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Amazon Launch Cloud Drive Music Streaming Service

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Amazon Launch Cloud Drive Music Streaming Service

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.

Source: Amazon

halesy

March 29, 2011, 4:53 pm

Just logged into Amazon and checked, US only at the moment for the Cloud Player :-( However the Cloud Drive supports up to 5G of (almost) anything for free. You get Documents, Music, Videos and Picture folders.

I'll try it out and pass on my thoughts...

Simon

March 30, 2011, 12:09 am

You don't get 5gb, only 2gb, but i would much rather use dropbox with a nice synced folder than a manual upload.

jingyeow

March 30, 2011, 1:05 pm

@Simon - But there are benefits to the Amazon Cloud that are overlooked at the moment. The fact you can store future purchases there means no losing content. It's an extra backup utility if Dropbox fails etc...

Question: I have two Amazon accounts, on the US and UK site. They seem tied to the same email address and updates to personal information on the US account, affects the UK account. At the moment I can access the 5gb of US cloud space. In the future when the UK gets this service, will I effectively get 10GB, or will Amazon make me migrate to either the UK or US cloud, as they currently do with the Kindle. You have to register to buy ebooks from the US or UK store. Not both at the same time.

jingyeow

March 30, 2011, 10:05 pm

You can't use the cloud player outside the US.

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