updated 06:15 am EDT, Wed June 13, 2012
Cloud Player iOS app lags behind Android release by a year
Amazon has launched its Cloud Player app for iOS. The app (Free, App Store) allows users to download or stream music stored in the cloud locker to their iPhone or iPod touch, with options to curate existing playlists and include Amazon-stored music tracks built-in. It functions in a similar way to the Amazon Cloud Player for desktop and Android by downloading and streaming audio files from the cloud storage.
iOS users also get options for playing music in the background, lockscreen controls, and Bluetooth streaming. The iOS app equals the service that Android users have had for some time, however does not allow for music purchasing due to competition with iTunes. Previously, users of the Amazon Cloud Player service on iOS had to use Safari to play tracks instead of having a native application.
All Amazon customers can use the locker at no charge with a 5GB limit, with song purchases through Amazon not taking up any of the storage allocation. Unlimited space for MP3 and AAC files is offered for those purchasing a storage plan.