|Amazon is throwing down three new enhancements to its Amazon Cloud Drive, which can only mean one thing: the battle for the customer for streaming music services is on!
Amazon is now offering (for a limited time) unlimited music storage for the Amazon Cloud Drive music service, for MP3 and AAC (.m4a) music files. This is for the $20 a year plan, but for a few bucks a month you get a vast wasteland of storage. It's not clear how this will count against FLAC or WAV file (or anything else) storage.
Any MP3's bought through the Amazon MP3 store will not be counted against your storage quota. This includes any future or past Amazon MP3 purchases.
I'm thinking that today's announcement of a Spotify U.S. launch might have something to do with the timing of this.
There's also an improvement on the browser app for Apple's iPad, with the elusive dedicated Amazon Cloud Player app still pie in the sky. Maybe Apple's not approving an Amazon app, maybe Amazon is building one, or maybe it's just a browser thang. Time will tell. The cloud player was already in service for Android phone, Android tablet, Mac and PC, the iPad is just the most recent addition.
"Customers are already enjoying Cloud Drive and Cloud Player and now for just $20 a year, customers can get unlimited space for music. Additionally, we are adding free storage for all MP3s purchased from Amazon MP3, and support for the iPad," said Craig Pape, Director of Amazon Music in a news release.
Otherwise, here's what you get for the Amazon cloud drive pricing: 5GB of storage for free, and Amazon will up you to 20 GB if you buy an album of music from their Amazon MP3 store. You can also buy more storage for a dollar per gigabyte, and store photos, videos and documents on the cloud drive.
Check out more about steaming music sites in the Spacelab Streaming Music Guide.