Amazon is launching Amazon Cloud Drive, a consumer-oriented service that allows users to back up their local music libraries and play them remotely from anywhere. This service is amazing for anyone who loves music and downloads it from their house but would like the ability to listen to their favorite tunes in other places, such as the office, without having to hook up an iPod or have the files physically on the computer. All US-based Amazon customers automatically get 5GB of Cloud Drive space to upload their AAC or MP3 muisc files. If you purchased your music from Amazon’s MP3 service you are really rewarded, as you automatically get 20GB of space and any new files you purchase are automatically copied to your cloud without counting against your storage. Amazon’s Web Streaming service can be accessed via IE, Firefox, Safari for Mac and Chrome. If you are an Android user, there is a downloadable Cloud player app for you to use.
The launching of Amazon’s Cloud Drive is a huge accomplishment for the web giant, as they managed to beat Apple and Google to the punch. Although it’s rumored that Apple is working on a cloud-based music service for MobileMe, it’s not expected to come out until summer or later.
Although, Amazon’s Cloud Drive is focusing on music right now, users can store all of their other types of files on the Cloud. Some believe that music is Amazon’s way of getting the public’s attention, but they are really positioning themselves for a legitimate online storage business (similar to Dropbox).
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