Amazon launches Cloud Drive: An easy to use tablet play that takes AWS consumer

Summary:Amazon launched cloud Drive and Cloud Player for Web and Android---three services that allow you to store music in a repository and play on the Web and smartphones.

Amazon on Tuesday launched cloud Drive and Cloud Player for Web and Android---three services that allow you to store music in a repository and play on the Web and smartphones.

Among the key points:

  • You can upload your library.
  • Anyone that bought an Amazon MP3 can get 20GB for free.
  • Mac and PC compatible.
  • On Android, the Cloud Player is an update to the Amazon MP3 app.
  • Everyone starts with 5GB of Cloud Drive storage.
  • Cloud Drive uses Amazon Web Services S3.
  • Plans start at 20GB for $20 a year and basically run $1 a year per GB.

With the move Amazon gets the jump on other services that are likely from Apple and Google.

Here are three thoughts on the move:

  • First, Cloud Drive is a big piece of Amazon's tablet ambitions. The service will be critical to uploading content for any tablet that Amazon launches. And Amazon's Android market rides shotgun.
  • If Amazon doesn't launch a tablet it just put itself at the center of the Android ecosystem.
  • Cloud Drive is about music today, but it's essentially a cloud service for other things like documents and photos.

And finally, Cloud Drive is very easy to use. It's essentially the consumerization of Amazon Web Services.

Topics: Android, Amazon, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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