Thursday, March 31, 2011

Amazon Cloud Drive and Player - Cloud Computing in Action

In my previous post I had written how Google has used Cloud Computing for its new offering Google Cloud Print. Not to be left behind, Amazon has come-up with its own Cloud Computing based offering viz. Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon Cloud Drive.

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive can be seen as your hard disk in the cloud. As soon as you will make a account in it you will get a 5 GB of free storage space. You can use it to store anything you want... from documents, photos, music, files, presentations... anything ! This all is on-line, so you can access the Amazon Cloud Drive anywhere in the world and at any time. You can access it from your browser having internet connection. Also Amazon Cloud Drive is secure and rest assured all your data will safe and secure at all times. Access to your Cloud Drive is controlled through your user ID and password. All communications are encrypted using HTTPS, so that your data can pass securely over the Internet.

Back to space available in Amazon Cloud Drive. For starters 5 GB is free, also if you purchase an album from the Amazon MP3 Store, you may be eligible for a free upgrade to 20 GB of Cloud Drive space for one year (this promotion is open to U.S. customers only currently). If you need more storage space, paid plans are available for storage up to 1,000 GB !

Amazon Cloud Player

This is a service build over the Amazon Cloud Drive. This enables the users of Amazon Cloud Player to listen and enjoy music anywhere and at any-time. Amazon Cloud Player streams the music content from the Amazon Cloud Drive to the respective browser. They are available for both web and android based devices. Both Cloud Players for Web and Android feature a 'Save to Amazon Cloud Drive' button, which lets you transfer your personal music collection to the Amazon Cloud Drive.

Both Android and Web based Cloud Players let users upload music, create playlists, organise content and also download music uploaded to their collection. Google and Apple are also working on their cloud based streaming players for their respective platforms (Android and iOS), but Amazon has clearly beaten them to it.

This feature of Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player in real is Cloud Computing in Action. This is just the beginning and more and more innovative ideas are yet to come.

For more about Amazon Cloud Drive read this article. For more on Amazon Cloud Player read this article.

1 comment:

  1. This will spice up the cloud computing application market and would bring in new player.


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