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Amazon Introduces Cloud Drive and Cloud Player

Amazon announced the release of their new cloud service and hopes to compete directly with Apple and Google. The service cleverly named “Cloud Drive” and “Cloud Player” will brighten Amazon forecast on the digital music space which until now seemed dominated by Apple.

The leap into the cloud gives anyone with an Amazon account access to 5 GB of free space for storing files. The service is available on the web and also on Android devices, so you can stream the uploaded music. Since the Cloud Drive acts as an external hard drive, you can use it for much more than just storing music. The device will also be able to carry your pictures, videos, documents, and anything that can be accessed from a computer’s browser. Amazon also plans on rolling out new digital services and they hope these new measures will boost their company on the stock market. Perhaps one Amazon will grow to be as big as Apple, perhaps.

You can upgrade to 20GB for $20 a year or even 1000GB for $1000 per year, but if you buy just one Amazon MP3 album you are upgrade to 20 GB (a promo). And one nice incentive to buy all your music from Amazon doesn’t count toward your storage limits.

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