In The Cloud With Amazon Tunes

Alison Young
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April 20, 2011
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The rumors about Amazon were true - it has officially entered the music realm, and even managed to do it before Google and Apple with its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. Together these service allow you to store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone/tablet or computer, wherever you are.

“We’re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience,” said Bill Carr, vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon. “The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music. Our customers have told us they don’t want to download music to their work computers or phones because they find it hard to move music around to different devices. Now, whether at work, home, or on the go, customers can buy music from Amazon MP3, store it in the cloud and play it anywhere,” Carr added.

You automatically start off with 5GB of complimentary Cloud Drive storage to upload anything, and organizes your files by Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. New Amazon MP3 purchases saved directly to your Cloud are stored for free and do not count against your Cloud space. You can increase your Cloud to 20GB, 50 GB, 100GB, 200GB, 500GB and 1TB (1,000GB), priced at $1 per GB, per year. For a limited time once you purchase an Amazon MP3 album, you’ll be upgraded to 20GB of Cloud Drive Space.


Once you’ve chosen your plan, you’ll be prompted to download and install an MP3 Uploader tool. The software will then scan your drive and report how many music files you have available to upload and how much storage is on your Cloud. If you don’t have room for your entire selection, you can manually select which artists, songs or playlists you want to upload.

Using your Web browser you can listen to your music with the Cloud Player. The Player allows you to manage your music with download and streaming options. You don’t need to worry about regularly updating software on your computer to enjoy your music, and Amazon MP3 customers can continue to use iTunes and Windows Media Player to continue to add music to their devices.

Visit amazon.com/cloud-drive to discover your own cloud.

Click Chick’s Mobile App of the Week: Eat St.

Hungry? The Eat St. app will help you find the closest lunch wagon. The app aims to be the best street food app in the world and includes food trucks and vendors in Honolulu. The recent launch of this Eat St. was co-branded with a new TV series on the Food Network Canada, and follows comedian James Cunningham as he checks out food trucks/carts across North America.


You can sort by distance, cuisine and popularity (with the option to click on a thumbs-up button). You can also view Twitter feeds, photos, menus, hours and specials. Here on Oahu I see about 30, but I’m sure the list will expand as more trucks/vendors are added.

Download for free at the iTunes App Store. If you don’t have any iDevices, you can use the Web version: http://eatst.foodnetwork.ca/ Vendors can add their lunch wagon on this link.

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