Seattle – Amazon.com (NASD: AMZN) has introduced a new cloud-based media
storage service, which lets consumers upload and store their music and other
files, and stream them to any Internet-connected device. Customers receive 5GB
of free storage on the Amazon Cloud Drive service, and can upgrade to plans
starting at $20 a year for 20GB; those who purchase a new album via Amazon MP3
will also be upgraded to 20GB of storage.
"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," said Bill Carr, vice
president of movies and music at Amazon.
"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."
Once songs are uploaded to the cloud, users can access
them via the Cloud Player for Web, or Cloud Player for Android; Amazon did not
make mention of support for Apple’s iPhone.
Mashable has published details of a
workaround that will allow tunes to be streamed to iOS devices from Amazon
Amazon noted that photos, videos and documents may also be stored
on the service.