The Amazon Cloud Player has been available for quite some time on other devices, but this new app release could change the way iOS users listen to music.
(Credit:Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)Amazon Cloud Player (Free) for iOS gives you an option from getting all your music from the iTunes App Store, and it’s simple interface is easy to pick up and use immediately.
There are plenty of writing applications out there who offer up a cloud storage feature, and companies like Amazon let you store music in the cloud and stream it whenever you want.
Whether you have music already from Amazon or not, you can quickly login with your Amazon account and listen to tracks already on youriPhone.
Amazon and Apple cloud users can purchase music online and save it directly to the cloud or upload their own music collection.
When viewing your music libraries, you have buttons across the top so you can sort by playlists, artists, albums, songs, or genres.
Paid downloads are sometimes encoded with Digital Rights Management that restricts copying the music or playing purchased songs on certain digital audio players.
When a song is playing, the app switches to album cover view and adds buttons to the playback controls so you can shuffle or loop songs.
As things stand, though, the Amazon Cloud Drive service is very handy — and the new software application just makes it more convenient.
Once you’ve installed the software, you’ll be asked to sign in to your Amazon Cloud Drive account.
Even if the app is currently open on your iPhone, you only need to hit a refresh button to add recently purchased songs and start streaming.
One thing we found in the help files is particularly important for those with limited data plans.
With this option turned on, you won’t have to worry about overages on your limited data plan, but you’ll obviously lose the ability to stream music while on the go.
If you want to backup less than 5GB of files that rarely change, the Amazon Cloud Drive service is a no brainer for you.
Think of the Amazon Cloud Drive service more as a handy and potentially huge extra storage locker.
While there’s nothing groundbreaking with finally bringing the Amazon Cloud Player to iPhone, people who want to take advantage of the streaming capabilities or want to play music from both their iTunes library and Amazon should definitely download this free app.
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