Google, Amazon deliver new tools to add your existing media to cloud services

Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it’s really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you’re uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings.

Even if you’re not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and among them the ability to upload your existing of MP3s to the Play Music cloud. Better yet, if it recognizes your tunes through signature matching, it can link your account with a digital copy it already has on its servers, no upload required. While there had been a PC tool you’d use to do this, today Google adds a new option with support for Chromebooks running ARM processors.

We also see Amazon embracing this upload-it-yourself spirit, only this time for printed works, with a PC program called Kindle Convert. Convert allows you to scan in your existing book library, doing some OCR magic and preserving formatting as the software prepares your books for the Amazon cloud. You’re probably going to want to limit this to titles you simply can’t find anywhere else, though, as you’ll have to manually scan each and every page. It’s also not free, running about $20 at the moment, and is limited to users in the US. While all that takes the air out of this news a little bit, it’s still an option that’s been a long time coming.

Source: François Beaufort (Google+), Amazon
Via: Android Central, TechCrunch

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