How To Use Your Free 5GB Amazon Cloud Drive Space For Music

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clouds   How To Use Your Free 5GB Amazon Cloud Drive Space For MusicThe era of cloud-based computing is vastly taking hold, and if you are a computer user who juggles between one or more computers, plus a few mobile devices, then cloud-based storage is nearly essential to accessing your digital media and other data.

What is cloud-based computing, you ask? It essentially involves uploading computer files to a web-based network, which in turn means you can access those uploaded files from any computer or supporting mobile device that gets an Internet connection. So for example, if you have lots of music files on your home computer, you can’t play that music when you’re away from home. But if you have your music floating somewhere in a cloud network, then you can access and stream your songs nearly anywhere via the Internet. Dropbox, for many of us MUO writers and avid readers, is one of the most popular uses of cloud-based computing. Read How Cloud Computing Works for more information.

If you’re looking for more cloud-based storage, one of the largest online stores on the planet, Amazon.com, now provides its customers with 5GB free online space. That amount of storage, Amazon says, could hold up to a 1,000 songs, 2,000 photos, or 20 minutes worth of HD video. If you just wanted to use the storage for backing up all your text-based files, I’m sure 5GB would be more than enough.

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Using The Cloud Drive

To use Amazon Cloud storage you need to have or open an Amazon account. You are not required to actually purchase stuff from Amazon to use the Cloud service.

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The Cloud Drive is where you upload your documents, music, pictures, and videos. The process is as simple as clicking the Upload Files button and from there adding your files to your Amazon Cloud drive. To keep things from getting messy, you might want to use the existing folder structure Amazon has set up for you. You can also create new folders within existing folders for even better organization.

Using The Cloud Player

As Amazon is the business of selling music, as well as books, it has also developed an Amazon Cloud Player. But even if you don’t purchase music from the Amazon store, you can still upload your own DRM-free (Digital Rights Management) music to your cloud account and stream it over the web and through your Android phone.

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When you first start using the Cloud Drive, you might think you have to upload all your music files from there, but if you’re wanting to get a significant amount of songs into your Drive, then you will want to use the free Amazon MP3 Uploader, which requires that you have Adobe Air installed on your computer. If it is not installed, the Uploader will ask you to download it. You download the Uploader by clicking the Uploader button in the upper-left of the Cloud Player.

The MP3 Uploader

When you launch the Uploader, it will scan for all the music files on your computer. If your music is organized in iTunes or Windows Media Player, the Uploader will recognize and upload all your playlists, tags, and album covers.

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If your computer is brimming with music files, you may think Amazon’s meager 5 gigs of storage is useless for your needs. Well, you do have the option to purchase more space, but if you want to keep it all free, uploading just your favorite playlists or individual songs could suffice.

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The Uploader allows you to cherry pick from your computer music collection what you want to upload to your Cloud Drive. To make selections, click the Start Upload button. The Uploader may inform you that you do not have enough Cloud space available in your account for all your music. If you get that notice, click “Edit selections“ to narrow the amount of files you can upload.

When your list of music on your computer appears, deselect the Playlists box and then scroll down the list and select the songs, albums, or playlists you want to upload.

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There are some exceptions to the files that Uploader supports, including DRM files and Non-MP3 and non-AAC format files. If you have a long list of files, you might first consider creating a playlist in iTunes or a folder on your computer that consists of only the music files supported by Amazon’s Uploader.

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In iTunes, for example, you can create a smart playlist (see screenshot above) of all your non-protected music, then upload your songs via the Uploader. If the Uploader didn’t locate all your music, you can click, “browse for more music,” at the top of the Uploader to manually locate your missing songs.

After selecting your songs or playlists, simply click the “Start upload” button. The Cloud Player is a web-based music player. Similar to iTunes, you can browse music by albums, artists, genres, and songs.

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Though cloud-based computing is no longer in its infancy, there will no doubt be many more features added to services like Amazon Cloud that will make accessing your files via the Internet an essential and economical way of storing, accessing, and using data.

Let us know what you think of the Amazon Cloud Drive and Player. Are there similar services that you already use? Let us know about them.

See also our articles about other cloud services, including Amazon’s free S3 Cloud, ZumoDrive and Sipgate storage services.

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Bobjoe

You can get 20GBs of free space if you buy an mp3 album from amazon. Just putting it out there;)

Andy

You can buy albums only in the US, it would appear…

Antriksh Yadav

And I was able to see, preview and download several free albums from Cambodia, Asia.

Bakari

Cool, Bobjoe, I’ll check into this. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

Antriksh Yadav

I haven’t tried yet, but you can download a free album and it is treated as a purchase. I wonder if you still get the 20 gigs.

Aibek

Any update on this?

Antriksh Yadav

No. Haven’t tried. I like iTunes so much more than anything else, and I have
all my play counts and stuff. So I don’t switch.

Aibek

OK.

Trevor Lenten

It’s good not great. Limited file type support really sucks and Linux compatibility isn’t great. I have 15 gigs that I would love to upload except I keep it on my server which runs Linux so I can’t use the upload tool and I am not willing to convert that amount of data to a different format when I have already poured hours into keeping it organized. Most of my music that I have already uploaded is mainly .wma so it will not play in the cloudplayer. One thing I like is that any albums you purchase from amazon and store in the cloud are not counted against your quota. If anyone knows of an easy way to batch convert music in Linux I’d be interested.

Bakari

Thanks Trevor, for that additional info.

Dman977

If you want more storage space, just buy an album and your storage is upped to 20GB for free.

Bakari

Thanks Dman977, for that additional info. I totally missed it in the review.

Fred

“It appears that you are attempting to use Amazon Cloud Player from outside the U.S. This service is intended for U.S. customers only.”

Bakari

Fred, thanks for letting us know that. Hopefully Amazon will soon upgrade for international service.

Luis Cartagena

It’s only for one year though. I was all excited!!!