Compliments existing iOS client
Amazon has released a native Cloud Player app for the Mac. The software lets people both play and buy music from the Amazon MP3 Store. It can also automatically import music from iTunes or CDs, though, and be used to export libraries to other music players. Any music stored in Cloud Drive is accessible on other platforms with a Cloud Player app, including Windows, iOS, Android, Roku, Sonos, Samsung TVs, and the web.
Ripped tracks free to customers for purchases in last decade
Amazon has extended its AutoRip service to the United Kingdom and Europe, following a successful launch in the United States. The service provides a digital copy of physical albums bought through the retailer, with songs automatically appearing in the user's Amazon Cloud Player as MP3 files, which saves the user time in ripping tracks from the CD, as well as providing the music early without having to wait for the CD to arrive.
Launches six months after iPhone/iPod version
Amazon has released a v2.0 update of Cloud Player for iOS, finally bringing the app to the iPad. The app was initially released for iOS roughly six months ago, but launched without a native iPad interface. Both the iPhone and iPad interfaces have been tweaked to use a new look, and sport a new setting for managing cache size.
Downloadable album tracks for albums bought in last 15 years
Amazon has started offering MP3 versions of CDs bought through the retailer. AutoRip will provide users a digital copy of specific albums bought on Amazon, not only for future purchases, but also for any albums bought from a list of over 50,000 by customers in the 15 years since Amazon first opened its Music Store.
Also releases iPhone, iPod touch versions of Instant Video
Amazon has released versions of its Cloud Player for Roku set-top boxes and Samsung Smart TVs. The update comes at the same time as apps for Amazon Instant Video became available to download in Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch, four months after it became available on the iPad.
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.
Google Music talks regressing
Google Music's progress may have not only stalled but backfired if a leak Friday is accurate. A change in terms over the past few weeks may have seen progress "gone backwards" as the two sides couldn't reach a deal. Whether or not it was the direct cause, AllThingsD heard the discussions for cloud music were fundamentally "broken" and that Google was even reconsidering the plans themselves.
Amazon aggressively seeking Cloud Player partners
Amazon is trying to secure agreements with the major music labels to secure licensing deals after launching its Cloud Player service on Tuesday. According to the Wall Street Journal, unnamed sources said the aggressive negotiations have the intention of making good with the four main record label groups after Amazon surprised them with the launch of the service. The music companies didn't immediately take kindly to the service, as it allows users to stream their existing music libraries to their portable devices from a remote server.