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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!

  • http://twitter.com/illrigger Jeremy Turnley

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/JBod Justin

      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…

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.goldstone Jeremy Goldstone

        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.

    • http://twitter.com/lollee76 Theresa

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520188807 Miguel Delapaz

    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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520188807 Miguel Delapaz

    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.

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    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.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ideamotor Idea Motor

    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….

    • http://profiles.google.com/ideamotor Idea Motor

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

  • http://profiles.google.com/ideamotor Idea Motor

    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…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.pitzner Joe Pitzner

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdenman03 Jared Denman

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dexx-Brown/1747305983 Dexx Brown

    nice…

  • http://twitter.com/bjornwallman Bjorn Wallman

    Not subscription based like Spotify? Sorry not interested…

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      Spotify isn’t available in the U.S.

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonAGrier Jason A. Grier

    *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

  • http://twitter.com/monolithnyc Monolith NYC

    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.

      • http://twitter.com/kn1ghth4wk241 Mike Daniels

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

      • http://profiles.google.com/dsgamecube Kenny Jackson

        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?

    • http://twitter.com/daveloft Dave Loft

      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.

          • http://twitter.com/JBod Justin

            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

    • http://www.facebook.com/jdenman03 Jared Denman

      I think you are right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jdenman03 Jared Denman

      I think you are right.

    • http://profiles.google.com/fortboy888 Jared Bowers

      oh Googlezon when will you come true.

      • Afportare

        Not if the SEC has anything to say about it…

    • http://profiles.google.com/fortboy888 Jared Bowers

      oh Googlezon when will you come true.

    • Anonymous

      Hope not. Kinda wanted it to be just Google.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      You don’t actually believe this do you?

  • goblueboy

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/jdenman03 Jared Denman

      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

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdenman03 Jared Denman

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nat-Thompson/1304370425 Nat Thompson

    um, yes please!

    oh, and first ;)