Amazon announced its Cloud Player today.

Here are the details: you get 5GB free and if you buy some music on Amazon, you get another 15GB free for a total of 20GB.  You can upload your music to the Cloud right now.  The service doesn’t work on iOS but does work on Mac.

This might carry us over until iOS5 is announced, anyway.  Interestingly, Amazon is also offering to store Documents, Pictures and Videos in that 20GB as well.

Amazon has had their S3 Cloud infrastructure going for awhile, now we’ll get to see how strong it really is with the influx of music users.

Full version below:

How to Get Started with Cloud Drive and Cloud Player

Step 1. Add music to Cloud Drive

Purchase a song or album from the Amazon MP3 Store and click the Save to Amazon Cloud Drive button when your purchase is complete. Your purchase will be saved for free. Step 2. Play your music in Cloud Player for Web

Click the Launch Amazon Cloud Player button to start listening to your purchase. Add more music from your library by clicking the Upload to Cloud Drive button from the Cloud Player screen. Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage. Upgrade to 20 GB with an MP3 album purchase (see details). Use Cloud Player to browse and search your library, create playlists, and download to your computer. Step 3. Enjoy your music on the go with Cloud Player for Android

Install the Amazon MP3 for Android app to use Cloud Player on your Android device. Shop the full Amazon MP3 store, save your purchases to Cloud Drive, stream your Cloud Player library, and download to your device right from your Android phone or tablet.

  • What is the cloud?The cloud is a term used to describe the Internet. Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard drive in the cloud. Securely store your music, videos, photos, and documents online and access them from anywhere. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer. Back up your files to ensure that your music, photos, and personal documents are available to you wherever you go. Learn more about Cloud Drive.
  • Who can access Cloud Player?If you are an existing Amazon customer with a valid billing address in the United States, you have access to Cloud Player. All you need to do is accept the Cloud Player Terms of Use to start using your Cloud Player account. See how to access Cloud Player.
  • Who can access Cloud Drive?If you are an existing Amazon customer, you have access to 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage. All you need to do is accept the Cloud Drive Terms of Use to start using your Cloud Drive account. Learn more about Cloud Drive.
  • Will all of my previous Amazon MP3 purchases already be in Cloud Drive?No, but you can save all new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to Cloud Drive for free. Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage which can be used to upload your existing music library, as well as videos, documents, and other digital files. Read about how to upload music.
  • Will I be charged for using Cloud Player or Cloud Drive?Cloud Player is a free web and Android application. All customers start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage and you can upgrade to 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage with an MP3 album purchase (learn more about this offer). All new Amazon MP3 purchases saved to Cloud Drive do not count against your storage quota. Amazon also offers a variety of Cloud Drive storage plans to meet all of your data storage needs. Find out about Cloud Drive storage plans.
  • Can I upload music from my phone?Uploading music from your mobile device is not possible at this time, but you can upload music from your PC or Mac.See how to upload music.
  • How do I know how much Cloud Drive storage I’ve used?When you are in Cloud Player, you can see how much storage you’ve used by looking at the top left corner of the player screen under the Upload to your Cloud Drive button. View your storage usage and manage your files.

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