While Google Music and iTunes sync have upped the game in terms of cloud music storage, we're quick to forget that Amazon had the first service of its kind out on the market (see our review).

In an effort to remain competitive, the online marketplace now announced that you can upgrade your storage to an unlimited amount of MP3s or AACs if you have a 20GB or higher plan. You can then upload as many files as you want to the service, and it won't use up any of your bandwidth. You can find the details of the promotion in this handy FAQ provided by Amazon.

What files are eligible for storage in unlimited music space?

To be eligible for unlimited music space, files must be music recordings in MP3 (.mp3) or AAC (.m4a, iTunes non-DRM files) format and must be less than 100 MB in size. All lossless files with the .m4a extension are not eligible for storage in unlimited music space.

Files purchased from a digital music store, such as the Amazon MP3 Store, and files imported to your computer from a music CD will often meet these criteria. Files that meet the criteria don't count against your Cloud Drive storage quota if your storage plan includes unlimited music space.

Note: Music recordings in other formats, lossless files, or audio recordings that are not of songs and non-audio files (even if in MP3 or AAC format) are not eligible for unlimited music space and will count against your Cloud Drive storage space.

Are files already stored in my Cloud Drive eligible for storage in unlimited music space?

Yes. Eligible MP3 (.mp3) and AAC (non-lossless .m4a) audio files already stored in Cloud Drive will automatically be stored in unlimited music space.

How do I upload music to unlimited music space?

Visit the Amazon MP3 Uploader page for detailed instructions on uploading your music to Cloud Drive. Eligible MP3 (.mp3) and AAC (.m4a, iTunes non-DRM files) audio files will automatically be identified during upload and stored for free in unlimited music space.

According to Amazon, this promo is available for "a limited time," so sign up while you can.

As before, 20GB plans are still being given out with the purchase of any album from Amazon's music store. This counts towards the promotion, so if there was any discs you were planning to buy, now would be the time to do it!


Source: Amazon [1] [2] via Facebook (thanks, Mgamerz!)

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  • RaptorOO7

    Pretty cool. I signed up when you got 5GB free, and I was going to pick up an Album, I just don't like using iTunes for music purchases and why not put my media, podcasts and finally, finally ditch my ipod and use my Android phone to stream my audio on my Verizon Unlimited Data Plan that I am locked into.

  • unhappybirthday

    You sure the "20GB for one album" deal is still active? I'm having a hard time finding any mention at Amazon and suspect that the "unlimited music with a paid tier" has replaced it.

    • unhappybirthday

      Well, I just bought a $0.99 MP3 album and my Cloud Storage is still 5GB. Looks like I'll actually have to buy the 20GB level for free music storage. I'll just stick with Google Music, thank you.

      • unhappybirthday

        And verified with Cloud Drive phone support: the 20GB upgrade promotion has ended.

  • JayMonster

    You know, if they provide a better and easier way to access your cloud drive, they could kill Dropbox and others... already at what, $5 for 20GB plus unlimited music storage, it is already raining on the iCloud parade even before it launches

    • Unhappybirthday

      FYI - $20/year for 20GB and unlimited music

      • JayMonster

        I stand corrected. I was going off the top of my head and didn't care to look it up... so thanks. It is still a better deal than iCloud... or even Dropbox.

        • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

          iCloud is free, with the exception of the music matching service which doesn't require you to upload your entire library AND all matched music gets upgraded to 256kbps lossless AAC.

        • JayMonster

          Apple iCloud is free... up to 5GB. Music match is $35 /yr. Plus your pictures are only stored for 30 days because Apple has decided that is all you need. So for $15 dollars less, you get more storage, Plus the ability to stream your music as well as sync it, potentially saving storage, Plus I am not stuck with the bloatware known as iTunes on my PC.

  • http://www.cloudtechsite.com Ingrid Elle

    Even though Amazon has a few drawbacks right now, in the long run it will take out iCrap and the likes!

  • holtram

    My understanding is that "unlimited" upload of MP3/AAC is only active for the "current plan". In other words, will expire when you go to re-up after one year. Then you will have to buy a better plan to store above 20 gb. Can someone correct me if I'm wrong?

    That's when I say bye bye and get an external drive.

    I'm having fun with this for now, but barring changes my fun ends in a year.

  • mgamerz

    This feels irrelevant now.