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Amazon sweetens its deal for cloud music service

GettingStarted_unlimitedOffer._V157726512_ Amazon.com is throwing in some extra incentives for users of Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, its cloud-based music storage and playback service.

Those incentives include unlimited space for music for Cloud Drive storage subscribers who pay at least $20 a year, free storage for all MP3 purchases made through Amazon and access to stored music on an iPad, according to a Wednesday statement from the company.

The retail giant's service allows users to store their music library into an Amazon Cloud Drive (which can store other types of files and data too) and play back their music using Amazon's Cloud Player, which is available on the Web and in the form of an app for Google Android phones and tablets.

Amazon got a head start by launching the cloud service in March ahead of competitors Google and Apple. Google rolled out Music Beta, a similar digital music locker service, in May. Rival Apple is courting record labels before introducing its own version, dubbed iCloud.

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-- Shan Li

Image: A computer, a tablet and a phone running the Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player service. Credit: Amazon

 
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