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.