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Mobile and Sync Hit the Mozy Roadmap

The MozyBlog likes to think of itself as your SatNav to what lies ahead at Mozy so we’re excited to let you know that our compass is pointing straight to mobile apps followed by sync functionality a little bit further down the track.

This week, Mozy was at CeBIT speaking about its iPhone and Android apps for the first time.

Mozy’s mobile app will allow you to securely access the stuff you protect with Mozy, share select files such as photos with others, or view them on your phone. The app will also include convenience features such as photo thumbnail display which allows you to preview the files you’re looking for before downloading them in high-res.

Mozy also spoke about its beta trial for its new ‘sync’ functionality at the show.

This feature will allow users to put a Mozy sync folder on each of their computers. Any files that they put into this folder will be automatically synchronised on any other computers that they’ve installed the application on. This way, they always have the most up-to-date version of their files no matter which computer they’re using.

The sync functionality is just going into beta with a group of customers in the US, whilst the mobile functionality is set for a limited launch soon.

We think that, these new features will help our customers make more of the opportunities presented to them once their data is backed up to the Cloud.

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Step back in time

As Kylie once sang: “If you can’t find the music to get down and boogie, all you can do is step back in time.”

Now, Kylie might not be right about everything (see her previous dating history) but she may just have been able to predict the future of personal music management in her number four hit from 1990.

Today, many of us only keep our music in digital formats.  According to a recent survey, 51 per cent of young people in the UK have fewer than 100 CDs and only 15 per cent use their CD player daily.  Conversely, they had, on average 8,159 digital tracks, with 68 per cent using their computers to blast out the hits every day.

The upshot of this, is that our music is increasingly at risk.  If you lose your laptop, you lose your music collection.  Or, at least, that’s the case for almost two thirds of Brits who, despite storing music on their computers, never back up.  This research, from Mozy, also showed that 15 per cent of people had lost their music as a result of incidents such as lost or stolen laptops, hard drive crashes, viruses and accidental deletion.

Having a good backup strategy, to get back to our theme, means that, if you can’t find your music, you literally can step back in time and return to the last time you did.

Online backup will work in the background on your computer; logging, compressing and encrypting your music collection before shooting it up your broadband pipe to a data centre in the Cloud.  Which means, should you lose a track, you can simply download it again back to your PC.

A word of warning though, if you chose to wind your music collection back to other hits from 1990, you might want to avoid the summer months, where Partners in Kryme enjoyed a four week run at the top of the charts before being toppled by Bombalurina.