Amazon Cloud Player Streaming Music To The Web And Beyond
Amazon announces the release of the long anticipated Cloud Application and Player, and it is free.
While all of us have been excited about the near arrival of the upcoming Google Music developments Amazon has not been sitting around doing nothing. Released today, Amazon Cloud Player allows users to stream a library of upto 5GB (upgradeable to 20GB) of music to the web and Android devices, and best of all, for free.
I have now got the new Amazon MP3 uploader working on my home machine, uploading 300 of my favorite songs, the uploads are fast and so far no problems or lost music. The Adobe Air application searches iTunes and Windows Media Player for your stored playlists and allows you browse folders to find music that you would like to upload.
What is really relevant here though, are the music files in the feature, Amazon Cloud Player can handle MP3 and AAC bought directly from the Amazon store, from iTunes, or from your own computer.The technology is powered by Amazon Cloud Drive, an online storage locker for files of all types not just music. I have only uploaded 10 albums, but so far I have experienced few problems and have found it easy to use and navigate.
The Amazon Cloud Drive provides users with 5GB of storage for free but here is a tip, buy your first Amazon MP3 Album and that will increase to 20GB. If you want even more storage capacity, well then, they have got a full range of packages for purchase, but right now it looks like the best start is to just purchase an album and get your 20GB up and running.
The application is thankfully simple, thank you Amazon, bug free and overall smooth you operate. The application has been included in the Amazon MP3 app, start up and you are given a simple choice- Store or Player. The player allows you play the music on your Cloud Drive, your media device, the store also allows purchasing of songs directly into your Cloud Drive. The process is very smooth and the music streaming sounds top quality. Another great feature is that Amazon streams the music at the original bit rate, which provides better playback quality than some other services that I have used before.
The Cloud player gives you wonderful play controls that go with you to any location within the application, this allows for seamless playback as you navigate through out the system. The only downside i found was the graphical interface which did not seem top notch but I am very impressed with the launch.
Now we wait to see what Google pulls out of its bag. We wait and see.
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