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While some companies are content to just talk, talk, talk about what they are doing, Amazon seems to be quietly hard at work. Last week they gave us the Amazon Appstore for Android and last night they dropped another bomb – the Amazon Cloud Player.

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If Grooveshark and Dropbox had a baby, it would be Amazon Cloud Player. It consists of Cloud Drive - 5GB of free cloud storage on Amazon’s servers (upgradable to 20GB with the purchase of one album or for $20/year; $1 per gigabyte after that) - and the Cloud Player, which can be accessed from the web or from an Android device. The player is now part of Amazon MP3, so there's finally a reason to keep it installed.

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There are two ways to add music to your Cloud Drive - either by uploading it directly from your computer or (of course) purchasing from the Amazon MP3 Store, the latter of which doesn't count towards the quota. Once uploaded, you can access your music anywhere and at any time. You can also download any of your music whenever you like, which could be very useful for anyone with multiple computers.

Source: Engadget

Full press release:

Introducing Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web, and Amazon Cloud Player for Android
Buy anywhere, play anywhere and keep all your music in one place
Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage – upgrade to 20 GB free with purchase of any MP3 album

SEATTLE, Mar 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) –

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive (www.amazon.com/clouddrive), Amazon Cloud Player for Web (www.amazon.com/cloudplayer) and Amazon Cloud Player for Android (www.amazon.com/cloudplayerandroid). Together, these services enable customers to securely store music in the cloudand play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, wherever they are. Customers can easily upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free.

“We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience,” said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon. “The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music.”

“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,” Carr said. “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.”

Store Music for Free

Customers automatically start with 5 GB of Cloud Drive storage to upload their digital music library, and those who purchase an Amazon MP3 album will be upgraded to 20 GB of Cloud Drive space. New Amazon MP3 purchases saved directly to Cloud Drive are stored for free and do not count against a customer’s storage quota.

Adding Music to Cloud Drive

Amazon’s easy uploading process makes it simple for customers to save their music library to their Cloud Drive. Files can be stored in AAC or MP3 formats and will be uploaded to Cloud Drive in the original bit rate. Customers can hand-pick particular songs, artists, albums or playlists to upload or simply upload their entire music library.

Cloud Player for Web

Customers who have a computer with a Web browser can listen to their music. Cloud Player for Web currently supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari for Mac, and Chrome. Cloud Player for Web lets customers easily manage their music with download and streaming options. Customers don’t need to worry about regularly updating software on their computer to enjoy music, and Amazon MP3 customers can continue to use iTunes and Windows Media Player to add their music to their iPods and MP3 players.

Cloud Player for Android

Cloud Player for Android is now bundled into the new version of the Amazon MP3 App; it includes the full Amazon MP3 Store and the mobile version of Cloud Player. Customers can use the app to play music stored on their Cloud Drive and music stored locally on their device. Features include the ability to search and browse by artist, album or song, create playlists and download music from Cloud Drive.

Secure Storage

Customers never need to worry about losing their music collection to a hard drive crash again. Files are securely stored on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and each file is uploaded to Cloud Drive in its original bit rate. Customers can buy music anywhere and know that their MP3s are safely stored in Cloud Drive and accessible from any device.

Store More than Music

Cloud Drive allows customers to upload and store all kinds of digital files; music, photos, videos and documents can be stored securely and are available via web browser on any computer. In addition to the 5 GB of free storage, customers can purchase storage plans starting at $20 a year for 20 GB.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jubba

    New purchases won't count towards your quota which is cool. I wish they would backload previous purchases so i wouldn't have to waste all of my space to re-upload stuff I have already bought.

    Maybe the free 20G for a new purchase is their solution to that?

    • Cameron Summerson

      That's a good point.

      I, too, wish they would've automatically included previous purchases, but for an initial release, I'm very pleased with everything that's already offered.

  • Sean

    US only again, thanks for nothing Amazon.

    • Chris

      You know, only US Citizens and Terrorists listen to music. And you don't look like a US Citizen to me...

  • Alex

    Looks like I might be ditching my ipod. Finally free of Apple's BS.

    • Tayloe

      AMEN TO THAT! No more having to deal with Itunes and how difficult it is when adding cover art or changing song names!

    • Duffin

      I actually did that recently. I use Rhapsody and DoggCatcher (the best podcatcher I've found in the Market), myself. I no longer need my iPod for anything. It's glorious! If I didn't have Rhapsody, this would be the next best thing for me to use. And, now, I'm hoping Google will soon release their own music streaming app so they can continue to compete and make better products.

  • Spencer

    I smell google buying out amazon with moves like this.

  • Gunderstorm

    "If Grooveshark and Dropbox had a baby, it would be Amazon Cloud Player."

    What?!? Are we looking at the same website? The Cloud Player is nice, but it doesn't have nearly the features of either of those services. Can you listen to an entire song on Amazon without buying it? No. Can I share a file I've uploaded to the Cloud? No. Heck, I don't even see where you can make a playlist or mark a song as a favorite.

    I could make some off-color remarks about what that baby would have to be missing in order to qualify for your statement, but I'll pass.

    • Cameron Summerson

      I agree that ACP doesn't have all of the features of Grooveshark or Dropbox, but the principal on which is founded it's more of a collaboration of the two.
      You also have to take into consideration how long both Grooveshark and Dropbox have been around. They have had time to evolve and mature, whereas ACP isn't even a day old. Give it time.

  • Tyler

    I'll be checking out the Amazon Cloud tonight. I'm also getting pretty sick of iTunes' BS.

    Also, mad props for the Buckethead love!

  • Dipock

    Thanks Android Police !! The music is now being uploaded to the cloud from iTunes, and being played on my Atrix. Got the extra 20GB for $0.69 as well.