BIG news today from Amazon – after what has seemed like eons, they finally released Amazon Cloud Player for the Apple iPhone. Having used Apple iTunes along with Amazon – because they often charge less for downloads and they work across any device, I was always looking for a convenient way to access my Amazon downloads without having to re-sync my device. Amazon seems to have been listening with Amazon Cloud Player.
Here’s a quick rundown on their new app.
What I like about this app:
When you first launch the app, you’ll notice how streamlined and simple things are. At the top are two tabs, cloud and device. What this means is that I don’t have to switch between the Amazon Cloud Player app and Apple’s iPod – I can access ALL of my music in one place, which is super convenient.
In addition to being able to play music from Amazon Cloud Player and music that I have synced from iTunes, Amazon Cloud Player also brings over any playlists that you have created on Amazon. Another thing I found very important is that unlike some music player apps, Amazon Cloud Player gives me the ability to launch the app, play my music, and then switch to other apps, without interrupting my current jam.
The last area I wanted to highlight is regarding downloads. Not only does Amazon score high marks for their design, but I give them extra credit because in addition to being able to stream any music I have purchased on Amazon, I can also download it right to my device (great if you take the metro and have spotty cell service)!
Obviously, this could eat into your monthly data plan, but they’ve added a button where you can choose to download and stream your music when only on Wi-Fi (look for this under the widget icon in the right corner).
Overall, I’m VERY impressed with Amazon Cloud Player. Not only is it a breeze to setup – all you need to do is login – what I love most is that I can now listen to any music I have purchased from Amazon along with any music I have purchased from Apple iTunes on any iOS device!
Where to get the app:
The Amazon Cloud Player app is only available for iPhone users at the moment; however, you can download it and use it on your iPad or iPod Touch without any issues.
So I’m wondering – which music store do you buy most of your music from?