Five ways to access your music from anywhere
Stealing a march on Apple and Google, Amazon has decided to enter the world of cloud music storage.
Unleashing the Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, users can store up to 5GB of music on Amazon’s servers for free and play tracks back via the web or an Android phone. The bad news is that it's only currently available to our friends across the pond in the US.
If you are desperate to have access to your favourite tunes and playlists on the go, here are five cloud music services that you can already get familiar with instead.
See below for the best Amazon Cloud player alternatives
Once you've installed the music uploader onto your Mac or PC, you can start choosing the music you want to live in the mSpot Cloud. There's 2GB storage for free users which is around 1,600 songs, and iOS and Android apps means you can stream your music or cache music when offline. If you've just added a new album to your playlist, the MSpot Cloud will reflect those changes.
Platform: Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android
Price: 2GB storage, free; 40GB, $3.99 a month
2/ Sony Qriocity
With over six million tracks to choose from, Sony's music unlimited subscription service streams music, Spotify-style, from its servers to your laptop, PS3 or web-enabled Bravia TV, Blu-ray deck and home cinema system. Support is also expected for Sony mobile devices and tablets in the near future.
Platform: Sony Bravia TVs, Blu-ray decks, home cinema systems, Vaio laptops, PS3
Price: £3.99 per month Basic and £9.99 per month Premium
Link: Sony Qriocity
3/ My Music Anywhere My Hub
Launched by the Carphone Warehouse, My Music Anywhere makes a 'fingerprint' copy of your music and playlists via the desktop application. When away from your computer, you can then access all your music from servers which match your music to a six million-strong library supported by four major record labels which include Universal Music and Warner Music.
Platform: Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry
Price: £29.99 a year
Link: Carphone Warehouse
Create your account through www.audiogalaxy.com on your Mac or PC and additionally download the iPhone or Android app to access all your music, playlists with support for MP3, AAC, ALAC, FLAC, WMA and OGG music formats. You will however, need to keep the computer where you've installed the desktop application turned on to reap the full cloud music benefits.
Platform: Mac, PC, iPhone, Android
Price: Free with 200,000 song limit
One of the most popular cloud storage services to give you access to all your docs and data, Dropbox also carries audio support for the most popular music file formats including MP3, WAV file formats, Acting just like a folder on your PC, stored files can be accessed on your mobile via Android/iPhone app or via a Chrome web extension.
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry
Price: 2GB: free, 50GB: $9.99 per month, 100GB: $19.99 per month