Daily Tip: How to play music from Amazon's Cloud Player on your iPhone

When Amazon announced their Cloud Drive and Cloud Player music services earlier this week they didn't mention whether or not it would work on the iPhone, or any other iOS device for that matter. While there's no app (yet?) and the full site doesn't seem to want to work on Mobile Safari, playback works just fine on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via Apple's built-in Quicktime X Player through Mobile Safari. Just hit the jump to find out how it's done!

To get started, first visit www.amazon.com/clouddrive and log in to access your free 5GB of storage. From there you can upload music files in MP3 or AAC format for playback on virtually any device with a web browser.

I've gone ahead and uploaded a few of my favorite tunes to test playback on my iPhone 4. Just follow these simple steps to get the service running on your own iDevice:

  1. Open Mobile Safari and navigate to Amazon's Cloud Drive website here, then select the Music folder on the left navigation menu.
  2. Choose the song you'd like to play by selecting the checkbox next to the track name.
  3. Tap 'Download' above the track selection list.
  4. Put in your earbuds and enjoy the streaming music!

As I mentioned before, Safari won't actually download and store the MP3 to your iPhone, but will instead launch the built-in Quicktime player for streaming playback. The drawback here is that you can only play one song at a time and must go through the steps for each track you'd like to hear. Additionally, Amazon doesn't have Cloud Drive set up for the iPhone specifically, so navigating the service directly from your iPhone isn't an enjoyable experience to say the least.

But, as demonstrated, playback works perfectly on any iOS device. Let us know if you plan on using Amazon's new service or if you'd rather hold out for a more elegant option from Apple, and as always post any issues you run into in the comments below!

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OmfgitsJustin says:

Will this work with iOS multitasking like dropbox does? For instance, if I am streaming a song from Dropbox to my iphone, I can press the home button and write a text/email all while my music still plays.

iSRS says:

Yes it will.

  • Sent from my iPhone while listening to a song on my Amazon Cloud Drive...
DebC says:

Couldn't get it to work. Either get " download failed" message or "install amazon mp3 downloader". Maybe I didn't upload the music correctly. Seems cumbersome, as if they are purposely excluding apple products.

Cody Allison says:

There is no doubt in my mind that apple will introduce a cloud based music locker in iOS5.

Mes says:

This appears to be a simple work-around, but it never works for me, saying Flash is required. Tried various other browsers using UAFaker.
If it truly works for most, maybe USFaker, or Safari Download Manager have problems. 3G-iOS 4.2.1.
I'm stumped :)

Mes says:

Marco: I'm a 3G owner, not iPad.
After more testing and a freshly restored 3G, the CloudDrive screen appears with the docs/music/etc folders, but when selecting a song and pressing download, Safari reports it cannot download the file.
Maybe it's iOS 4.2.1. Those having success, are you on 4.2.1?

Marco says:

Guys it can be used on the iPad very easily and free with iswifter free to try in the AppStore . Check the video I didhttp://m.youtube.com/#/watch?xl=xl_blazer&v=DxumTSNYw-A

Mes says:

After more testing and a freshly restored 3G, the CloudDrive screen appears with the docs/music/etc folders, but when selecting a song and pressing download, Safari reports it cannot download the file.
Maybe it’s iOS 4.2.1. Those having success, are you on 4.2.1

Andrew Wray says:

Strange.. I just tested again to see if Amazon might have started blocking iOS devices, and it's still working great. iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1

puppster says:

Looks like it won't work with mp4 only mp3

Mes says:

I discover my problem. Disabled AdBlocker and it works.
However, as puppster mentioned, only mp3's work for me.

ctt1wbw says:

Doesn't this sort of, you know, like, DEFEAT THE PURPOSE OF THE IPOD AND IPHONE??????

Ben says:

Why is this so great? I've been streaming music from my MobileMe iDisk to my iphone for ages.

Ben says:

Ben. Even if I say so myself, you are right and very clever. MobileMe iDisk sharing does do all this - now stop talking with yourself

Ben says:

No, you stop talking to yourself.

lordbasta says:

Another nice way of enjoying Cloud Player on the iPhone is using the WiFi2HiFi app. Here is a demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb6rmt9GnN8

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