ONLINE BOOKSELLER Amazon has bought its Cloud Player music service to the UK and Europe.
We've tried it, and on the PC it is a fairly reasonable service. We suspect however that Amazon has launched it with the Kindle Fire and similar tablet devices in mind.
"Millions of US customers are already using Amazon Cloud Player to listen to their music everywhere, on their favourite devices, including Kindle Fire, Android phones and tablets, Iphones, Ipod Touches, Macs and PCs. We're excited to bring this same convenience to Amazon music customers in the UK," said Amazon VP of EU Retail Greg Greeley.
"The launch of Cloud Player in the UK means that customers can buy anywhere, play anywhere, and keep all of their music in one place without the need for constant software updates, or drives and cables to move and manage their music."
You can link Cloud Player to as many as ten devices, and it had a decent look at our PC to see what and if there was anything there that we wanted to sync to it.
It reminded us that we had bought digital music from Amazon before, and didn't take particularly long to find that and add it to the cloud setup.
You can have 250 songs there for free or pay around £22 and have as many as you like, if as many as you like is less than 250,000. We went for the former. One nice thing is that tracks you have bought at Amazon do not count against your allocation.
There are some other good features. The Cloud Player let us download the songs from Amazon that we had bought in the past but lost through not backing up hard disks like you are supposed to do. µ
So much for democracy
But in fairness, you could get a free Office subscription
Speeds won't be throttled, but data usage will be capped