Amazon seems to be on a roll lately. Last week, they released the Amazon App Store for Android, and this week they have released Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. The new service allows you to upload your music (or other files), then stream them via the integrated Amazon Cloud Player (which is built into the Amazon MP3 app) on Android or from the web.
“We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience. 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,” commented Bill Carr, vice president for Movies and Music at Amazon. “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. 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.”
Amazon Cloud Drive is a free online storage service that allows you to remotely store virtually all kinds of digital files including music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon’s secure servers, and directly access them anywhere on any web-connected Windows PC, Mac or Android-based devices. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files. This service comes with at least 5 GB of free storage space to store up to 1000 songs. Amazon also offers additional paid storage plans from 20GB to 1TB storage space, priced at $20 per year – $1000 a year, respectively. Good news is that Amazon is ruining a promotion right now that if you buy an MP3 album from Amazon, they would give you 20GB storage space free for 1 Year (there are lot of Amazon Albums that cost less than $1 for you to purchase). In addition, new purchases from Amazon MP3 store are stored directly in your Cloud Drive for free of charge – without taking up any of your free storage space.
Amazon Cloud Player is a music streaming service which allows you to stream music stored on your free Amazon Cloud Drive in either MP3 or AAC formats directly in your browser or through the use of the free Amazon MP3 Android app. Amazon Cloud Player for Web initially supports Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, Google Chrome, and Safari for Mac. And 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. There is no words when when Cloud Player will be avaiable for iOS.
This Cloud Player service is intended for U.S. customers only at the moment but anyone with an Amazon account can use the Cloud Drive to store files. Getting Started Cloud Player and Cloud Drive by visiting this link.