Showbiz Sandbox 107: The Pros And Cons Of Cloud Music Services

June 13, 2011


After months of rumors and speculation Apple finally announced their cloud music service last week. Aptly named iCloud, the new service joins similar offerings from both Amazon and Google. Though each of the services has their benefits, no two are exactly alike. Amazon and Google stream music over the Internet and require you to upload your entire music library. Apple doesn’t do any of those things. We dissect the pros and cons of all three services and wonder why anyone really needs them in the first place.

Something else that’s probably not needed is a sequel to “Tron: Legacy” but thanks to a television series spinoff of last year’s sci-fi blockbuster, we’ll probably get one. And it will probably be in 3D like its predecessor even though Dreamworks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg is heartbroken over the decline of the format.

The Tony Awards were handed out on Sunday and as we predicted, “The Book Of Mormon” walked off with the most trophies, including Best Musical. But what is a Tony really worth to a Broadway show’s bottom line? We’ll try and find out.

We also cover and provide analysis of the week’s top entertainment news stories, including the economy of concert tours, comedian Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant and Laurence Fishburne’s departure from “CSI”.


Jeffrey Katzenberg On The ‘Heartbreaking’ Decline Of 3D….

Laura Ziskin, Producer of ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Pretty Woman,’ Dies At 61

“Tron: Legacy” Sequel In Motion With New Writer….

Warner Bros. Release 3D Looney Tunes Short Films Theatrically….

Adele’s 21 To Return To Number 1 On Billboard….

Bad Weather Ends Black Eyed Peas Central Park Show….

Paul McCartney To Play Yankee Stadium….

The Concert Tour Economy

A Doodle For An Instrumental Inventor

65th Annual Tony Awards – Complete List Of Winners

5 Lessons The Oscars Can Learn From The Tony Awards….

Just How Much Is A Tony Worth?

Human Centipede 2 Director Criticises BBFC Over Rejection….

NBC Universal Wins Rights To The Olympics….

U2 Delays Release Of New Album….

Broadcasters Wrap Spring-Fling With Record Upfronts

Financial Times Thumbs Nose At Apple’s Web App….

Apple Gives Publishers A Sales Break

Laurence Fishburne Leaves CSI And The Hunt For A Replacement Is On….

Is Kickstarter The #3 Indie Comic Book Publisher?….

James Franco Set To Release EP In July….

Insurer Sues AEG Live Over Canceled Michael Jackson Shows….

Tracy Morgan Apologizes For Homophobic Rant At Nashville Show….

Jon Stewart’s Ratings Are Now Higher Than All Of Fox News

Music Wars: Google vs. Amazon vs. Apple

4 Reasons iCloud Is Much More Important Than You Think….

Richard Dreyfuss Reads The iTunes EULA

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