Amazon Cloud Player

Remember when we all wondered why, exactly, I shelled out $100 for 100GB of storage space for Amazon's Cloud Music Player? I'm really regretting that decision now, as Amazon just announced that if you pony up a mere $20 for a $20GB Amazon Cloud Drive plan, you'll be bumped up to unlimited Cloud Player storage. As in, no limit at all. Upload all you want.

Hey, that's great. Glad to see Amazon throwing a bone to new customers. And for us early adopters who wanted a little more space, well, we're just out of luck.

Source: Amazon

Update: Were you like your intrepid editor and paid more for extra storage? Amazon's refunding the difference! Here's the e-mail I just got.

Because your current plan now includes unlimited space for music, we're refunding the difference between the cost of your original Cloud Drive plan of 100 GB and the cost of a current 20 GB plan ($20), which is the least-expensive Cloud Drive plan that includes unlimited space for music. A refund of $80 will be issued to the card originally used for your Amazon Cloud Drive storage plan. Refunds are typically completed within 10 business days and will appear as a credit on your credit card statement.

Good on ya, Amazon! (And a tip of the hat to @dcornejo)

 

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Amazon throws in unlimited music storage if you buy a $20 Cloud Drive plan

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I have the free 5 and dont think i wanna pay for anything. I can never get a song to even play all the way through without a buffer...or 10! Its not my signal. If pandora can do it amazon should have no problem. Weak!!

It most certaintly is your bandwidth problem. If you're not paying for Pandora (you never claimed to be) then you're only at 128 kbps. What's more so is that if you DO have a Pandora One account you're streaming up to, 192kbps per song.

Amazon songs are 320kbps. Pandora uses 60 percent less than Amazon purchased songs. Now if you're uploading only 128 (which I'd advise you to delete, re rip, and reupload.) then you can claim that Amazon's service isn't very good. But if you're streaming 320kbps music, then it's not the players fault and you should be downloading the music you plan to listen to ahead of time. ESPECIALLY if you don't have unlimited, and I"m sure you don't.

So next time you post a comment like that, please take the time to do the most basic research on the kbps rates of your music, and the differneces in file sizes caused by those rates before you start bashing a service. You're just being an ignorant consumer and people like you are why we can't have nice things. I wouldn't say that having a feature where amazon will down convert tracks for mobile platforms wouldn't be a bad idea (my idea) based on web player settings, but I don't know how practical that is.

When I bought MP3's through Amazon they automatically added me to the 20GB/$20 plan (free for the first year). So for now it hasn't cost me anything additional for the unlimited music files. However, I have to be careful about my Comcast usage cap before I upload my 30+ GBs of music to THE CLOUD....

I bought the album a while ago. It looks as if I can upload unlimited music at the moment. So it may count if you have paid before!

Awesome! I bought an album a couple of months ago to upgrade to 20GB. I just checked and I now have unlimited music storage!

Good idea in theory

cloud sounds like a good idea, can have large libraries at your fingertips...

but with Verizon and their new data caps, along with other carriers caps, sounds like cloud services can get real expensive, and that is all based on if you have excellent recption and don't have to wait for buffering.

OK, this is awesome. That 99 cent album I bought for the 20GB plan, was just upgraded to Unlimited Music and 20GB of storage for files.

Now all Amazon needs to do is release a Kindle Tablet running Android 3.1 and I am set.

Something tells me this is a precursor to Tablet news.

So far I like the amazon cloud player and I would like to go all in and upload my entire 72Gb library of music. My big concern is what will it cost me next year at this time when the following occurs?

"Unlimited music space has been added for free for the duration of your existing plan term" -Amazon

When my "existing plan term" ends how much will I have to pay annually to keep my music files in the cloud?

I doubt anyone has the answer to this yet, but I just thought I would throw it out there.

If they would fix their failure to recognize my song collection I would use Amazon, but they can't or don't care. So I will stick with Google Music.