Amazon Announces Interesting New Features for Cloud Player

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Scott DeLeeuw

Amazon.com has announced Cloud Player licensing agreements that bring interesting new features to Amazon Cloud Player. The agreements are with Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and more than 150 independent distributors, aggregators and music publishers. Cloud Player customers can listen to their music anywhere on many different devices, including Kindle Fire, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android devices and any web browser. Planned for the future are Roku streaming players and Sonos home entertainment systems.

New Cloud Player features include:
• Amazon MP3 purchases — including music that customers purchased in the past — are automatically saved to Cloud Player free of charge.
• Amazon scans customers’ iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matches the songs on their computers to Amazon’s online catalog. All matched songs – even music purchased from iTunes or ripped from CDs – are made available in Cloud Player and are upgraded to high-quality 256 Kbps audio.

Cloud Player is available in a Free tier and a Premium tier. Cloud Player Free customers can store all MP3 music purchased at Amazon, plus import up to 250 songs from their PC or Mac to Cloud Player. Cloud Player Premium customers can import and store up to 250,000 songs in Cloud Player for an annual fee of $24.99. Amazon-purchased MP3s (including all previous purchases) do not count against the 250 or 250,000-song limits and will be added to both Free and Premium Cloud Player libraries at no charge. Amazon Cloud Player is automatically integrated into Kindle Fire and the new Cloud Player features will be automatically delivered to Kindle Fire users over the next few days.

For more information please visit www.amazon.com/cloudplayer or download the app on iOS or Android.

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