Amazon Cloud Player - Your Music Everywhere
Amazon Cloud Player is a digital music storage and streaming service brought to you by Amazon.com. Your music collection is stored online in Amazon’s cloud servers, and the Cloud Player app lets you manage and play them whether you’re at home or on the go. Here’s how it works...
What is Amazon Cloud Player?
Forget about loading up your iPod or smartphone with your favorite tunes before you head off to the gym. Forget about the nuisance of keeping your music collection in sync will all your desktop computers, laptop and mobile devices.
Users of the Amazon Cloud Player service can enjoy their music on many mobile devices, including Kindle Fire, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android devices and any web browser. Soon, the Roku streaming player and the Sonos wireless home entertainment system will support Cloud Player, too.
When Cloud Player debuted in March, 2011, users had to upload their music files to Amazon’s Cloud Drive service. But now, Cloud Player’s “cloud match” will scan your devices for music files and match them against Amazon’s licensed inventory of 20 million tunes. Matches are automatically added to your Cloud Player account without any uploading. This also spares Amazon the cost of storing duplicate files; one licensed copy can serve many users. You can still upload a music file that is not in Amazon’s library.
Cloud Player supports up to ten devices per user account. You can listen to any of your tunes on any device you own, and you don’t have to worry about keeping them all in sync or running out of storage space. And in case you were wondering, Cloud Player will scan your iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries for matches. If you've got music files on your hard drive (even tracks ripped from CDs) chances are good that it will find them. For matched files, you get 256 Kbps sound (geekspeak for high quality audio) even if your source files were of lower quality.
There are free and paid versions of Cloud Player. The free version lets you store up to 250 songs that you did not purchase through Amazon, plus an unlimited number of Amazon purchases. For just $24.99 per year, you can store and stream up to 250,000 non-Amazon songs, plus all Amazon purchases.
Other Whales in the Fish Tank
Apple iTunes Match is similar to Cloud Player. Of course, iTunes Match works on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and Macs. It doesn’t work on Android devices, but it can be used on a PC with a Web browser. Apple’s licensed library contains 28 million tunes. There is no free option. $24.99 per year lets you store and stream up to 25,000 songs; iTunes purchases don’t count against that limit. Up to ten devices are supported per iTunes account.
Google Play is another Cloud Player and iTunes competitor. Users can upload up to 20,000 of their songs to Google Play storage, free of charge. Songs purchased through Google Play do not count against that limit. Google Play supports Android phones and tablets, desktop browsers, and any device that can make use of Adobe Flash. Note: iOS devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) don’t support Flash. Music is only part of Google Play, which also sells movies, e-books, and other digital content.
A Solution in Search of a Problem?
So, are users rushing to move their music collections to the cloud? None of the three companies mentioned here has released any numbers, but market research firm The NPD Group estimates that only six per cent of Internet users have tried a cloud-based music storage and streaming service.
The benefits seem pretty clear. You don’t have to load all your music on every computer or portable device you own. If you purchase a new song, it’s automatically synced to all your devices. If you buy a new device, your music is already there in the cloud, waiting to be streamed on demand. If you lose your gadget, you don’t lose all your music.
But on the flipside we have streaming Internet radio services like Slacker and Pandora (see Internet Radio http://askbobrankin.com/internet_radio.html and Free Radio Apps For Your Smartphone http://askbobrankin.com/radio_apps_for_your_smartphone.html). I’ve pretty much abandoned my iTunes music collection in favor of Slacker, because it offers greater variety and a fresher selection of music.
Are you using Amazon Cloud Player or a similar service to manage your music collection? Tell me why! Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 10 Aug 2012
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