We had heard some rumors that Amazon was planning to release its own digital locker but it surprised us by launching cloud-based services and probably shocked competitors like Apple and Google, who are also rumored to be working on launching similar cloud-based services.
Amazon Cloud Drive will allows users to store music and other digital content like photos, videos and documents in the cloud.
Amazon has also launched Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Android, which will allow users to play it on an Android based smartphone, Mac or PC.
Amazon Cloud Drive is a cloud based storage service, where Amazon customers will get 5 GB of storage to upload digital content, which will be upgraded to 20 GB for free if they purchase an MP3 album on Amazon or for $20 per year. Customers also have various tiered options ranging from $50 for 50 GB to $1000 for 1000 GB, which works out to $1 per GB of storage.
Amazon Cloud Player currently allows users to play streaming music on their Android based smartphones, Mac or PC. Unfortunately, as MG Siegler of TechCrunch reports, Amazon’s Cloud Player does not work on Mobile Safari, which means it won’t work on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
At first, you might think this is a Flash issue (Apple’s devices famously do not support Flash). But it’s not. I don’t have Flash installed on my MacBook Air and the Cloud Player works fine (as it does when you disable Flash in Chrome). Flash is needed to upload files to Cloud Drive, but not for playback. So that’s not the issue.
Instead, it appears that Amazon may simply be blocking the mobile version of Safari from playing back songs through Cloud Player. When you attempt to load the player, you get a warning that the browser isn’t supported. But you can continue anyway and everything seems like it may be fine. But when you click “Play” nothing happens.
Users of Android based smartphones can play streaming music via the Amazon MP3 app, which is not currently available in the App Store.
However, Siegler points out that there is a way to play the music files stored on the Amazon Cloud Drive on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, which isn’t ideal.
you hit the option to download them. This essentially downloads the MP3 file from Amazon’s server and uses Safari’s built-in player to play it. Not exactly ideal, but it does work — with AirPlay too!
It will be interesting to see if Amazon will release an Amazon MP3 app in the App Store and if Apple will approve such an app, especially since it is widely speculated that Apple is planning to launch a revamped version of MobileMe service, which will offer similar cloud-based services.
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