20 GB cloud storage for 99 cents (and Lady Gaga)

Lady Gaga, presumably not born this way
I can’t claim to be a big fan of Lady Gaga, especially since her new hit single Born This Way is a straight rip-off of the far more talented Madonna’s Express Yourself.

In fact, you’d probably have to bribe me to listen to Lady Gaga. With, say, 20 GB of disk space on Amazon’s new Cloud Drive serviceWhich, as a matter of fact, is precisely the deal today – for $0.99, you can get the upgrade to 20 GB from Amazon, as long as you download Gaga’s album. This is a good deal despite the forcible auditory abuse, and it ends today, so hurry up!

For 99 cents this is a great deal. 20GB on Amazon Cloud Drive is 4x the size of Microsoft’s SkyDrive and 10x more than Dropbox. The service also integrates with Amazon’s new music service so you can access any music you buy from Amazon on any device, immediately without re-uploading.

Amazon primed

I find that increasingly I turn to Amazon over Newegg for even electronics purchases. I just ordered a few items for around the house (a surge protector, a spare handset for our landline, a USB hub, etc) and I got my items the next day, even though I had specified two-day shipping (with Amazon prime, you get 2-business day shipping for free). In general, order fulfillment seems to be unbelievably snappy with Amazon and always seems glacial with Newegg. Maybe it’s partly because I pay for the Amazon Prime service – Its a feedback cycle in which I find myself ordering more and more from Amazon just because the convenience of free shipping is so addictive. I’m thinking of going the Amazon grocery route for restocking diapers, cereals, etc as well – it reminds me of the PeaPod service that was all the rage about 10 years ago but fizzled out. The funny thing is I don’t think I’ve bought a book, CD or DVD from Amazon in years.