As you may have already heard, Amazon recently launched a service called Cloud Drive, their own online file storage solution, which allows users to upload up to 5GB worth of documents, files, and music to their servers, for free. In addition, Amazon also launched a new service, Cloud Player, which allows users to play media files, such as music, that is stored on their Cloud Drive accounts.
Amazon’s Cloud Drive is similar to Microsoft’s Windows Live SkyDrive, in that it allows users to create an account and upload music and many other types of files to Amazon’s servers, in order to store it online. However, unlike Windows Live SkyDrive, any music album that is purchased from AmazonMP3 automatically gets added to a user’s Amazon Cloud Drive.
In addition, if a user purchases an album from AmazonMP3, they will automatically receive a free storage upgrade to 20GB for a year, which would normally cost $20. However, any albums or songs that you have previously purchased will not be automatically added to your Cloud Drive.
Also, there are more storage upgrades available, including $50 for 50GB of space, $100 for 100GB of space, and so on. These upgrades go all the way up to 1TB of storage space, which would cost users $1,000.
If you would like to upload music to your Cloud Drive from your computer, you are allowed to do so, but any of the files that you upload must be free of DRM, or digital rights management.
Amazon Cloud Player is the web-based music player that users can use to listen to any of the songs that are on their Cloud Drive accounts, including purchases from the AmazonMP3 store. Amazon Cloud Player also works on Android devices, as it is built into the AmazonMP3 application, which can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace, as well as Android’s AppStore. However, there is not currently a Cloud Player application for iPhones or other iOS devices.