Mar 28, 2011
While many of us have been anxiously awaiting Google’s cloud music services to arrive, Amazon has gone ahead and pulled the rug right out from under us and released their own cloud services. Anyone with an Amazon account and a valid U.S. billing address can now access 5GB of free cloud drive storage along with Amazon’s Cloud Player for the web and Android (Sorry iOS).
Starting with 5GB, users can upload their music library as well as videos, documents, and other digital files. If you need more space, Amazon is offering an additional 20GB if you purchase an MP3 album from Amazon.com between 9:00PM PST on March 28, 2011 and 11:59PM PST on December 31, 2011. Be aware that this 20GB upgrade will only be good for one year from the date of your purchase and I’m not quite sure what they will do with your files once your time is up. Of course you could purchase another album or you could always choose from one of their storage plans which range from 20GB for $20/yr to 1000GB for $1000/yr.
Another Amazon selling point is the ability to save any newly Amazon.com purchased music directly to your Cloud Drive for free without it counting towards your allotted storage. This is great news for those of you who purchase your music through Amazon.com. Once you have your music stored, all you have to do is launch the Amazon Cloud Player from any web-connected computer or Android device (built into the Amazon MP3 app) and enjoy!
That’s about it. In one fell swoop, Amazon has managed to put Google, iOS, and Dropbox on their back feet and the only real winner seems to be us. Check out the links below for more info on how to get started and what Amazon Cloud Player is all about.