Amazon Cloud Player Lets You Play Your Music From Anywhere

Amazon launched Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web, and Amazon Cloud Player for Android. These new will services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, regardless of where they are. Customers can upload their own music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free.

Initially, you'll get 5 GB of Cloud Drive storage for your digital music library. If you purchase an Amazon MP3 album, you'll be upgraded to 20 GB of Cloud Drive space. New Amazon MP3 purchases saved directly to Cloud Drive are stored for free and do not count against your storage quota.

Cloud Player for Web currently supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari for Mac, and Chrome. Cloud Player for Android is now bundled into the new version of the Amazon MP3 App; it includes the full Amazon MP3 Store and the mobile version of Cloud Player.

In addition to storing music, Cloud Drive lets you upload and store all kinds of digital files including music, photos, videos and documents. Various storage capacities are available including 5 GB of free storage, or you can purchase storage plans starting at $20 a year for 20 GB.

Introducing Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web, and Amazon Cloud Player for Android

Buy anywhere, play anywhere and keep all your music in one place

Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage – upgrade to 20 GB free with purchase of any MP3 album

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive (www.amazon.com/clouddrive), Amazon Cloud Player for Web (www.amazon.com/cloudplayer) and Amazon Cloud Player for Android (www.amazon.com/cloudplayerandroid). Together, these services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, wherever they are. Customers can easily upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free.

"We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience,” said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon. “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.”

“Our customers have told us they don’t want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices,” Carr said. “Now, whether at work, home, or on the go, customers can buy music from Amazon MP3, store it in the cloud and play it anywhere.”

Store Music for Free

Customers automatically start with 5 GB of Cloud Drive storage to upload their digital music library, and those who purchase an Amazon MP3 album will be upgraded to 20 GB of Cloud Drive space. New Amazon MP3 purchases saved directly to Cloud Drive are stored for free and do not count against a customer’s storage quota.

Adding Music to Cloud Drive

Amazon’s easy uploading process makes it simple for customers to save their music library to their Cloud Drive. Files can be stored in AAC or MP3 formats and will be uploaded to Cloud Drive in the original bit rate. Customers can hand-pick particular songs, artists, albums or playlists to upload or simply upload their entire music library.

Cloud Player for Web

Customers who have a computer with a Web browser can listen to their music. Cloud Player for Web currently supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari for Mac, and Chrome. Cloud Player for Web lets customers easily manage their music with download and streaming options. Customers don’t need to worry about regularly updating software on their computer to enjoy music, and Amazon MP3 customers can continue to use iTunes and Windows Media Player to add their music to their iPods and MP3 players.

Cloud Player for Android

Cloud Player for Android is now bundled into the new version of the Amazon MP3 App; it includes the full Amazon MP3 Store and the mobile version of Cloud Player. 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.

Secure Storage

Customers never need to worry about losing their music collection to a hard drive crash again. Files are securely stored on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and each file is uploaded to Cloud Drive in its original bit rate. Customers can buy music anywhere and know that their MP3s are safely stored in Cloud Drive and accessible from any device.

Store More than Music

Cloud Drive allows customers to upload and store all kinds of digital files; music, photos, videos and documents can be stored securely and are available via web browser on any computer. In addition to the 5 GB of free storage, customers can purchase storage plans starting at $20 a year for 20 GB.

 

Cloud Drive

Cloud Player for Web

Cloud Player for Android

Cost

-5 GB: Free
-20 GB: Free for one year with purchase of MP3 album
-Additional storage plans starting at $20 a year

-Free

-Free

Storage

-Digital Music
-Videos
-Photos
-Documents

-N/A

-N/A

Format

-Music: Any type of file
-Video: Any type of file
-Pictures: Any type of file
-Documents: Any type of file

-Music: MP3, AAC

-Music: MP3, AAC

Compatible
Devices

-Macs
-PCs

-Android Phones
-Android Tablets
-Macs
-PCs

-Android Phones
-Android Tablets

Audio Quality

-N/A

-Original bit rate of your music file

-Original bit rate of your music file

Basic Features

-Upload, download, move, copy, delete, rename.

-Upload, download, playback, playlist management

-Upload, download, playback, playlist management

Via:  Business Wire
Tags:  Amazon, Storage, music, Cloud
Comments
rapid1 3 years ago

I am personally listening to a cloud (internet) stream radio station as we speak. I very often am when I am on my computer. One thing I am trying to figure out is what this would cost or how it would be charged if used on a smart phone. I imagine it would probably be more economical to just save stream from my PC to a memory card and insert it in my phone. I am just wondering if Amazon as well as others who provide direct streaming will enter into agreements with cellular providers, or if the cellular providers will provide it themselves at some point in time.

rapid1 3 years ago

The one thing I did not talk about is the ability to save your music to a personal cloud account. I think that is very interesting. I would be able to buy music and have it available anywhere at any time from the service. I therefor would not need to keep any type of media period. That in itself is interesting to me as well. Our whole lives and every form of media (desktop etc.) we have I think will shortly if not already in some cases be available anywhere.

inspector 3 years ago

But if your underground you won't get any music :P. I still rather have ti stored on my device then to receive it over a connection.

LLeCompte 3 years ago

I think it's a cool idea, it kinda works like a dropbox, meaning you can back up all your files online and still listen to it. I actually took a look at it last night after I bought an album. I'm still going to use google music because it will be intergraded into my phone.

HHGrrl 3 years ago

I like the idea of having the music accessible from anywhere, but for people on limited bandwidth smartphone plans, it still makes sense to download the music and store it on a card for local access.

omegadraco 3 years ago

They still need to build out automatic syncing of certain folders and the pricing needs to become more inline with other backup plans several of which offer unlimited space for 5-10 dollars a month.

SJones 2 years ago

Based on this very functionality and flexibility, many vendors now offer PaaS (Platform as a Service) for entrepreneurs who wish to start offering services based on a cloud platform. The PaaS allows consumers to build a virtual datacenter on their own and install applications and services instantly. It is one of the service that is gaining pace rapidly. eNlight a cloud computing platform from eukhost is a similar service that's gaining popularity at a fast pace. It's a PaaS utility with console access making it more flexible for users to have better control over the cloud.

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