Amazon Cloud Drive gets sort-of-unlimited music storage

Clearly, Amazon isn’t taking the impending arrival of iCloud lying down. The company has announced three improvements that make Cloud Drive and Cloud Player a bit more like the upcoming Apple service, well ahead of that service’s debut.

According to Amazon, any songs purchased from its Amazon MP3 service—even before the announcement—"will not count against a customer’s storage quota" on Cloud Drive. For a "limited time," the same will go for any MP3 and AAC songs stored on the service. Even folks who pay for the cheapest, $20-a-year plan will have "unlimited space for music" in addition to their 20GB of cloud storage, the company says. It doesn’t elaborate on the duration of the limited-time offer, though… or what will happen to stored music when the offer ends.

The third improvement is somewhat less exciting. Amazon’s Cloud Player service, which lets Cloud Drive users listen to their stored music on Macs, PCs, and Android handhelds, is now accessible from the iPad.

Steve Jobs made some jabs directly at Cloud Drive during the iCloud introduction last month, so it’s no surprise to see Amazon adjust its offer. In case you missed (or forgot) the big news, iCloud will store all songs you purchase on iTunes. Users will be able to pay $24.99 a year to get all of their non-iTunes music stored in the cloud, too. Unlike with the Amazon service, however, users won’t be forced to upload music that’s available on the iTunes Store—a perk that could save quite a bit of uploading time for folks with large music collections.

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    • IngridElle
    • 8 years ago

    Even if Amazon has a few drawbacks right now, there are a number of reasons why it will be successful in the long run:

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    These cloud services just sound like an excuse to not continue increasing storage in portable devices. Yes, it’s only for music but that’s just for now…I was really expecting to see 128GB flash-based devices by now just because of continued flash process shrinks but nope.

    • Farting Bob
    • 8 years ago

    How clever is Amazons filtering program? Can i just rar up 200GB of stuff, split it into ~10mb chunks and rename all the files *.mp3, then change them back if i need them?

      • albundy
      • 8 years ago

      hahaha, well done! had to do similar with executables on gmail drive back in the day.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 8 years ago

    Worth adding that iCloud also currently won’t stream music from the cloud. You have to download the song to your device and then play it from there. It’s not so much that this bothers me as it just surprises me that Apple missed this in its crusade to make a compelling service. It did a great job of giving its users things they’ve needed with these updates to come. Giving us a backlog of our purchases from iTunes? Yes, please. Giving us a way to get at our purchases in the future in case we lose our backup? Yes. Giving us a way to manage our devices without a PC? Finally. Giving us a way to backup our iOS device to the cloud? Finally.

    So it’s odd when Google and Amazon both show up with streaming ability from the cloud, Apple shrugs and says, “Download the whole song.” It’s almost like Steve Jobs gets a list of things that would make the service perfect, then closes his eyes and points at a couple features and says, “Now cut those off so we can add them later in a new version.” Specifically, I’m thinking of releasing the iPad 2 without some kind of bump in resolution to match the retina update for iPhone 4 after making such a big deal about it. Or adding folders, but not at least one level of folders inside of folders to give us some good, advanced management of the crapload of apps many of us will have? Or not having folders for years to begin with? Forcing us to use PC’s to update for years after Android was doing better?

    It’s just bizarre to me some of the features that are left off despite how obvious and important they are.

    • canmnanone
    • 8 years ago

    is it compatible with winmo 6.5?

    • Corrado
    • 8 years ago

    Would be nice if they made an iPhone client.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    SOMEWHAT LESS EXCITING?!?!?!? NO WAY!!! I CAN LISTEN ON MY IPAD 2 NOW!! (which i don’t actually own) I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOREVER!!!! (i haven’t)

      • bitcat70
      • 8 years ago

      Whoa… damn… I think my eardrum just burst.

        • StuG
        • 8 years ago

        Mine too x.x

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          with love! ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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