As you may be aware, Amazon Cloud is a new service for accessing your music online. The steps to setting up an account are listed in the previous post. As a member of Amazon Student, I was alerted to a special offer. A free Amazon Cloud account offers 5GB of storage. By purchasing a single album from the mp3 store, Amazon will upgrade you to the 20GB account for a year. They even threw in $2.00 of Amazon mp3 credit to sweeten the deal.
Being a general fan of Amazon’s mp3 store, I jumped on the offer. I found an album I liked, purchased it, and immediately received an email stating I’d been upgraded for a year. If you’ve already set up a paid plan Amazon will credit you $20 for future Amazon Cloud purchases. If you’re worried about getting sucked into a subscription service you might forget about, the default setting is to not auto-renew. At the end of the year you will go back to the free 5GB plan unless you choose to upgrade.
Amazon Cloud Drive has a variety of plans available. You can compare the pricing below.
|5GB||Free||Free of charge|
|50GB||$50/year||Less than $4.25/month|
|100GB||$100/year||Less than $8.50/month|
|200GB||$200/year||Less than $16.75/month|
|500GB||$500/year||Less than $41.75/month|
|1,000GB||$1,000/year||Less than $83.50/month|
One would be hard-pressed to store 1,000GB of music on Amazon Cloud. Music purchased from the mp3 store does not count against your quota. You can store photos, videos, documents, and more to fill up the rest of your space. I think the 20GB plan is a good place to start. I’m a fan of Dropbox’s 2GB plan, so 20GB will come in handy.
Music purchased from Amazon’s mp3 store can be played on your Android device or your web browser. If you already have the Amazon mp3 app, check out the Android Market to make sure you have the latest version. Amazon isn’t the only player in the cloud storage market. Dropbox and Box.net are two popular services. Amazon’s version is certainly worth a look as you consider which service to choose.
You can learn more about Amazon’s new service and the 20GB account upgrade at http://www.amazon.com/20gb-offer.