Amazon starts cloud-based music service

Amazon is to make its first foray into music streaming with the launch of cloud-based music services for web and Android mobile devices.

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Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player for Web and Android let users store music then stream it to any Android phone, tablet, PC or Mac device.

Customers can automatically save up to 5Gb of their music library to the Cloud Drive storage; those who purchase an Amazon MP3 album will be upgraded to 20Gb of space. Amazon MP3 purchases will also be saved to the Amazon Cloud Drive service but won’t count against the storage quota.

Amazon vice-president of movies and music Bill Carr says: “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.”

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