Amazon has taken a distinctly Apple-like step in a host of new upgrades for the Amazon Cloud Player service.
Now US users are able to scan their music collections onto Amazon servers in minutes, creating an online music library of sorts without having to physically upload anything. It’s not just Amazon content that gets this cloud treatment either - any music you have on your computer from any other sources will be scanned in too.
If these tracks don’t exist on Amazon already, then you can upload the full tracks.
To top it all off, all of your scanned-in music will be upgraded to 256kbps, so it’s a great way to bring those early MP3 downloads up to scratch.
Users of the Amazon Cloud Player will be able to choose from two tiers. The default one is completely free, allowing people to store up to 250 songs online. If you want more, you’ll have to sign up to Cloud Player Premium for $24.99 per year. This will allow you to scan in up to 250,000 non-Amazon music files.
If any of this sounds at all familiar, it’s because Apple came up with a very similar service, called iTunes Match, back in November 2011. The key difference is that iTunes Match has since been made available in the UK, whereas Amazon Cloud Player - rather like the Amazon Appstore service for Android - is frustratingly US-only.