Amazon has revealed a slightly huge update in its Cloud Player service, following its early introduction last year.
The recent modernization allows the Player to become more independent from Cloud Drive and additionally gives a free, automatic audio quality upgrade, similar to that of the iTunes Match.
The audio quality upgrade is quite cool as it allows music on the user’s hard drive to be scanned automatically. Another interesting feature is that its ability to match songs, which Amazon only has the rights to, will be upgraded to a high-quality 256 kbps version, and will automatically be uploaded even without exerting user effort. Such fascinating upgrade will take effect on songs already listed in the user’s Cloud Drive, with an additional access to the original files.
Starting today, any song purchase from Amazon, will give the user the advantage of having it automatically imported into the Cloud Player as well. Moreover, previously purchased songs will be allowed for import if Amazon has the license to do so.
Users now have the option whether to manually edit track metadata or just simply use the data given by Amazon as aid for their imported tracks.
Prior to the update, all music was normally stored in the Cloud Drive. However, with the presence of its recently revamped Player, it allows music separation on dedicated storage. That is, the user’s current tracks will be transferred from Music to a folder labeled as “Archived music”, and as an advantage, will no longer accumulate towards their storage quota, allowing a more organized and uncongested playlist.
In terms of storage, users will initially be allotted with a room enough to keep 250 tracks for free, which can be maximized up to 250,000 with a Premium account, costing $25 per year. However, the given maximum limits are only intended for songs not purchased on Amazon.
For good news sake, Cloud Drive users will soon be given the privilege for a free upgrade to Premium.
Only a maximum of 10 devices are allowed to gain admission to the user’s catalog, that is, he or she can utilize any web browser, though just one at a time. Other named devices include PC, Mac, Kindle Fire, Android phone, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Meanwhile, Amazon has revealed the future release of its Roku and Sonos devices, which are an addition to the list of supported devices.
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