passess - can you offer a preference to choose between them?
The advantage of the first style apart from it looking more personalised, is that Flash and Silverlight players can access files such as crossdomain.xml (and web robots can access robots.txt) in their expected locations, which is the top level of the hostname. I don't think this is the desired use of the url
The advantage to the 2nd is you can directly click on the URL, therefore is more applicable to sending links to others.
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The server certificate of s3.amazonaws.com is a wildcard certificate that should be valid for bucket names prepended. Also, browsers usually even accept the certificate for hostnames with multiple third levels such as my.domain.s3.amazonaws.com.
As noted in #3813's citation of RFC 2818, wildcard certificates only work for the top level of the wildcard. I.e. *.s3.amazonaws.com is valid for foo.s3.amazonaws.com, but not for *.foo.s3.amazonaws.com.
For this reason, the AWS web console generates URLs such as this one for a bucket in us-west-2: