Dropbox has been in the news since its inception and has had a huge role to play in making cloud storage more attractive to customers. It is after Dropbox that major companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple followed suit with their own cloud services. And now, the company has another feather in its hat as it has just acquired AudioGalaxy, which is a personal music streaming service that started off in 1998. This wasn’t an audio streaming site when it first started up (although it introduced music streaming and radio services shortly after). AudioGalaxy basically allowed users to remotely stream music from their computer with the help of their mobile device or a flash enabled browser. As a prerequisite, both devices needed to have the software on board. This obviously in some cases was against the law. But they mended their ways soon to make things more legal and open. So you might be wondering as to why Dropbox would be interested in this service. Well, the answer is pretty straight forward. Well, it doesn’t need a genius to guess that Dropbox could well be contemplating stepping into the cloud music arena.
Unfortunately for AudioGalaxy fans, it seems like Dropbox might want to pull the plug from the service for now. Its website states that it’s not accepting new users anymore. It is believed that the functionality will be restored sometime during the course of 2013. We’re of course merely speculating that Dropbox could bring up a cloud based music service, but that seems like the only viable option for Dropbox after having acquired AudioGalaxy. Let’s hope something good comes out of this, and having known Dropbox and the way it functions, we expect just that.
There are several big names in the cloud music industry, including Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player, Spotify, Grooveshark, iCloud to name a few. We’ve just recently learnt of a possible SkyDrive cloud music service which could very well see the light of the day. So the trend suggests that most cloud storage services have had no hesitancy in stepping to the cloud music arena. Some of these services have some limitations, mostly pertaining to geography. So if Dropbox manages to get this rumored new music player to most parts of the world, it should be an instant hit. Dropbox users are increasing in number since most new Android users these days are getting 25GB or 50GB of free Dropbox storage, which is a nice way to make new customers. While the cloud storage scene is still picking up steam, cloud music could prove to be a game changer for all. Let’s hope we get to see some competitive offering from Dropbox, which is if it plans on doing so with AudioGalaxy.