Amazon launches Cloud Player for iPhone and iPod touch
Amazon's Cloud Player launched last year with iPhone compatibility conspicuously absent, but as of today, the iOS app has found its way to the smaller screen, giving users the ability to access their music stored in the cloud. Content can come from iTunes, Amazon, and any other DRM-free content you happen to have kicking around and can cram into the 5 GB of free space they offer. Of course, that can be cranked up to 20 GB for $20/year if you need more room. As a limited time promotion, Amazon is offering unlimited room for MP3 and AAC files if you buy any storage tier.You can cache tunes locally on your iPhone for those that want to save battery life by not streaming, and organize it into playlists.
Until now, those that have been involved with Amazon Cloud Drive and using an iPhone have had to resort to the bare-bones mobile site, which in and of itself is pretty ridiculous. Even now, the service is limited to the U.S., which is the case for a lot of Amazon services.
That said, Apple already offers decent access to cloud music through iTunes Match, though you've got to shell out $25/year for that service. The other option is to spend $10/month on one of the many streaming services available (like Rdio or Slacker), which strikes me as worth it for anyone who is serious enough about their tuneage to consider a cloud locker. It just seems like too much of a hassle making sure files sync up properly from the desktop and making sure all of the right metadata is in place - having someone else taking care of the all the bookkeeping is more convenient, but of course, you lose your music as soon as you stop paying for a subscription music streaming service. What do you guys use? Does Amazon Cloud Player have anything in particular that grabs your eye? You can find more information about the service over here.