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Amazon Cloud Player

Online storage and playback of your music and video collection

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Amazon's Cloud Drive & Player

  • Apr 7, 2011
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Once again Amazon blazes a new trails for digital content. First was the Kindle and books have never been the same since. Buying a new book is now just a few keystrokes away and mere seconds before it is in your hands. Now we have Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. User's get 5 FREE gigabytes of content storage in the Cloud Drive, and MP3s purchased (or free) from Amazon do not count towards this limit. Buy an album (can go as low as $.69) and get 20 GB of storage in a year long trial. This offer is good until the end of 2011 and does not automatically renew, and you call also purchase larger storage options.

Your Cloud Drive can also hold music from your computer's personal library, as well as videos, documents, and other digital files. This is very useful if you want to access files at work or on a trip, and don't want to worry about bringing a USB thumb drive or some other storage device. To access these files in the cloud, you just need to log in to your Amazon account. I've uploaded Word documents, music and home video with no problems at all, and have been able to get at them from a number of other computers. You can manage the content of your Cloud Drive simply by clicking on the "Your Digital Items" link at the top left of most Amazon pages. I don't foresee maxing out the 5 GB starter much less my 20 GB trial storage limit any time soon, but you never know how these things will evolve.

Playing music using the Cloud Player is simple. The interface is straightforward, though not overly refined in it's current incarnation. You can sort your MP3 collection by Songs, Albums, Artists, Genre, and Deleted Items. Supported formats are .mp3 and .m4a AAC files (Includes iTunes store purchased files). Playback quality is good and over a few days of listening, I've only encountered one or two hiccups. This was on my Mac desktop at work and at work on another older Mac. As promised you can also download any of these files. Right now Cloud Player also works on Android devices, but Apple i-products are not yet supported. I suspect that may change soon.

Initial reactions across the web have been for the most part quite positive. I know that I've enjoyed the experience so far. Time will tell how reliant people become on services like this but I applaud Amazon for taking pioneering strides towards making Cloud Computing more useful to you and I. For more information, feel free to visit the provided links.
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December 19, 2011
I like the features.
 
April 12, 2011
I need to get in on this! Thanks for sharing, Kort :)
April 12, 2011
My pleasure and yes, get in on it! :]
 
April 12, 2011
Great review! The only downside for me is that it highlighted how out of date my music collection is. :-)
April 12, 2011
Hah, sorry about that. Vintage music collections are the best though! ;)
 
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review by . March 30, 2011
posted in Awesomeness
Amazon yesterday released their Cloud Drive and while it's not apparently very different to Microsoft's Skydrive or Google Apps file storage, is nonetheless a major step in the direction of cloud-based excellence.      For full disclosure, I'm the author of the book Google Apps Express, and I'm frequently seen on other media ranting on about how much I like the cloud, in between of bouts of being disappointed that this isn't all happening more quickly.   …
Quick Tip by . March 29, 2011
With Amazon offering free cloud storage for any music purchased through Amazon as well as 5GB of storage for free, Amazon has the first compelling reason to switch from iTunes. However, from my limited testing, I was not able to stream music from the "cloud" to my iPhone directly. I imagine that it's only a (short) matter of time before that gets resolved.
Quick Tip by . April 07, 2011
posted in Ubergizmo
Right now, Amazon's Cloud Player only supports MP3 and M4A (AAC) non-DRM music files under 100MB in size. That may change in the future however, and any file format can be stored n you Cloud Drive.
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