Amazon's Cloud Player has been around for a while now, but the only way to access it in a desktop environment has been via the web browser. Now though, Amazon has announced a full desktop client for Cloud Player, and takes the fight to iTunes in doing so.
Initially only available for Windows users, Mac users are told to "stay tuned" as a version for the Mac is coming sometime down the line. Having a full desktop client of course means that Cloud Player users can download their music to their computers to listen to while not connected.
On the face of it, the Cloud Player desktop app looks pretty interesting. It promises to automatically add all your iTunes and Windows Media Player music so you have all your music in one place, without the user having to go and fetch it. Continuing on from that, it promises to keep your library up to date every time you buy music -- even from iTunes -- or rip a CD, automatically adding it to Cloud Player. If you prefer to use iTunes, no problem, export your music from Cloud Player to play over there.
Amazon promises a great experience using Cloud Player on the desktop, and there's no doubts that iTunes attracts its critics. While we haven't tried it out yet, we'll be looking forward to putting the Mac version through its paces when it drops. If anyone's tried out the Windows version yet, be sure to share your experiences with us. How does it compare to iTunes for you?