No, it's a closed ecosystem, requires Apple hardware and software.
When icloud comes in can i sync my android phone as well?
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So it works on Windows. That is not a "closed ecosystem." There is no Android functionality but I don't think there is anything stopping something from being built.
The Android phone won't ever get iCloud services. Even if you have a Windows pc set up for iCloud services it will only work with an iPhone. Why on earth would Apple open up iCloud to other handheld hardware? It's a huge benefit of having an iPhone.
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Not really. I've been using dropbox for a while, so my iPhone hasn't "caught up". These cloud services are not android exclusive like you're implying. Apple has just made a brand exclusive. That's all. I doubt it's ant better than any other cloud services. Probably just takes away any confusion Joe consumer may have.
You can't play songs from within a Web browser and need IOs or Itunes nor can you stream your music. It has to be downloaded. You would have to pay $24.99 a year for non-iTunes-purchased music to be stored on the cloud..
In my case the bulk of my music came from CDs I ripped into MP3s and a few WMA. The rest come from Amazon.
As far as backing up the device besides Google contacts and Picassa. I run a custom ROM so I make full back ups (of multiple OS ROMs) to the External 32GB SD card of the OS apps and data. on the internal SD card. SO basically I can perfom a complete and total restore or backup without any WiFi or Carrier signal.
I keep my music on the external SD card. I recently backed up my library to the Google clould and it took a few days LOL But the music is mine. Amazon has a pretty good deal as well.
I have an Itouch as well but don't use it much since the Samsung Galaxy series came out.
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The Nexus S doesn't 't have an expansion card slot.
iPhones can use Amazon music too. iTunes music is sandboxed, though there are a number of other browsers and music players that allow for downloading music and creating playlists or streaming from most any server. Box.net gives iOS users 50 GB. of storage for free.
Really, the way phones are designed these days around the cloud, the need for an SD card or expansion card slot is no longer a necessity -Android OS or other -though iOS users of iPhones 4 and up and iPads can use an SD card adapter with the dock connector, if one really has to revert to legacy phone technology.
Samsung just passed iPhone in sales for a reason....options.
I still prefer having the External card. I don't need a WL signal to get at all my information. It uses less battery to play from the card than stream from the cloud as well. Don't have to worry about weak carrier signals, buildings, tunnels, or worse bumping into the data limits. (although I am on the dumb phone unlimited data plan for $10 because I am using a non ATT registered International phone).
Plus I can move the card from device to device. I use the cloud for back up mostly and as a last resort. I have a feeling they will eliminate card slots to force people to use the cloud services soon and then charge more for storage. I don;t think the cloud should replace interchangeable 32GB memory cards. I hope Samsung keeps the SD card technology in their devices.
I think the SD card slot is vital to the technology until the carriers have much better and faster signals everywhere. Even then I still don't want access to my data dependent on anything outside my control.
Here is a reason why we ALL lock ourselves into a closed ecosystem - google included.
Benefits of scale by large companies. The 20'000 songs means nothing to me in Canada; no plans hinted or announce by Google as its a wait & see what the market leader does. I also back up my system for clean restore that does not affect local sync data. Music pictures don't count against it and if it does then I can use music match in the cloud on any pc or phone or tablet. Moreover it works with documents in my Mac. Lastly I don't worry about real ownership of my data in the cloud as google advertises on my access pages and they can do anything with your data.
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