Amazon launched a cloud based “music locker” service Tuesday. Apple and Google are planning to launch similar products.
The new service offers customers a free 5 gigabyte internet-based storage space for their music. That is enough for about 1,200 MP3 songs. Amazon is also offering a music organization and playback app called Cloud Player.
All of it is free. At least the intro size.
The idea is to allow users to access all of their music from any computer connected to the internet. Instead of the user’s music being scattered over several computers and mobile devices, all of it is located on the cloud.
Expanded storage space is $20 a year for an additional 20 Gigs. When music is purchased from Yahoo, it does not count against the free space.
One hitch for now, anyway: it works on Android, but not iDevices. Amazon and Apple have been struggling for market share for years, this exclusivity is hoped to get the user to buy music from Amazon.
Another part of the package announced by Amazon is the introduction of their online drive called Cloud Drive. You can store any kind of data in your space, not just music.
Here’s the CNET “How 2 use with the Android” video: