Amazon has made it easier than ever to access your music from anywhere. With its new Cloud Player, users can sync their music from their computer to Amazon’s cloud and then stream or download it back from any PC or an Android phone — anywhere someone might happen to be.
Start by heading over to Amazon’s Cloud Player home page, signing up for an account if you don’t already have one, and downloading the MP3 Uploader. Once you have the MP3 Uploader installed on your computer, you are ready to sync music to your cloud drive. Users start out with 5GB of storage, and you can get an additional 15GB to bring your total up to 20 if you simply buy a single album from the Amazon MP3 store. As an added bonus, any songs or albums you buy from the store will automatically appear on your cloud drive, and they will not count towards your storage allowance. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.
If you’re not interested in paying for music from Amazon, you can also buy additional storage to hold your whole library. Prices are reasonable, and run a dollar a year per gigabyte. You can buy 20/50/100/200/500/1000 GBs of storage, all billed on an annual basis. Even those with gigantic collections will be able to hold everything with the high end of these plans.
Follow along to learn how to get your music to the cloud and play it back on your Android phone:
- Install Amazon MP3 Downloader.
- Launch the Amazon Cloud Player in your Browser
- Click Upload to your Cloud Drive and Amazon MP3 Uploader will launch and start scanning your computer for music files.
- Once it finishes, you can fine-tune what you’d like to upload if your collection is too big for the amount of storage you have. Click the + icon next to “All Music” to expand, and uncheck any artists or albums that you don’t want to upload.
- Click Start Upload and Amazon will start uploading your music to the cloud.
- Download and open the Amazon MP3 app from the Market.
- Click “Player” to load the Amazon Cloud Player
- Tap “Cloud Drive Music” and log in to your Amazon account
- The music you uploaded in the steps above will be visible, and you can stream it anywhere you have a solid 3G or Wi-Fi connection.
Amazon is really raising the bar with this service, finally making it virtually effortless to have your music floating around in the cloud rather than shackled to your phone’s SD card. Keep in mind that constant 3G music streaming will be quite taxing on your battery, however, so it would probably still be a good idea to have some tunes stored on your phone itself.