Amazon has announced a cloud-based music streaming service which will allow users to upload their entire music library online and listen to it from any PC, Mac or Android device.
Amazon’s Cloud Drive has beaten both Google and Apple to the punch by offering a cloud-based music streaming service, and while iOS devices won’t be able to access the service (yet), users will be able to listen to music purchased from iTunes, or anywhere else, via Cloud Drive. To listen to your music remotely users have the option to listen on either a PC, Mac or Android mobile or tablet via the Amazon Cloud Player. On your PC, Cloud Player will search your computer for music before asking if you want to upload all or some of the music. The service is free for the first 5GB of storage (about 1,000 songs) though those who decide to store MP3s purchased on Amazon’s music store will be upgraded automatically to 20GB. Additional storage is available for a yearly subscription.
Cloud Player for Android now comes bundled with the new version of the Amazon MP3 App. Customers can use the app to play music stored on their Cloud Drive and music stored locally on their device. Features include the ability to search and browse by artist, album or song, create playlists and download music from Cloud Drive. "The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music," said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon.
Amazon has said it has avoided any issues regarding the storage of illegally downloaded music by saying: "We don't need a licence to store music. The functionality is the same as an external hard drive." This is a service which will obviously appeal to quite a number of music fans who have been waiting for a Google or Apple-equivalent service. However only American users will be able to access the service at the moment, though it is hoped that like most other Amazon services, this will be rolled out globally in the coming weeks/months.