Amazon announces Cloud Player, streaming music for Android and PC's

Amazon has tonight taken the wraps off a new web-based streaming service that allows users to upload their favourite songs online and listen to them anywhere over the Internet.

With many predicting Apple will soon announce a similar "digital locker" type service, Amazon has made the first move, announcing the new service dubbed Amazon Cloud Player and Cloud Drive free of charge for the first 5GB of storage, after which users will be able to purchase up to 1000GB of space to store their songs.

"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," Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon said in a statement tonight.

"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."

Customers can purchase songs using the Amazon music store, and then choose the option to have the song automatically added to their Cloud Player account. Then, using a special Android application or their web browser on a computer, mobile device or Mac, users can 'stream' the song over the internet allowing access anywhere, anytime and eliminating the need to download the song.

Alternatively, users can upload their own music into the cloud to listen to on the go from their own collections.

For a limited time, Amazon is also offering customers in the United States a year's worth free-of-charge 20GB of space if they purchase an MP3 album from the Amazon MP3 Store by the end of 2011.

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I'm sure there is a market for this, but I'm just not sure who is in that market. I have more than enough music to listen to w/ about 13GB worth on my iPhone. Sure, my total collection is nearly 80GB, but I'm not actively listening to that entire collection of music. Couldn't imagine 1000GB of music storage... perhaps video and music storage. But I want that space locally where I can access it w/o using any bandwidth. 1TB hard drives aren't really that expensive these days. Get 2 and have 1 as a backup drive.

antsy said,
Does anybody proof read these? It's PCs not "PC's".

Lol rEallY?? I think there grammer is aight. You'res seams grate!

DJGM said,

Works fine for me here in the UK.

Cool, they've updated it - page looked totally different earlier. Nice one.

Update: Ok, they let me upload an MP3, but when I try to play it I get this:
"For U.S. Customers Only

It appears that you are attempting to use Amazon Cloud Player from outside the U.S. This service is intended for U.S. customers only."

Edited by travelcard, Mar 29 2011, 2:38pm : Update

Data streamed doesn't count? Pretty sure when I stream youtube/music I'm charged for the data over 3G; moreover, it canes my battery (mainly due to fact that it's fairly slow where I am). Looking forward to Google Music to be released, but it still won't beat having music locally. Keeping it synced would be cool, just not streamed.

dancedar said,
Data streamed doesn't count? Pretty sure when I stream youtube/music I'm charged for the data over 3G; moreover, it canes my battery (mainly due to fact that it's fairly slow where I am). Looking forward to Google Music to be released, but it still won't beat having music locally. Keeping it synced would be cool, just not streamed.

I wrote Wi-Fi, not 3G.

I tried this with the Google Music cloud system pulled from HoneyComb. It's fine, but a) kills your battery streaming, and b) you really need an unlimited connection.

Talk about p2p suffocating bandwidth, redownloading music just to stream/hear it will push it even further.

dancedar said,
I tried this with the Google Music cloud system pulled from HoneyComb. It's fine, but a) kills your battery streaming, and b) you really need an unlimited connection.

Talk about p2p suffocating bandwidth, redownloading music just to stream/hear it will push it even further.

Wi-Fi connections are free and data streamed doesn't count.

CentralDogma said,
This coming to iOS?

Why do you need it for iOS ? you can stream now your 10TB of video/music stored on your PC/HD/NAS to your iOS device from anywhere in the world.

alexalex said,

Why do you need it for iOS ? you can stream now your 10TB of video/music stored on your PC/HD/NAS to your iOS device from anywhere in the world.


How??