Amazon Launches ‘Cloud Drive’ Music Service
As expected, Amazon has officially unveiled its "Cloud Drive" music service that will let users store their own music on Amazon's cloud servers and stream their music from anywhere.
"Our customers have told us they don’t want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices,” said Bill Carr, vice president of movies and music at Amazon. “Now, whether at work, home or on the go, customers can buy music from Amazon MP3, store it in the cloud and play it anywhere."
Amazon Cloud Drive gives 5GB of storage for free to anyone who wants it. Users can upload any music they like and then stream it over multiple devices with the Cloud Player app. Cloud Player works in Web browsers or Android devices.
If users purchase music from the Amazon MP3 store, the tracks are automatically uploaded to the user's Cloud Drive account and do not count toward the storage limit. If a user buys a complete album through Amazon's MP3 store, the storage limit is automatically bumped up to 20GB, for free.
For those who have exceptionally large music collections, Amazon has other storage plans starting at $20 per year. Streaming music is unlimited whether it's through PC, Mac or Android device.