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MacRumors
Feb 27, 2013, 10:49 AM
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Apple has released its Cloud Player app (http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/27/amazons-streaming-music-service-goes-big-screen-with-debut-of-cloud-player-for-ipad/) for the iPad, some six months after it came out (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/12/amazon-launches-cloud-player-app-for-iphone/) for the iPhone and iPod touch.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/02/NewImage6.pngYour music. Everywhere. Listen to your music collection from the cloud on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad anywhere you are. You can download or stream your library from the cloud - or play the music you already have on your device.Amazon has made several moves to expand its cloud music platform in recent months. It has optimized its music store (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/17/amazon-optimizes-mp3-store-for-mobile-safari-to-attract-ios-device-users/) for mobile Safari, made free digital copies of all CDs ever purchased (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/10/amazon-launches-autorip-offering-free-digital-versions-of-purchased-cds/) on Amazon.com, and introduced a new "scan and match" service (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/31/amazon-cloud-player-upgraded-with-scan-and-match-256-kbps-audio/) similar to iTunes Match.

Amazon Cloud Player is available free (http://appshopper.com/music/amazon-cloud-player) for iPhone or iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/app/amazon-cloud-player/id510855668?mt=8)]

Article Link: Amazon Releases Cloud Music Player for iPad (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/27/amazon-releases-cloud-music-player-for-ipad/)



Macwick
Feb 27, 2013, 10:52 AM
Apple has released

You mean Amazon....

theotherguy
Feb 27, 2013, 10:57 AM
You mean Amazon....

heh. Paging Dr. Freud.

MasterHowl
Feb 27, 2013, 10:58 AM
I always buy albums from Amazon now (downloadable ones) rather than buying them from iTunes.

They're usually at least half the price (often even cheaper). I just download them with their MP3 Downloader app, and then iTunes Match them to ensure they're of a high quality.

I've saved loads since I started buying music from Amazon over iTunes!

John.B
Feb 27, 2013, 11:14 AM
The new configurable cache size is a much needed addition. Works as advertised. :)

I didn't bring my iPad with me today, so I won't be able to check that out until later, but the screengrabs make it look sort of modal with popover screens:

http://a397.phobos.apple.com/us/r1000/085/Purple2/v4/9c/28/6c/9c286c74-6f4c-ab0d-9129-9fe5a40df298/mzl.xfihkorz.480x480-75.jpg

furi0usbee
Feb 27, 2013, 11:17 AM
I'm happy with Music Match. I can stream my entire music library to my iPad mini and not need to waste space. I do have a boatload of albums on Amazon though, but I re-bought much of it when Apple started hosting purchased music.

Macwick
Feb 27, 2013, 11:53 AM
I'm happy with Music Match. I can stream my entire music library to my iPad mini and not need to waste space. I do have a boatload of albums on Amazon though, but I re-bought much of it when Apple started hosting purchased music.

Dear furi0usbee, we love you. Signed, the music industry.

furi0usbee
Feb 27, 2013, 12:17 PM
Pretty much... can't count how many times I've bought Beatles stuff...

I know people who get all their music for free. I personally don't mind paying for it. If I don't mind a $25 audiobook, what's $1.29.

Rocketman
Feb 27, 2013, 12:33 PM
Doesn't Apple have a test download function for developers so they can test updates before they go live "in the wild"?

Rocketman

MrDc2
Feb 27, 2013, 04:02 PM
Delay much? :D

drury2328
Feb 27, 2013, 04:04 PM
This was much needed and I am looking forwardto seeing the Ipad version rather than having to expand the iphone app. I have recently really started to appreciate the functionality of ipad-version apps.

Jessica Lares
Feb 27, 2013, 04:09 PM
Anyone else's library lagging? Otherwise am really liking it too.

ThunderSkunk
Feb 27, 2013, 06:02 PM
Until there's internet access "everywhere", these streaming music services are a semi-functional novelty. As soon as you leave the house, you are jumping between connections wherever you can find one. That's how we're supposed to listen to music? ...and when you're at home, you've already got all your music on itunes, playable over better devices or streaming over your local network. Out walking around on your cell connection? Your limited data plan gets chewed up in no time, & worse, gets your connection throttled, making it an expensive proposition.

Not once have I found a scenario where streaming music from a cloud service provides any benefit.

sunspot42
Feb 27, 2013, 08:21 PM
I subscribed to their Cloud Player service a month ago. So far it's pretty much a complete bust. The upload process took ages, the mobile player for iOS is worthless, and even thru a browser at work it can't stream reliably or consistently.

This latest release can't even download the library's table of contents onto my iPhone properly (the last release took about 10 minutes to accomplish this task - I would love to know how it can take that long to download a list of music files over a Wifi connection).

Incompetence, thy name is Amazon.

LethalWolfe
Mar 3, 2013, 12:10 AM
Not once have I found a scenario where streaming music from a cloud service provides any benefit.
IMO Pandora is better than radio (fewer commercials and customizable 'stations') while Spotify lets you listen any song in their catalog for free (though there are many more commercials than on Pandora). If choose to go the paid route with Spotify you can download songs and listen locally for times when you aren't connected to the cloud.