Amazon Cloud Player starts working on iOS devices

By on May 9, 2011, 8:00 AM

Amazon has updated Cloud Player to work with iOS devices. Previously, selecting a song would pop up a mobile QuickTime video player, which meant there was no way to perform simple tasks, such as skipping tracks.

Less than two months ago, Amazon launched Cloud Drive, an online service that enables its customers to securely store and access music through their computers and Android smartphones. Included in the service is Cloud Player, which allows customers to search, organize, and play their music files from any computer running Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari for Mac, or Chrome. The Android app lets you access your music on the go, but iOS users were left out in the cold, until now.

Amazon has since updated the web client to provide nearly all of the functionality that you could ask for (even the multitasking music controls work), as pointed out by ifans. While it isn't quite as nice as an actual app, such as the one Android users have access to, it certainly gets the job done much better than before.

Apple is reportedly looking to take on Amazon's Cloud Drive with its own service, possibly called iCloud. Apple may let users store songs they've purchased from its iTunes store, as well as other songs stored on their hard drives, and listen to them on multiple (iOS?) devices. Amazon's service does the same thing, but if Apple gets approval from the music industry it will have one advantage: store a single master copy of a song on its servers, and share that with multiple users.

Amazon's service meanwhile requires users to upload a copy of every song they want to access remotely. Amazon offers its users 5GB of storage for free, which is upgradeable to 20GB with the purchase of any Amazon MP3 album or from 20GB up to 1TB at $1 per gigabyte.

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