me to have a almost limitless array of their streaming catalog. Or if you live in a Google-centric world, the massive amount of free storage Google Play! Music offers. And let us not forget the ease of iTunes Match and not having to wait days for my entire library to upload itself.

Some have said that it is just an additional feature to get more free customers to bounce up against the paid storage limits. I can totally see how its just a nice add-on they want to have to try to help monetize their service. Without any licensing deals with the Music labels, I can’t see it being anything more than an upload service to stream it back to myself. And with that I give it a yawn.

MIT Tech Review: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/508791/will-dropbox-add-a-music-player-to-its-file-store

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