Amazon Cloud Player

Amazon has just announced a new music service – Amazon Cloud Player. It works like this:

  • Using your Amazon account, buy music from Amazon MP3 and save it to your Amazon Cloud Drive. No cap on the amount of music stored if you purchase it from the Amazon MP3 service.
  • Download and install the Amazon Cloud Player (for Android or web); play your music using this app.
  • Add any music you already have to the Cloud Drive. First 5 GB of storage are free; 20 GB are free if you purchase an album from the MP3 service.

Sounds great, right? It’s your music and you are storing it in the cloud instead of a hard drive. If you have an Android device, you have access to it pretty much wherever your are; have access to the web, same thing.

Unfortunately, the music industry thinks that Amazon needs licenses for the music before they can launch this type of service and they have none.

From Amazon:

Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It’s like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player available.

Makes sense to me, but I’m sure we’ll see more on this.

[from ars technica]

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