An interesting development is Amazon’s Cloud Player (though Cannonical may be credited for thinking of the idea first for Ubuntu One). Since Ubuntu One is dependent on the OS (and not the browser) this makes Amazon \s version more of a mobile Cloud Player (as it seems to be an Android app and not an app that is independent of any platform, os or browser.
Since Android and Ubuntu are both Linux flavors, I am not sure if Cannonical has an exiting mobile app for Ubuntu One. Apple’s cloud plans also seems kind of ambiguous compared to Microsoft (Azure et al)
I guess we will have to wait for a true Cloud player.
How to Get Started with Cloud Drive and Cloud Player
Step 1. Add music to Cloud Drive
Purchase a song or album from the Amazon MP3 Store and click the Save to Amazon Cloud Drive button when your purchase is complete. Your purchase will be saved for free.
Step 2. Play your music in Cloud Player for Web
Click the Launch Amazon Cloud Player button to start listening to your purchase. Add more music from your library by clicking theUpload to Cloud Drive button from the Cloud Player screen. Start with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage. Upgrade to 20 GB with an MP3 album purchase (see details). Use Cloud Player to browse and search your library, create playlists, and download to your computer.
Step 3. Enjoy your music on the go with Cloud Player for Android
Install the Amazon MP3 for Android app to use Cloud Player on your Android device. Shop the full Amazon MP3 store, save your purchases to Cloud Drive, stream your Cloud Player library, and download to your device right from your Android phone or tablet.
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A cloud-enabled music store
The Ubuntu One Music Store is integrated with the Ubuntu One service making it a cloud-enabled digital music store. All purchases are transferred to your Ubuntu One personal cloud for safe storage and then conveniently downloaded to your synchronizing computers. And don’t worry aboutgoing over your storage quota with music purchases. You won’t need to pay more for personal cloud storage of music purchased from the Ubuntu One Music Store.
An Ubuntu One subscription is required to purchase music from the Ubuntu One Music Store. Choose from either the free 2 GB option or the 50 GB plan for $10 (USD) per month to synchronize more of your digital life.
5 regional stores and more in the works
- The Ubuntu One Music requires Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and offers digital music through five regional stores.
- The US, UK, and Germany stores offer music from all major and independent labels.
- The EU store serves most of the EU member countries (2) and offers music from fewer major label artists.
- The World store offers only independent label music and serves the countries not covered by the other regional stores.
- Amazon beats Apple and Google with cloud music launch (telegraph.co.uk)