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Amazon ups Cloud Player bitrates, adds scan-and-match

updated 05:10 pm EDT, Tue July 31, 2012

New 256Kbps bitrate, separated from Cloud Drive storage

The Amazon Cloud Player has received some upgrades, along with some new licensing agreements. A new scan-and-match service covering iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries matches songs to Amazon's 20 million track catalog, and makes them available to the Cloud Player app (Google Play, App Store) at a new 256Kbps bitrate at no extra charge, including tracks that have already been uploaded to the service.

Roku players and Sonos home entertainment systems will soon see the service and its new higher bitrate. Tracks bought through the Amazon MP3 Store will also automatically appear in the Player, with previous purchases from the store added at no further cost. New licensing agreements have been secured with Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, in order for these upgrades to take place.

The subscription service charge remains at $25 per year to store 250,000 music tracks, and the free tier continues to allow 250 song imports. Amazon-purchased MP3s continue to be discounted from the storage limits. Cloud Drive has been separated from Cloud Player, meaning that previously stored music that would have counted towards its storage limits will no longer do so.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 09-19-00

    Bye bye iTunes. Finally a cross platform cloud service. iTunes Match was just about the only thing keeping me in Apple's walled garden. Thank you Amazon.

    The Premium subcription also supports 10x more songs and includes a 50GB cloud drive.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Yes, I'm sure iTunes is doomed now. Amazon uber alles. Apple will certainly never do anything to improve their service or make it more attractive. Nope. Game over, Amazon wins. All you have to do to beat Apple is equal or maybe add a feature or two more than they have, and the game instantly changes.

    Right, all MP3 players? Right, all set-top TV boxes? Right, netbooks? Right, Android tablets?

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 09-19-00

    Think you misread that. I'm leaving iTunes behind, I'm sure it'll do just fine without me. I just prefer to support cross-platform systems that don't lock me into a single ecosystem, which is important to me since I use both Android and iOS and only Amazon has seen fit to support both.

  1. blahblahbber


    Joined: 02-01-05

    I ripped iTunes out of OSX long ago, and still don't plan on ever looking back.... Glad folks are finally seeing the truth in this company! kudos to the community!!

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