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

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”.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg On The ‘Heartbreaking’ Decline Of 3D
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jeffrey-katzenberg-why-hollywood-is….

Laura Ziskin, Producer of ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Pretty Woman,’ Dies At 61
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/laura-ziskin-producer-spider-man-197145

“Tron: Legacy” Sequel In Motion With New Writer
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/tron-legacy-sequel-motion-new….

Warner Bros. Release 3D Looney Tunes Short Films Theatrically
http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/warner-bros-releasing-3d-looney-tunes….

Adele’s 21 To Return To Number 1 On Billboard
http://www.billboard.com/#/news/adele-s-21-to-return-to-no-1-on-billboard-10….

Bad Weather Ends Black Eyed Peas Central Park Show
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/bad-weather-ends-central-park….

Paul McCartney To Play Yankee Stadium
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/paul-mccartney-to-perform-at….

The Concert Tour Economy
http://www.newsweek.com/2011/06/05/the-concert-tour-economy.html

A Doodle For An Instrumental Inventor
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/doodle-for-instrumental-inventor.html

65th Annual Tony Awards – Complete List Of Winners
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/65th_Tony_Awards

5 Lessons The Oscars Can Learn From The Tony Awards
http://www.movieline.com/2011/06/5-lessons-the-oscars-can-learn-from-the….

Just How Much Is A Tony Worth?
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/just-how-much-is-a-tony-worth/

Human Centipede 2 Director Criticises BBFC Over Rejection
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jun/07/human-centipede-2-ban-tom….

NBC Universal Wins Rights To The Olympics
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbcuniversal-wins-rights-2014-2….

U2 Delays Release Of New Album
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-beat-goes-on/posts/u2-delays-release….

Broadcasters Wrap Spring-Fling With Record Upfronts
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/broadcasters-wrap-spring-fling-132412

Financial Times Thumbs Nose At Apple’s Web App
http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/financial-times-thumbs-nose-apple….

Apple Gives Publishers A Sales Break
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/10/technology/10apple.html

Laurence Fishburne Leaves CSI And The Hunt For A Replacement Is On
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/06/laurence-fishburne….

Is Kickstarter The #3 Indie Comic Book Publisher?
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/comics/article/47545….

James Franco Set To Release EP In July
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/06/james-franco-the….

Insurer Sues AEG Live Over Canceled Michael Jackson Shows
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/insurer-sues-aeg-live-over-canceled….

Tracy Morgan Apologizes For Homophobic Rant At Nashville Show
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/06/tracy-morgan-homophobic….

Jon Stewart’s Ratings Are Now Higher Than All Of Fox News
http://www.politicususa.com/en/jon-stewart-fox-ratings

Music Wars: Google vs. Amazon vs. Apple
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-20069418-12.html

4 Reasons iCloud Is Much More Important Than You Think
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/06/4-reasons-todays-apple-icloud….

Richard Dreyfuss Reads The iTunes EULA
http://www.cnet.com/8301-30976_1-20068778-10348864.html

Only 19 Percent Of Your iTunes Library Matters
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2386549,00.asp