Amazon Cloud Player now less hostile to iPhone, iPad

Amazon Cloud Player now less hostile to iPhone, iPad

Yesterday, one of our readers, Aaron wrote in to tell us Amazon Cloud Player was suddenly playing -- if not nicely, than with less hostility -- on his iPad. Since it's US only, I couldn't check it myself but I asked him what was different from the previous, play-one-song-at-a-time-via-QuickTime "support"

He said it was; it played in his browser, didn't launch QuickTime, his music controls worked, and it would continue to play in the background. He was also kind enough to make us the video, embedded below.

Why less-hostile rather than nicely? You still have to ignore the warning about it not being compatible and push on through. Hopefully this means Amazon is working on it, however, and it will eventually, if not soon, be a seamless experience for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

If you're using Cloud Player on iOS, let us know what you think of the experience now. Good, good enough, still needs to get better?

[Thanks Aaron!]

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Amazon Cloud Player now less hostile to iPhone, iPad


Tried it on my iPad2 in two different browsers. LastPass browser, which comes with the LastPass app, allows streaming using Cloud Players controls. Did not try with iPad's native controls. However, music stops streaming when you switch to another app. Music resumes streaming from the point you left off at when you switch back to the app. Playlists would play as long as you did not switch apps
Safari browser had this difference: music continued streaming after switching to another app. However, playlists did not work. Songs would only play one at a time by manually pressing play.

For U.S. Customers Only
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F**K !!! :(

I don't have an iPad so perhaps that point is moot. If I already have my music on my iDevice, why would I want to use more battery power pulling it down from the cloud instead of just playing it from the device? Then again I also don't have 20+GB of songs (though my entire collection is stored in Amazon's cloud for safe keeping)

Frick you amazon STILL NO UK SUPPORT fine when apple releases there cloud service it's gonna awesome and you loose several thousand potential customers!! Now,this ain't burger king but. Have it your way! (not to mention us switchers)

No speculation or even mention of Apple's role here? Seriously?
It needs an app akin to the Android app, but it seems doutbful will create one, in part (IMHO) because it is vanishingly unlikely Apple would approve such an app if submitted, and there is little reason for Amazon to waste the time and resources in development under such circumstances.

I think Amazon is trying to position itself as a major content provider specifically for Android, and then throw in whatever cross platform content they can after that. Their probably trying to target all other mobile platforms with the web cloud player updates they've been implementing.

Apple would not approve such an app, since it provides similar experience to their imminent version of cloud streaming. Sucks that they like to stifle competition.

I think they'd approve it. Otherwise, they'd have to disallow Napster, Rhapsody, and the like.
Interesting. If you want to play the next song, you need to open the tab up back in Safari. Improvement, for sure, so who ever is responsible, (assuming Amazon), thanks!

But Napster and Rhapsody are primarily subscription services and only for music. If they did let an Amazon music app through they're probably use that momentum to get a video app through as well or even turn the "music" app into a "media" app in an update.

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