> I own most of them on Amazon Instant Video,
> my MP3 collection when I moved to Spotify. Books to > Kindle.
> Photos to Dropbox and Facebook.
> Notebooks to Hackpad.
> Zipcar is the cloud for cars.
> Exec is the cloud for secretarial work.
> And though there isn’t a “cloud” for housing, AirBnB, Craigslist, and VRBO are getting close.
What happens if/when these services go out of business or pursue business models at variance with what you want? This seems to assume that these things will always be available in the form that you like.
I don't think this is for me, it clashes with my desire to be able to not depend on other entities that much. Regards to anyone who can pull it off though.
Data portability is only a problem with unproven services. If Facebook were to shut down, photo and data export services would immediately crop up.
I'm more concerned about the opposite scenario, where I own something and mismanage it, like losing my hard drive without backup, or having a disaster hit my car / house where I don't have the proper insurance.
And content portability is definitely a problem with Amazon. Instant Video and Kindle both use DRM, so an export service would likely be illegal, and certainly nontrivial. Amazon could suddenly deny you access to your “purchases”: http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/simon-says/2012/10/rights-y...
The other services don't seem as risky in terms of data loss, although Facebook could suddenly make your photos more public than you set them to be; they've taken many similar steps before.
Furthermore, the vast majority of its users are still freeloaders. I think a sizeable percentage would convert to paying customers if Spotify started to throttle back the free accounts or play more ads. Its an incredible service at a great value, especially when you cough up a tiny bit of money to get rid of the ads.
Amazon is a more interesting case because I'm paying per piece of content, and I don't get to keep the content. If they shut down Video, I'd lose the value of my library (~$200). But the chances of that seem so low compared to what I have at stake to lose.
What happens when one of these services go away? I will make other arrangements.
I wouldn't start using a service if the value of the convenience/savings gained, combined with how long I think it will be available, weren't a better deal than the alternatives.
But, yeah, I'd rather own some things than rent them. Movies used to be one of those things, but there's no way I could buy and store all the things I can see on netflix.
I'd still rather own my music. But I will listen to a song hundreds or even thousands of times.
It was not really planned as such, but rather where my startup took me. But,it was amazing. You meet great people and understand the human race a little bit better.
Personally I'm still waiting for Service-Oriented Automobiles to knit together.
If you're out of town for a month, the effort of setting up an AirBNB can be enough of a deterrent to keep a place empty for many people but if there was a service to abstract away all the details, it's win-win.
Personally, I would love to be able to live in New York, Florida and California at different times of the year. Frankly, I would have visited my family a lot more if a place to crash were cheap and clean, once my parents went into a nursing home.
Hotels are usually the most expensive part of any trip. On one trip to NYC, I realized taking the redeye across the country was cheaper than staying the night in Manhattan. It would be great to slash that by two thirds.
Would it be for everyone? Definitely not.