Amazon expands Cloud Player app to Apple's iPhone, iPod touch

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More than a year after introducing its Cloud Player streaming music service, Amazon is finally bringing the application to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and iPod touch, enabling consumers to access and download music stored in the cloud to their iOS device.

Amazon launched the free Cloud Player app and corresponding Cloud Drive platform in March 2011, rolling out the service across Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android smartphones and tablets as well as PCs and Macs. All Amazon customers automatically begin with 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage to upload their digital music library, with any consumer who purchases a full-length Amazon MP3 album upgraded to 20 GB of space. Customers may cherrypick favorite songs, artists, albums and playlists, or simply upload their entire digital music library.

Amazon expanded the Cloud Player streaming app to Apple's iPad tablet in mid-2011. The digital retailer previously brought Web-based Cloud Drive access to the iOS platform, enabling consumers to access their music via the Safari browser.

Apple introduced its own iCloud in June 2011 as a replacement for its MobileMe service. iCloud automatically syncs content on Apple servers for access across iOS devices as well as Macs and PCs--each day, the service backs up all of the user's iOS devices over Wi-Fi, storing content including purchased music, movies, apps and books as well as photos, videos, device settings and app data.

All iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion users are given 5 GB of free iCloud storage. Consumers looking to expand their digital lockers are charged $20 per year for 15 GB total, $40 per year for 25 GB or $100 per year for 55 GB total. There are now more than 125 million iCloud users.

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