Amazon Cloud Player is an online music locker service that you can use to store digital music files. Along with the music purchases you make from the Amazon MP3 store, you can also upload digital audio files that you have accumulated in other ways: digital music services; ripped audio CDs; recorded Internet streams; downloads from free and legal sources, and more. Once your music is in the cloud, you can stream it to your computer and certain other supported devices. Another advantage of storing your digital music in a remote location using cloud storage like the Amazon Cloud Player is that it gives you a disaster recovery option should you need to use it in the case of a major disaster such as fire or theft.
Cost and Storage Space
There is a free option that you can use, but this is quite limited compared to Amazon’s subscription offering. But whichever service you eventually opt for, your Amazon MP3 store purchases don’t count towards your storage limit — only your uploads do. Your options are:
Amazon Cloud Player Free:
You can upload up to 250 songs using this free service.
Amazon Cloud Player Premium:
Paying an annual subscription fee enables you to store up to 250,000 uploaded songs. This service also has a couple of other features worth pointing out: First, you won’t have to upload every single file from your computer as you might have to with other competing services.
This is because Cloud Player Premium has a scan and match feature similar to Apple’s iTunes Match service. It first scans the music on your computer to see if the songs you have are already in Amazon’s vast music library. If exact matches are found, they are automatically added to your Amazon music locker negating the need to upload them.
If you have a large library, this feature could save you a considerable amount of upload time. Another feature that is also similar to Apple’s iTunes Match service is the upgrading of songs to high-quality 256 Kbps audio — if there’s a version available in this bitrate then your lower resolution songs get automatically upgraded.
In order to upload your music, you will need to use the Amazon Music Importer application. This works in conjunction with the embedded Amazon Cloud Player app in your browser. It is compatible with iTunes, Windows Media Player, and can also find music in folders on your computer’s hard drive. To install this, you will need either:
Streaming Devices/ Amazon Cloud Player Service
Along with streaming your music to a computer running Windows or Mac OS X, there are several devices that are compatible with Amazon Cloud Player, including Android devices, Kindle Fire, iOS (iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad), and Sonos wireless Wi-Fi systems.