Amazon Cloud Player now works on iOS… of a fashion

Darren Allan

May 9, 2011

Amazon launched Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, its online storage and music solutions, at the end of March.

But for mobile users, the only way to store up to 5GB of music for free and enjoy it on the move has previously been via the Android app.

However, it seems that Amazon has updated its music streaming service to work with iOS. Not in the form of a dedicated app, mind, but the web-based Cloud Player can now be successfully accessed via the Safari browser on Apple’s operating system.

As Appolicious notes, it’s quite clunky to get working, and you’ll be told that your browser isn’t compatible – but you’ve just got to ignore that warning and apparently it functions just fine. Mostly, anyway, with perhaps the odd glitch.

And of course you can’t upload tunes to your cloud-based music locker, because that requires Flash.

Still, it’s an improvement on what most Apple users have had from Amazon thus far in the digital music stakes, which is nothing.

Whether they’ll be particularly bothered about this development given that Apple has its own cloud music system on the horizon (likely to be called iCloud), we shall have to see.

For the moment, it’s still 5GB of free storage courtesy of Amazon, however, which is better than a poke in the eye with a toffee apple. And indeed 20GB of storage should you buy an MP3 album from the online retailer…


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