Play music from anywhere with Amazon Cloud Player

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 12:37 by Tech Correspondent

Amazon Cloud Player, as the name suggests, is a Cloud-based music player that lets you upload music to Amazon’s servers and play it back from a range of devices.

What Amazon Cloud Player essentially does is serve as your very own portable storage device that you can use to play music from any compatible computer or through your Android phone or tablet. Suggested read: Android apps on discount at Amazon App Store

You get 5GB of free storage space from Amazon. Purchasing an album through Amazon gets you another 20GB. Every 1GB is charged at $1 after that. Music purchased through Amazon is saved directly in the Cloud and doesn’t count toward the user’s storage quota.

Photo: Amazon Cloud Player

To upload MP3 music files from your computer or Android device to the Amazon Cloud Player, launch the app and use the “Save to Amazon Cloud Drive” button. The app not only lets you to upload music, but organize it and create playlists too.

Apart from music, Amazon Cloud Drive also allows customers to upload and store all kinds of digital files, such as, photos, videos and documents to be stored securely in Amazon’s servers, available via Web browsers on any computer.

For now, the Amazon Cloud Player Web-based music service is available only in the United States for users who have an Amazon account with a valid U.S. billing address. Also see: Google Cloud Print services for wireless printing

Apple and Google are also said to be working on Cloud-based music players, but Amazon clearly has beaten them to it. Though Safari browser for Mac devices is said to support Cloud Player for Web app, many users are complaining their Macs are not playing back the music.

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

“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.”

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