Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player - Your 5GB free cloud storage and digital music locker (and web based player)
“Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard drive in the cloud. Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon’s secure servers. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer.
What is Amazon Cloud Drive?Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard-drive in the cloud. Securely store your music, videos, photos, and documents online and access them from anywhere.
All you need is a web browser to upload, download and access your files from any computer. Back up your files to ensure that your music, photos and personal documents are available to you wherever you go.
The Amazon Cloud drive offers 5 GB of free online storage that you can access from any computer. If you need more storage space, paid plans are available for storage up to 1,000 GB.
Automatically store your Amazon MP3 Purchases
When you purchase digital downloads from the Amazon MP3 Store, you can choose to automatically save your purchases to your Cloud Drive. All your purchases will be backed up and available to download anywhere, anytime.
Safe and secure storage
Amazon Cloud Drive provides customers with reliable, secure server storage. Each file is stored within Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3); the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites.
Access to your Cloud Drive is controlled through your Amazon.com user ID and password. All communications are encrypted using HTTPS, so that your data can pass securely over the Internet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to make a purchase to use Cloud Drive?
No, if you have an Amazon account, you have access to 5 GB of free online storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. If you purchase an album from the Amazon MP3 Store, you may be eligible for a free upgrade to 20 GB of Cloud Drive space for one year (this promotion is open to U.S. customers only). New Amazon MP3 purchases delivered to Cloud Drive do not count against a customer's storage space. If you need more storage space, paid plans are available for storage up to 1,000 GB.
What kinds of files can I store on Cloud Drive?
Amazon Cloud Drive allows customers to upload their digital files: music, photos, videos, documents, and more can be stored securely and available via web browser on any computer. New Amazon MP3 purchases delivered to Cloud Drive do not count against a customer's storage space.
Amazon Cloud Player for Web is a browser-based digital music player that lets you access music stored in your Cloud Drive for playback or download. Amazon Cloud Player requires an Internet connection and supports most browsers found on Mac or PC computers. You can launch the Amazon Cloud Player from the Amazon MP3 store or by going directly to www.amazon.com/cloudplayer. For a current list of supported browsers go to Amazon Cloud Player System Requirements. Additional platforms supported by Cloud Player are listed below.
Add your music collection to Cloud Drive
Amazon Cloud Player also supports the upload of music and playlists from your computer to Amazon Cloud Drive, making them accessible for playback and download. All new accounts are given free storage to begin uploading their content and greater storage tiers are available at an annual rate. See the Amazon Cloud Drive settings page for more information on special offers and pricing for larger storage solutions. All Amazon MP3 purchases saved directly to your Cloud Drive are stored for free and dont count against your storage limits.
Wow. This could be big… Given how Amazon has proven themselves in delivering services across products (i.e. Kindle books) think just how ground shaking this could be. This is what Microsoft’s SkyDrive could have been.
Will be keeping my eyes open for more details and utilities (like means to map a drive in Windows, play music in other players, SDK/API, etc, etc)