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Amazon Announces Cloud Music Service and Player on Android, Your Music from Anywhere

Talk about awesome midnight news out of the Amazon camp.  How does a new cloud music service sound?

So here is the deal – it’s a new cloud-based music service that allows you to purchase music and decide to upload it to the cloud so that you can access it from anywhere, or save it directly to your device.  Obviously the smart thing here is to attach all of your purchases to your personal Amazon cloud so that you can later download them onto any device of your choosing.  Here’s the catch though; you only start out with 5GB of free cloud storage space, but can quickly up that to 20GB just by purchasing an MP3 album.  You can also upload your current music library to the cloud using Amazon’s uploader.

Here are the pricing plans for additional Cloud storage:

We’ve got that whole process for using the cloud detailed for you in pictures below.  

When you open the new Amazon MP3 app, you get to decide if you want to shop for songs or head straight to the player to play any music that you have in your cloud.  It will also let you play music stored on your device and is really an all-in-one kind of guy.

If you decide to shop, you can decide after purchasing if you want to save your songs to the cloud drive or directly onto your device.

Here is what the cloud music player looks like after saving your purchases to your cloud drive.  Oh, and it also includes a button to allow you to download to the device you are currently using.  Yessir.

More info here, here and here.  Download Link.

Cheers James!

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  • iH8myHero

    Kills the battery on my HTC Hero. But then, again, what doesn’t? :oP

    Seriously, though, from full charge I was down to 50% in about an 1.5 hours! Unlike Pandora, it seems not only to be continuously streaming data, but at a much higher kb rate as well. I love this idea, but on my phone this just isn’t going to work unless I’m constantly plugged in, which is kind of pointless for a mobile wireless device.

  • Obviously the smart thing here is to attach all of your purchases to your personal Amazon cloud so that you can later download them onto any device of your choosing.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, a cloud streaming service that can stream MY music to MY phone… just in time for when unlimited data is about to be (or if you are on at&t already) a thing of the past. What good will this be to have on my Android phone if I am about to be put under a &#$%@ cap?

  • rob

    I wonder if anyone can figure out a problem I am having with my music. I have an rooted OG droid that I swap out roms on every month or so (currently running cyanogen mod 7). A couple of months back, the music player on my droid stopped recognizing most of my music files, other than ones that I had purchased and downloaded in the last year or so. All of my burned in files, that I transfered over from my computer…just became invisible. This is really annoying since the zoom I just purchased Sunday has the same problem. Poweramp will let me play the music by browsing to the file folders, but the on board player on both my droid and my xoom…only sees the downloaded material. Is this a windows file problem or what?? I have tried transfering the files directly and synging using the wmp…same result. I only have about 16 gigs worth of music, but it would be really nice to be able to play it with the on board players….esp. the zooms….

  • I didn’t know people still bought music. How quaint.

  • Of course the music industry is crying about any method that makes it easier for people to access and listen to their music. Now that they have an all-encompassing distribution system, I don’t see why amazon just doesn’t start a simple music publishing service and kill those scum once and for all. Imagine how beneficial this could be for up and coming local bands to get their music discovered while also getting paid.

  • Waknatious

    Looks cool but I won’t use it.

  • Been playing around with the player for a bit. I’m kind of comparing it to Audiogalaxy, as I’ve been using that pretty heavy to stream from the computer. It’s about as smooth as AG was when it released. It has some issues, most of which AG ironed out for near gapless play, although it seems to do a little better when you don’t skip to the next song. The player itself is a little limited, but it seems to get the job done. It’s a solid platform to build on, and I hope Amazon keeps working on it, because it definitely has potential — enough that I’m contemplating buying the best of the Beastie Boys for $3 to get the extra 15 gigs of storage. Yes, I’m a cheap bastard. Anything more though.. I’m going to wait until Google releases their cloud solution, let them battle it out head to head.

    So while the platform is a little barebones, it definitely works, it seems pretty consumer friendly pricing wise, Amazon’s landed a solid opening blow in the streaming music wars.

    Although anyone saying they don’t trust Amazon — really, you trust Dropbox? Why? If you’re going to be paranoid, don’t half-ass it.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    say hello to bigger data usage, if you buy into this, and don’t have unlimited data.. ouch

    neat idea and love the cloud & technology like this, I just wont use this really to be honest.

  • is the cloud accessible on my macbook with iTunes??

  • is the cloud accessible on my macbook with iTunes??

    • Sort of. It’s accessible, but you can either use their player, or download the MP3s to your computer.

  • Many of these topics on Droid-life sound so great to an uninformed noob like myself. Then I read the comments and feel less and less informed … not to mention ripped off. Problem is, I’m left with no information to help me overcome the lack of technological intellect most of you posses then I think … do I really want to? Thanks a lot you anti-everything glory sucking pessimists! 😉

    • I’m glad I replied to your innocent question before reading this drivel.

  • Borat?

  • Padrick77

    Now if they would only automatically link all my previously purchased music to this cloud player I would be really happy.

  • Anonymous

    Amazon really stepped their game this year I’m happy so far…..

  • Wow…1000 GB for $1000, where do I sign up?!

    Not.

  • )v(urphy

    Um, bye bye Dropbox??

  • )v(urphy

    Um, bye bye Dropbox??

  • Jerflash63

    everyone should just run audiogalaxy. its free and if you dont turn your computer off (like most of us) you will have all your music ready whenever you need it

  • Jerflash63

    everyone should just run audiogalaxy. its free and if you dont turn your computer off (like most of us) you will have all your music ready whenever you need it

  • digsoreos

    Looks cool but wish there was a way to upload to the Amazon Cloud from your phone. I can see why they might want to help you not use up your data plan doing this, but if you’re connected to wifi that wouldn’t be a problem. It appears as though you have to connect your phone to a computer to upload previously purchased Amazon MP3 tracks to the cloud by pulling from your SD card.

    • NKTizzle

      +1

      Plus I could see it as a way to archive video and photos on your phone. An instant upload to Amazon after taking a picture would be great. That way if my phone takes a digger, my stuff would be saved.

  • Anonymous

    On a somewhat related note, if the above shots are from Kellex’s phone, he has some seriously bad taste in music.

    • lol you’re joking right? daft punk? seriously bad? Cee-Lo? both of those are insanely good. i’m indifferent about the others

      • Anonymous

        Nope, not joking.

        • AlliedForces

          Ahh my favorite nazi of them all, followed closely by his brother Grammar. The only good music in Music Nazis eyes is limited to what he enjoys himself. Anyone who listens to music outside of this realm disgusts Music Nazi and will one day reformed by his regime where everyone will only listen to the music he deems “good”.

          • Anonymous

            How did you know I was a grammar nazi!

            In all seriousness, I was totally being sarcastic about the music. I guess I should have made that clear with my response from earlier.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm I’ve been weighing whether or not I want to buy a 32gb microSD card or if I want to go with something like this… just hoping that the price drops to <$50 on those cards before long.

  • Anonymous

    I will never use amazon’s music service.. I bought a couple albums through them and put it on my og Droid. But after flashing a ROM that whined everything, I assumed I could just go re download them from the site. Nope, it doesn’t let you. It clearly shows I bought them, with no option to re download them. If I’m wrong please correct me.

    • Anonymous

      You’re not wrong. This service, though, rectifies that issue. It’s like having iTunes in the cloud.

  • Fantastic idea that works well!
    It is a cloud media player…not supposed to compete with Dropbox.
    Can’t wait to see if Google Music can beat it!

  • Anonymous

    so 200gb a year? that kind of a rip off!!!

  • Anonymous

    so 200gb a year? that kind of a rip off!!!

  • I just tweeted this, but just want to point out that this pretty much in no way competes with Dropbox. No API. No clients on any platform. No auto-sync of flies between locations. You basically have to use up more of your bandwidth every time you want to use a file on a different device.

    And the worst part? Notice how there’s no way to let other people access files on your share? That’s because sharing of anything on Amazon’s cloud is specifically prohibited in the TOS.

    Sure it’s cheap. But is it useful? Not really – it’s a half-assed solution to get “cloud” out there without thinking about how you will use it, and they know it – that’s why they are doing the music promotion thing, to try and make it seem useful when it’s – to put it plainly – not. Amazon is giving you less functionality than MS gave you 5 years ago with Skydrive. People didn’t want that then, and they certainly don’t want it now.

    • I do love me some dropbox. Honestly, I’m wary of anything that runs through a corpo like Amazon. I’ve never purchased music from them, and I’ll not start now. If I want to drop sub money, dropbox is where I’ll stay…

      • Although why would you trust the people who run Dropbox any more? Because you don’t know who they are? If you’re going to be paranoid, don’t half-ass it.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t need to sync anything more than music and a couple documents here and there, so for me this is a better option than dropbox. I can spend $50 a year instead of $120 and get 50 GB of music accessible anywhere. It’s unfortunate that I’ll have to upload it manually, but I’ll do it to save $70 a year. And yes, I can’t just link my friends to it, but it would be easy as hell to log in on their computer/phone, download the files and log out. Another thing I’ll do to save $70 a year.

      Yes, it’s “half-assed” in comparison to dropbox, but it’s also half priced.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t need to sync anything more than music and a couple documents here and there, so for me this is a better option than dropbox. I can spend $50 a year instead of $120 and get 50 GB of music accessible anywhere. It’s unfortunate that I’ll have to upload it manually, but I’ll do it to save $70 a year. And yes, I can’t just link my friends to it, but it would be easy as hell to log in on their computer/phone, download the files and log out. Another thing I’ll do to save $70 a year.

      Yes, it’s “half-assed” in comparison to dropbox, but it’s also half priced.

    • Adam Martinez

      But they’re different services, they don’t need to work the same. I’ve now got 50GB of music accessible (once it uploads) on my phone that still has it’s SD card wide open for whatever else I want. Dropbox is great and I’ve been using it for over a year now to move files between my laptop and home computer, so why not use both services strengths?

    • Adam Martinez

      But they’re different services, they don’t need to work the same. I’ve now got 50GB of music accessible (once it uploads) on my phone that still has it’s SD card wide open for whatever else I want. Dropbox is great and I’ve been using it for over a year now to move files between my laptop and home computer, so why not use both services strengths?

    • Adam Martinez

      But they’re different services, they don’t need to work the same. I’ve now got 50GB of music accessible (once it uploads) on my phone that still has it’s SD card wide open for whatever else I want. Dropbox is great and I’ve been using it for over a year now to move files between my laptop and home computer, so why not use both services strengths?

    • Adam Martinez

      But they’re different services, they don’t need to work the same. I’ve now got 50GB of music accessible (once it uploads) on my phone that still has it’s SD card wide open for whatever else I want. Dropbox is great and I’ve been using it for over a year now to move files between my laptop and home computer, so why not use both services strengths?

    • Adam Martinez

      But they’re different services, they don’t need to work the same. I’ve now got 50GB of music accessible (once it uploads) on my phone that still has it’s SD card wide open for whatever else I want. Dropbox is great and I’ve been using it for over a year now to move files between my laptop and home computer, so why not use both services strengths?

  • Jon Wolff

    ‘Free’ 20 gig account with album purchase is only for a year, and won’t auto renew (which is good), but don’t dump your entire collection up there if you aren’t will to pay for it later..

    Slick service though, Its nice to purchase on a PC and DL it to the phone later.

    • This is awesome…found out on slickdeals you could purchase a $.69 song from glee to get the 20GB upgrade! Awesome!

      • LeeInMKE

        ^ Yep. This definitely works.

  • Anonymous

    Where is the info that says if you buy an album from Amazon it will automatically upgrade you to 20GBs? Do I just have to buy an album, any album, and it will just give me the extra 15GBs? And can I buy one of the cheap $5 albums or does it have to be a full-price album?

  • Anonymous

    This is such great news for anyone who already purchases music from Amazon. What isn’t mentioned in the story is that you get UNLIMITED space for FREE for songs purchased from Amazon. This application, obviously, is not going to be used by everyone. It is targeted for the casual music listener, with the biggest intent of Amazon to get you to purchase music from them rather than somewhere else, which is highlighted by UMLIMITED storage of purchases.

    If you don’t have anything nice to say, feel free to not say anything at all.

  • DroidzFX

    Then the carriers charge you for accessing the data. Sounds like a win win for everyone except the consumer.

    • Anonymous

      /shrug

      I have VZW’s unlimited plan without the throttle, so this really doesn’t affect me.

  • Now, I haven’t R any of TFAs, but these types of services are going to be a lot more interesting if they provide APIs such that any music player can access the music. Amazon (for example) may be good at selling things and having big servers for storing things, but they aren’t necessarily a software shop…so it’s unlikely (at best) that their player is going to be anywhere near top notch…

  • Anonymous

    For a $100/yr I get all the tunes I want from Napster. I use it on 3 phones, my Sonos and PCs. Buying music and then paying to store it at Amazon is great …… for Amazon.

    • Anonymous

      You only pay to store you don’t buy there. The music you buy there doesn’t count to wards your limit. If all you’re music is purchased you don’t have to pay for any storage.

  • Dshudson

    just uploaded 75 songs in like a milisecond

  • Sounds cool, but I’ll wait to see what Google comes up with before I invest any time in moving things to the cloud…

  • Dshudson

    Nice!

  • Anonymous

    Off the subject but, if the 3D on phones is like what I just experienced on the 3DS then bring it on. I’ll buy one.

  • guest

    and yes you can upload your own music to it! YESSSS

  • Arthur

    Music you buy from Amazon doesn’t count against 5gb your storage limit. So if 5gb is enough for your current collection your pretty much set. If not you could always weigh the cost of yearly cloud backup vs buying the music again through amazon.

  • Chris Nimon
    • Anonymous

      You’re going to need a bigger boat

      • Chris Nimon

        Lol, Amazon should come down here and chum some of this ish. Dad quit the DJ
        biz a few years ago and hasnt bought any more music but I did get me a nice
        music library. Thanks dad 🙂

        —–Original message—–

        • Dshudson

          You sure your not the cloud player 😉

      • Chris Nimon

        Lol, Amazon should come down here and chum some of this ish. Dad quit the DJ
        biz a few years ago and hasnt bought any more music but I did get me a nice
        music library. Thanks dad 🙂

        —–Original message—–

    • Anonymous

      You’re going to need a bigger boat

    • Anonymous

      Google gives you 200GB for $50/yr. Maybe when Google gets around to offering Music that’ll work out better, that’s what I am waiting for. In the mean time I’ll play with my 20GB of free-ness for the year.

      • Chris Nimon

        That sounds like a decent deal for someone like me. Even better if dad was still DJ’ing. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Eric

      you don’t have to. You only have 150gig so get the 200 gig option for $200.

  • Crgggltn

    boo. will not upload DRM itunes to the cloud.

    • Chris Nimon

      Way back when I still used itunes I would burn their songs to a rewritable cd and then transfer them back to the computer to get rid of the DRM. Pain in the butt but it works. (also why I quit using itunes.)

      • Crgggltn

        yeah i am too lazy. just wishing there was an easier way.

  • No thanks. I’ll just wait for Google to come out with the free version of this. {{-_-}}

    • Mr.Joe

      I doubt Googles free version will offer more free storage then this.

  • Anonymous

    wow! purchase new music and listen it and my music collection anywhere without syncing each device! also, i like the idea that my collection is backed up in case something happens to my computer… or my backups.

  • If we can get EQ settings (+left/right) across multiple apps we’ll have something.

    As an aside, is the SQ better for new devices? I have a Droid 1 and it’s vastly inferior to my iPod video and Cowon iaudio….

    • arg, can we delete this post? I didn’t see the other one and reposted…

  • now if we can just get an app that does EQ and left/right across all other apps (that works for non-rooted phones) we’ll have something

    well that plus a phone that has decent audio playback…. I’m using a Droid right now, is this being worked on for future phones? Unfortunately I’m hearing vastly inferior SQ through identical files on my Droid than my Ipod video or Cowon iaudio 9

  • Anonymous

    the music player already looks lightyears ahead of Android’s default player…

  • Looks like the Amazon MP3 app went from the most removed bloatware app to the most downloaded in a matter of minutes 😉

  • one thing i’ve already noticed and HATE!: If the album you upload comes up as “Unknown Album” or “Unknown Artist” there is NO WAY to edit it. My tags are correct so idk why it comes up that way.

  • Shanklin07

    So let me get this right, you still have to pay per song? Their is no unlimeted streaming to your device for a monthly fee like zune? Boy, I sure hope Google gets this right when their music store launches. What a stupid idea.

    • Anonymous

      You just upload the music you own and stream it to your device. It will free up storage on your sd card and or let you listen to a lot more music.

      • Shanklin07

        I use audiogalaxy for that. It works great. What I’m talking about is Amazon has no monthly plan that allows you to stream unlimeted music. It is just like Itunes in that you pay per song. I currently use Zune justy because it lets me download all the music I want for 14 bucks a month. No one has come close to even getting me to switch. I sure hope google does.

        • Anonymous

          I have the zune pass too but my only problem is my only choices of devices are a zune player or wp7. But I see what your saying and hopefully google has something up its sleeve for Google Music.

          • Anonymous

            U can’t burn a cd of the music then move them? That was the trick back in the old days.

  • Edgar

    I can’t seem to upload anything. I hit the upload button and nada.

  • Anonymous

    Amazon and Google should team up for music and video services.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like they have!

  • Anonymous

    Well ther’e one key difference. Amazon is $1/GB. Google’s storage is much cheaper. So if Google gets in the game that would certainly help them out. I pay $50/yr for 200GB of storage with Google.

    • Anonymous

      Music companies want more money so I’m sure Google couldn’t get by with those prices.

  • Remember when Google was just for search

    Remember when Amazon was for buying books online

  • Anonymous

    Anyone want to guess how quickly this streaming music service will eat your battery vs. playing music from your SD card?

    • Anonymous

      Well the thing is you don’t have to stream. They can still exist on the device and any new songs you purchase can still be downloaded to the device.

  • The Observer

    Crud… I’m not paying $500/year to listen to my music.

  • nice…

  • Not subscription based like Spotify? Sorry not interested…

  • Wow, this is super cool.

  • Anonymous

    Amdroid!

  • Anonymous

    Really though….there going to have to charge eventually….google i can see haing thousands of terrabites…but amazon….not so many…lets see how this goes….

    • Anonymous

      you do know they sell storage on their business cloud service by the TB?

    • Anonymous

      Amazon wants you to buy their songs to store in the cloud. That’s where they make their money.

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Sooo how much would it cost if I have 100 gigs of music?

    And before I get 100 people telling me there’s no way I listen to all of that music, let’s avoid the debate and just answer the question, haha.

  • *spits out drink* What?! Way to go Amazon!!! Google Music is in trouble… plus I read on egadget this works for iTunes songs as well! Ooooo man.

  • Anonymous

    wholy crap…..not only amazon kindle for books, and app store for well apps…but now music and streaming…google can you please buy amazon?

  • Princesation

    Does you computer have to be on like audiogalaxy?

    • shr1k3r

      most doubtful… amazon has enough computers for that

    • Jeff

      its amazon cloud… so no the files will be on amazon servers

    • Dinofan01

      no which is why im interested in this.

  • Greg

    Wow. This is a HUGE comeup. HUGE. Now I can remove crap off my sd card.. have 20gbs of music on cloud..Wonder if we have to play it via Amazon mp3 app.. because umm yeah… PowerAmp is still my favorite

  • I really hope Amazon are going to do the same for video!

    • Anonymous

      I believe you can download video on there. Haven’t done it myself but it looks like you can do it through the same process…still waiting on music to upload

  • Guest

    So I have 30 gigs of music on my computer… if I buy 1 album from amazon I get the 20 gigs + the 5 that everyone gets for upload? So I would be able to upload 25 gigs of my music? I may not be reading this correctly…

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think so. I believe they are tiers that you buy and can probably upgrade by paying the difference. So originally you would have 5gb and if you bought an album you’d get a total of 20gb.

  • goblueboy

    wow. looks like i am leaving my computer on all night. for about 1.8gb of storage it will take 6..8..13…15…13…9…8…0…9.. hours till it finishes downloading. SWEET

  • goblueboy

    wow. looks like i am leaving my computer on all night. for about 1.8gb of storage it will take 6..8..13…15…13…9…8…0…9.. hours till it finishes downloading. SWEET

  • Anonymous

    Amazon to Google: You make the OS, we’ll make it’s users happy.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t get it, the iphone has had free music streaming by a third party for a long time with mspot.

      • i hope you like your 2GB free when we have 5GB
        android<iphone

      • mSpot isn’t that great, it’s slow and the UI sucks. Amazon just upped the bar, Cloud Music looks really nice.

  • Afportare

    Did Amazon just beat google at being um google?

  • Afportare

    Did Amazon just beat google at being um google?

    • Not really. Google already offers cloud storage which can hold emails, files, documents, pictures, videos and can even do music with the installation of the honeycomb music player on your android phone.

      Better yet the pricing from Google is way better.

      8 GB (free)
      20 GB ($5.00 USD per year)
      80 GB ($20.00 USD per year)
      200 GB ($50.00 USD per year)
      400 GB ($100.00 USD per year)
      1 TB ($256.00 USD per year)
      2 TB ($512.00 USD per year)
      4 TB ($1,024.00 USD per year)
      8 TB ($2,048.00 USD per year)
      16 TB ($4,096.00 USD per year)

      • Anonymous

        Yessur I was waiting for someone to mention audiogalaxy. I think that’s still the best option in my opinion.

        • Anonymous

          I’m surprised Subsonic doesn’t get more love. It’s the shizz.

          • I could never get Subsonic to work with my collection. it was very disappointing. I even tried contacting the dev and he just sent me to the FAQ doc. I was underwhelmed.

          • Anonymous

            I run it off my freenas server and couldn’t be happier. The biggest limitation to me, is that it relies on folder structure as opposed to id3 tags. It’s done that way to avoid the length of time it would take to scan all the tags on a large collection, but I’d much it read tags.

        • Anonymous

          i am now checking audiogalaxy out. thank you everyone who said something

  • Anonymous

    This is Google’s plan. Amazon is Google’s music cloud service

    • I think you are right.

    • I think you are right.

    • oh Googlezon when will you come true.

      • Afportare

        Not if the SEC has anything to say about it…

    • oh Googlezon when will you come true.

    • Anonymous

      Hope not. Kinda wanted it to be just Google.

    • You don’t actually believe this do you?

  • goblueboy

    don’t you have to buy the music from amazon first though? weak.

    • No, to access the 20GB cloud storage you have to at least buy 1 album.

      • goblueboy

        yeah nevermind my post. found out you can upload your own

      • goblueboy

        yeah nevermind my post. found out you can upload your own

      • Jeff

        and purchased songs from amazon mp3 don’t count toward your limit

  • I think i’ll stick to Audiogalaxy. I’m not limited to just my amazon cloud, but my entire collection.

    • Jeff

      subsonic is another great one if you don’t want to upload your collection

    • Dinofan01

      naw dont want my computer on 24/7 so I can stream music.

  • um, yes please!

    oh, and first 😉