Cloud Computing: Amazon Cloud Drive and Player Aims for Ease of Use, Big Storage

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-03-31
 
 
 

Cloud Music

Amazons new cloud-based service allows customers to upload their music to the online retailers Cloud Drive and play songs via a Cloud Player. Amazon is also offering 5GB of free storage for their music on Cloud Drive.

Cloud Music

Uploading

After signing into your Amazon account, the Cloud Drive asks you to select files to upload.

Uploading

Finding Music

Pulling music from a hard drive (including iTunes) is an easy click-through process. All songs tested were DRM-free.

Finding Music

The Crawl

Uploading 250MB of music took more than an hour on a cable broadband connection.

The Crawl

Deal

Amazon is offering to upgrade users 5GB of free space to 20GB for a year if they purchase an Amazon MP3 album. Songs purchased from Amazon MP3 are stored in Cloud Drive without counting toward the users overall storage total.

Deal

Extra Space

In addition to music, Cloud Drive customers can also store photos, videos and documents. Fees start at $20 per year for 20GB of space, rising to $1,000 per year for 1,000GB.

Extra Space

Searchable

Cloud Drive features include the ability to search through your music collection for songs.

Searchable

Fee Structure

Amazons fee structure for cloud storage. The top option includes 1,000GB for $1,000 per year.

Fee Structure

Previously Purchased

Songs previously purchased through Amazons MP3 store do not appear automatically on the Cloud Drive after your first sign-in.??í

Previously Purchased

Support

Amazons Cloud Player supports the Web and Android, but??íthere is no native application for Apples iOS franchise. Nor does the cloud player support RIMs BlackBerry or Palm.

Support

All Stripped Down

The Cloud Players interface is notably stripped down. In an interesting twist, Amazon seems to make an effort to find cover art for all uploaded songs.

All Stripped Down

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