I finally took a look at Amazon’s new Cloud Drive, which all Amazon users can have access to for free, as long as they don’t need more than 5GB of storage.  You can nab up to 20GB of free storage for a year if you purchase something from their MP3 store, which was the incentive for me to try their Cloud Drive out.  Yes, their e-mail marketing finally worked on me!  Amazon got me to try out their Cloud services by sending me a note about the Tron: Legacy Reconstructed album being available for $7.99, which qualified it for the 20GB of free storage promotion they’re currently running for their Cloud Drive.  I must say that since taking the plunge I’ve definitely become a bigger fan of Amazon, especially their MP3 service and its integration into the Cloud.

If you’re not purchasing your music via Amazon’s MP3 store you’re missing out on what the digital distribution model should be, which is once you buy something it’s yours to use anywhere, and on any device.  I know iTunes is wildly popular, but if you’re not a full-on Apple fanboy and like to use other gadgets that don’t have the once bitten Apple on it, you’re basically screwed if you purchase media from Apple’s store.  You can’t use it on anything that isn’t Apple approved, so forget transferring your PURCHASED music to a Droid, or any other portable media player.

Amazon MP3 Store

This model doesn’t just kinda of suck, it really sucks!  I do dig iTunes and its awesome catalog of songs, movies, books, and TV shows, but considering the only way I can use my legally obtained music is on other Apple devices, I’ve looked into alternate sources to buy digital media (Sure you can buy DRM stripping software, but why should we have to spend more money just to use our purchased media on other devices?).

For this exact reason of unfair DRM restrictions I turned to Amazon’s MP3 service to obtain my music these days.  Yes, I actually pay for music, and so should the rest of you bums!  Their promise of DRM free MP3’s can’t be beat, and every purchase I make can be used wherever the f*ck I want.  I don’t have to own an Amazon approved device just to use my purchases.  With the introduction of their Cloud Drive and Cloud Player Amazon has made their digital distribution platform even more appealing.

Amazon Cloud Player/Drive

Basically, any MP3 I purchase from their service can be uploaded to my personal Cloud Drive, so I can have access to it anywhere that has a connection to the Net.  Your Cloud Drive can also be accessed from your Android based phone via the Amazon MP3 app, which you can download via the QR code after the break.  The other fantastic feature of this service is that you can physically download any of your files from the Cloud Drive to whichever device your browsing it on.

For example, if I just purchased a new album from the MP3 store on my laptop (These files don’t count against your storage quotas!), but then had to leave for work without being able to copy the files to my Thunderbolt, I could launch the Amazon MP3 app and choose to download said files to my phone!  The other great thing about this new service is that I can also stream my music that is stored on the Cloud Drive, so if I don’t want to eat up any precious HDD space on my phone or laptop I can just listen to my music in the Cloud Drive Player.  I can also upload existing music files that are found on my PC via the Amazon MP3 Uploader to my Cloud Drive (Please note that 851MB of music took about 2.5 hours to upload).

Uploader to Transfer Existing Music Files to Your Cloud Drive

Without any hesitation I recommend that all of you geeks at least try the Amazon Cloud service.  If anything, it’s free, so it’s not like it’ll cost your cheap ass’s any money to try it out.  It’s an economical way to purchase, store, and retrieve your music from anywhere in the World that has an Internet connection, or a solid cell signal for Android Users.  The Amazon MP3 app for Android is also quite lightweight, and if I didn’t spend $5 on the PowerAmp Music Player, I’d probably use the Amazon MP3 app to listen to all of my music on my Thunderbolt.

Android App


If this sounds interesting to you and something you’d like to try out, you can head on over to this link to get started.  You can also check out the video below for a simplified break down of what the Cloud Drive and Cloud Player can do for you.  What are you waiting for?  Get connected to the Cloud today!  You’ve been given a reason to get your head into the Clouds and not out of them…

QR Code for Amazon MP3 App


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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.