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Post by Perry Norris with El Paso IT Pros and Layout
It's a good time to be an Android owner. Just a week after launching its
Appstore, Amazon released it's new Cloud Drive service for the web and Android.
Cloud Drive works much the same way services like
Dropbox or Apple's MobileMe do. But Amazon is a much better value. You get 5 GB of storage for free. (Dropbox gives you 2
GB and MobileMe charges you around $100 per year for 10 GB).
As a bonus, if you buy an album from Amazon's MP3 store, your storage
is quadrupled to 20 GB at no extra cost. Plus Amazon MP3s don't count against your storage quota.
Android users can download the updated
Amazon MP3 app, which features a new Cloud Player function for streaming music to your phone or tablet.
The only thing the service is missing
is iPhone and iPad support, but it may take some finagling to get Apple to agree to allow it in the App Store.
For now, anyone
can enjoy Cloud Drive on their desktop.
Stay tuned for our full review of Cloud Drive and Cloud Player on the Business Insider Tools
Page soon...clear cloud network always!
Fast, clear interface. 5GB free. Some music and video
No file sharing.
Expensive for extra storage. No backup features. No privacy or security guarantees.
This is online storage pure and simple.
Its only bell or whistle is the ability to play MP3 or AAC music files directly, via Amazon Cloud Player. But forget about
syncing, automated backup, or file sharing features you get with competitors Windows Live SkyDrive and Google Docs.......
more on this........"Amazon's
taken a leap into the cloud, and they're taking your music with them. But what exactly is Amazon Cloud Drive? And more importantly:
how do you use it?"
It's a cloud-based storage service...
You get 5GB of cloud storage,
free, that's yours to do with as you please. For some perspective, that's about 1,000 MP3s of middling quality. The focus
is clearly music, but you can put documents, photos, and videos on there as well. And going forward, when you purchase music
from Amazon, you'll be given the option to save your purchases directly to the cloud to save you the extra step of uploading
are seven storage plans available, from the free 5GB all the way up to 1000GB for $1,000 per year. In fact, the pricing structure
is dead simple to remember: you pay a dollar per GB per year.
...that requires a special software...
like you need the Amazon MP3 Downloader to get music you purchase from Amazon into iTunes, you'll need to install the Amazon
MP3 Uploader to get it out. It's a quick installation and an intuitive interface that lets you pick which songs you'd like
in the cloud based on playlist or artist. And again, it's what lets Amazon access your iTunes library, without which the service
would be pretty useless.
...and has a few limitations...
You can't really argue with "free,"
but 5GB probably won't cover your entire music collection. That's fine, but sorting through your songs to get just the right
cloud-worthy mix could take a whole weekend. You also can't upload songs that are DRM-protected (as in iTunes MP3s from a
few years ago) or saved as lossless files. Amazon's hands are tied on the former, and the latter is understandable given those
Speaking of file sizes—get ready to hurry up and wait. Amazon quoted me 12 hours of continuous uploading to
get 5GB of music in the cloud.
...coupled with a bunch of incentives...
Amazon's the first major player to offer
a service like this, and they're doing their best to get you hooked right away. That means that in addition to the free 5GB,
you can tack on 15GB more with the purchase of an Amazon MP3 album. Which means you could put 4,000 songs in the cloud for
as little as four bucks, assuming their Daily Deal albums qualify towards Cloud expansion.
Moreover, Amazon MP3 purchases—and
honestly, you should be buying
your music from there anyway—don't
count towards your storage cap. That doesn't appear to be retroactive, which is unfortunate for those of us with a bunch of
albums from Amazon already, but good to know going forward.
...is available on the web and on Android...
It makes sense that you can access the
Amazon Cloud Drive from your browser, but you can also giggidy get it on your Android device. That's huge, if you've got a
smartphone with limited storage and want to save that space for apps.
...but not on iOS...
If you're hoping to access your Amazon locker from your
iPad, keep hoping. It looks as though Amazon has blocked streaming through Safari, and the Amazon MP3 app that powers the
Cloud Player on Android devices doesn't exist in the App Store (for obvious competitive reasons). You can, however, download
songs from the Cloud Drive
to your iDevice, where
they'll play perfectly—with AirPlay compatibility, even.
...with a jittery playback...
We can confirm that Amazon Cloud Player
does, in fact, work. But whether it was just the connection or Amazon itself, playback stuttered quite a bit—especially
on higher quality (256kbps) audio. We've also had some difficulties with subsequent uploads after the initial library scan,
so it seems that the entire enterprise has some hiccups to work through.
...that provides a model for iTunes.
There have been rumors—so many,
for so long!—of Apple moving iTunes into the cloud. And it certainly seems that they're equipped to do so, with a humongous
data farm lying in wait in North Carolina. But Apple hasn't pulled the trigger yet, either because they haven't gotten the
record labels in line or because they haven't had competition. Amazon Cloud Player potentially solves both of those problems.
worked out some sort of deal that has made the music industry copacetic to cloud storage; all Apple would have to do, presumably,
is sign on to the same terms. Which is something they'll want to do, surely, now that a competitor with as much clout as Amazon
is giving it up for free. Especially since Amazon is also using its cloud storage as a way to drive its MP3 business, which
is increasingly encroaching on Apple's iTunes turf.
So enjoy Amazon Cloud Player for what it is—a way to get most of your
iTunes in the cloud, for free, right now—and be excited for the streaming iTunes future it portends. That is, if you
even need it at all by then.