Amazon's iOS Cloud Player app, which allows you to play all of the music you've got stored on Amazon's servers in sky has been around for a while, but until now, actually buying a song from Amazon's MP3 Store from your iPhone has been a pain in the tuchus.
Cloud storage has transformed the way digital music collectors access their media. But with so many competing hosting services, which should you choose?
Amazon's Cloud Player has always been able to take your crappy old MP3s and stream them to any device with access to the S3 cloud, but now Amazon has an added perk for users: they'll upgrade any low bitrate files you upload to 256kbps quality.
From thinking they don't need licensing deals, to "aggressively courting" the big record labels, Amazon's change of heart on the Cloud Player storing/streaming issue will likely cost them dear. After all, it's not like the labels will be responding nicely to their calls, after effectively setting up a streaming…
Amazon may argue that functionally, their Cloud Drive service is the same as storing media on an external hard drive, but question marks hover over their Cloud Player, which streams those tracks from the cloud. In the eyes of Sony Music—and possibly more record labels—this Cloud Player requires Amazon to sign extra…
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?