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Take your iTunes on the road with WebDAV and S3

Jungle Disk lets you securely store files on Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) servers. It runs on your local machine as a WebDAV server, allowing you to access S3 as a remote disk. Today the always wonderful Bruce Stewart blogged about an online post he'd stumbled across which put across the question of whether this would be a good way to take your iTunes library on the road.

Matt Thommes wrote that he was looking for a solution that eliminated worries about capacity (there's no upper limit on S3 storage), allow world-wide access to his music (he could connect anywhere there was Internet), and allow him to use play the music directly from iTunes. Since Jungle Disk allows you to use S3 as a remote disk, it was just a matter of dropping his iTunes library onto S3, allowing the data to transfer and then setting his new iTunes Music folder location.

Keep in mind that S3 is reasonably priced, but certainly not cheap. It costs $0.15 per month per gigabyte and $0.20 per gigabyte of data transfer. When your library starts running upwards of 30 GB, you need to do some practical math. As a rule, S3/Jungle Disk is great for backup, okay for being on the road, but not so good for day-to-day use on your main computer because you're paying for that transfer. Do keep in mind, though, that Jungle Disk does some caching. On the other hand, if you're bringing a laptop with you, odds are that you can just store your data right on the laptop and use S3 as an emergency backup.

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