Amazon shutting down its music storage service

Amazon Music on iPhone
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Amazon is shutting down its music storage subscription service, which has allowed users to upload their existing music library's to their Amazon Music library. Effective January 15, 2018, customers will no longer be able to sign up for a paid subscription to the service, while the free tier, which allowed for 250 songs to be uploaded, has already been discontinued.

These changes were detailed in a support document from Amazon. Here's what paid subscribers to the service can expect:

  • While you remain a paid member, you retain the ability to upload music and renew your subscription.
  • You can view and manage your Amazon Music storage subscription from Your Amazon Music Settings.
  • If your current storage plan expires without being renewed, you won't have the option to re-start your subscription.
  • Once expired, your Amazon music purchases will remain securely stored for free, but you will not be able to upload music.
  • If you have more than 250 imported songs when your subscription period is over, you won't be able to access the additional songs.
  • All songs that exceed the 250 song limit are removed.
  • You can download and play the remaining 250 songs for one (1) year after your subscription expires, when the remaining 250 songs will be removed.

Amazon hasn't offered any reason for the cancellation. Subscribers will still be able to listen to at least part of their collections through January 2019.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.