Amazon has beat Apple and Google to the punch, releasing its Amazon Cloud Player service for Android and PC.
The new service was rolled out last night, around midnight, and sees Amazon first out of the blocks with a dedicated online and mobile-based music streaming and storage service.
Google is reportedly testing its music cloud service at present and Apple, well, no one knows for sure what’s happening there, but the Cupertino tech-giant is said to also be putting the finishing touches on its application too.
Nevertheless, it was Amazon who got there first. Couple this with Amazon’s newly launched Amazon Appstore and it looks like the mobile sector has a new big player in its ranks.
Amazon customers, i.e. if you have an account with the company, can now begin uploading their MP3 purchases, including ones purchased from iTunes, to their personal 5GB Amazon cloud.
Once set up, users can begin streaming music to their PC and Android devices.
Users can upgrade their accounts to the 20GB a year plans for free with the purchase of an album from Amazon. There’s also additional storage plans, which start from $20 a year and users can get up to 1TB of storage on these plans.
Here’s the official line from Amazon:
“We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience,” said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon. “The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music.”
He added: “”Our customers have told us they don’t want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices,” Carr said. “Now, whether at work, home, or on the go, customers can buy music from Amazon MP3, store it in the cloud and play it anywhere.”
Cloud Player for Android, according to Amazon, is now bundled into the new version of the Amazon MP3 App.
This new version includes the full Amazon MP3 Store and the mobile version of Cloud Player, which customers can now search and browse by artist, album or song, as well as create playlists and download music from Cloud Drive.
Not bad, Amazon! Looks like Google and Apple have just had their work well and truly cut out for them.