Thursday, 19 May 2011

TECHNOLOGY: How Google Chromebook will feel for music lovers

As it tends to be around this time of year, Google made waves this week with the Conference of developers to its Google of I/o in San Francisco, where he announced not only the innovative WebGL enabled clip we profiled Wednesday, but - what is most important for the future of computing - netbooks Chromebook series, which sit somewhere between the Tablet and laptop and are designed from the ground up for cloud computing.

Perhaps Larry Ellison was not wrong on "thin clients" - just 15 years too early to toggle when the storage of data and processing power would remove the personal computer to the network edge, migration back to big, centralized mainframes like the one pictured above.

Google contemplates schools and businesses snapping up to Chromebooks (at the start of the Acer and Samsung) rates in bulk for deployment through mobile sales forces or populations of students. But as happened with the personal computer, many "normal" people will certainly be buying these devices in the coming years, too, as their data and software continue to migrate to the cloud where they are accessible by multiple personal devices.

After all, if all of your music and apps are stored in line, why you transport around a laptop, with its expensive memory, operating system and other accouterments more adapted for downloading e-mail in 1996 than to listen to Spotify edit a Google Doc and plays of the angry birds web version?

Music fans to make the transition from music iTunes-style collection the cloud - on these Chromebooks recently announced, but also on smartphones, tablets and other devices like computers that are not computers - they are for some big changes :

The main attraction of the music of cloud is its elimination of inflated software client-side such as iTunes, which duplicates all music files in your hard disk, eat up RAM and requires threads to transfer music to the devices. Instead, your computing devices will function more as entry points to download songs, in bookmark on music services such as YouTube, their labelling as Favorites in a music service, by adding them to your personal collection or make playlists of them to find them more easily in a library large subscription.

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