Worldwide everything merchant Amazon surprised many yesterday with the simultaneous launch of two new cloud-based services; Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player.
The two services work in tandem, with Cloud Drive storing your uploaded music, and the Cloud Player web application enabling you to stream your music to mobile devices or other PCs. It's like Spotify, but with only your music available for streaming.
Registered Amazon customers automatically get 5GB of Cloud Drive storage, upgraded to 20GB for a year so long as you purchase just one MP3 album from Amazon and download it to your Cloud Drive. The Amazon Cloud Player currently supports only MP3 and AAC formats, though, so those looking to stream their FLAC collections are out of luck.
The Cloud Drive also supports the secure online syncing of any type of file, from documents to videos. While this sort of service is nothing new, with competing online sync services such as Dropbox
well established, Cloud Drive is the first to integrate it with a music store and music streaming service.
Cloud Drive and Cloud Player are now available for those in the USA, while those the other side of the Atlantic only get to play with Cloud Drive at the moment.
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