Amazon Remixes Cloud Player Music Service
Amazon has secured the rights from all four major labels to offer a complete cloud music solution using its "Scan and Match" feature, much like iTunes Match. Users can upload their own music - from ripped CDs or iTunes - to Coud Player, with matched songs skipping the upload process and made available instantly. Songs matched at any quality will be made available in high-quality 256 Kbps format. The service supports unlimited music purchased from Amazon MP3. The free version supports up to 250 uploaded/matched songs, while a premium version supports up to 250,000 songs for $25/year. Clous Player is available for both iOS and Android. Amazon is also separating Cloud Player and Cloud Drive, which will now be independent services with separate subscriptions.
Amazon Music Gains Memory Card and Android Wear Support
Amazon today updated its Amazon Music app for Android devices and added several highly-requested features. Users can now download Prime Music tracks to a memory card for offline playback, rather than store the tracks directly on the handset.
Starbucks Adds Spotify Music Discovery to Mobile Apps
Starbucks today expanded the scale of its mobile application to include Spotify-backed music discovery. People who visit Starbucks stores will be able to use the Starbucks mobile app to discover what songs are being played in-store and save those songs to a personal Spotify playlist.
Microsoft Adds OneDrive Streaming to Android and iOS Xbox Music Apps
Microsoft has rolled out updates to the Android and iOS Xbox Music apps that adds the ability to stream music stored in OneDrive. The free feature doesn't require a subscription, so people can upload songs to OneDrive and stream them to their Android or iOS device.
Amazon Launches Apple, Spotify Music Competitor
Amazon today announced Amazon Music Unlimited a streaming music service that offers on-demand access to tens of millions of songs. Amazon is offering Music Unlimited at several different price points.
Amazon Adds Alexa AI to iPhone Shopping App
Amazon today made Alexa, its artificial intelligence, available to a much wider selection of devices by adding Alexa to its iOS mobile shopping application. Now any iPhone with the Amazon app aboard has access to Alexa, allowing people to search for and buy goods simply by asking Alexa for it.