Amazon announced today that they now have licenses from Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group in addition to hundreds of independent distributors and publishers.
This is a huge addition which gives Cloud Player similar functionality to that of iTunes allowing users to store music in the cloud and then play it on devices such as Android devices, Mac, PC, Kindle Fire as well as an iPhone and iPad.
Not yet included but soon to be added devices include the Roku streaming player and Sonos home entertainment systmes.
Features and benefits listed on Amazon’s site include:
- Amazon MP3 purchases are automatically saved to Cloud Player, which means that customers have a secure backup copy of the music they buy from Amazon, free of charge.
- Amazon scans customers’ iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matches the songs on their computers to Amazon’s 20 million song catalog. All matched songs – even music purchased from iTunes or ripped from CDs – are instantly made available in Cloud Player and are upgraded for free to high-quality 256 Kbps audio. Music that customers have already uploaded to Cloud Player also will be upgraded.
- Any customer with a Kindle Fire, Android device, iPhone, iPod touch, or any web browser — and soon, a Roku streaming player or Sonos home entertainment system — can play their music anywhere.
Cloud Player is available for Free with certain storage limits or a Premium level that provides much more storage for larger music libraries.