Heaven sent? Amazon Cloud Drive offers free online storage
Crikey, where did that come from? Overnight, Amazon has launched the Cloud Drive - an online storage device for all your documents, photos, music and video. Not only that, they've launched the Amazon Cloud Player too - a web app and Android app for accessing all your music.
It's a free service, but it's accessible in the UK. Well, it's not available through the Amazon UK store, but we're currently uploading content via the US store through our UK account.
This isn't a Spotify all-you-can-eat style service, but rather an online storage locker for backing up your content. So far, it's a very simple interface - click through your folders to find your content (all your iTunes music is visible) and upload. It's not the quickest of procedures; it's taken over 15 minutes to upload a 50 minute album over a reasonably quick connection, so a sizable collection is going to take a while.
Not that you'll have the capacity to upload everything - Amazon customers initially receive 5GB of free storage that can be accessed from anywhere. Storage can be added for $1 per GB (per year) or by purchasing an album, which increases storage to 20GB - this is a US-only offer at the moment, however.
The Amazon Cloud Player is the app for handling your music, and unsurprisingly it allows the user to create playlists and the like. One odd UI quirk is that while music can be sorted in the player by album, the player lists tracks alphabetically - rather than in track order - but will play them in album order regardless. Um.
Google and Apple are gearing up to do something similar this year, but Amazon have seriously stolen their march - although an iPhone app for the Amazon Cloud Player is noticible by its absence. Whether it was a deliberate decision by Amazon is unclear, since the app essentially duplicate the functionality of what Apple are expected to announce in June - a cloud-based iTunes service.