Amazon's Cloud PlayerIf you haven't used Amazon Cloud Player before, then it's simply an online service where you can upload music and stream it via your Internet browser. To get you started, Amazon give you free cloud space for up to 250 songs if uploading -- if you purchase digital music via the AmazonMP3 Store, then this will also appear in your music locker space, but won't count towards this limit.
Whether you want to upload songs you have ripped from your own audio CDs, or purchased from other digital music services, we'll show you in a few simply steps how to get your collection into the Amazon Cloud Player -- all you need is an Amazon account. Once your songs are up in the cloud, you'll be able to listen to them (via streaming) by using your computer's browser -- you can also stream to iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android devices.
Amazon Music Importer InstallationIn order to upload your music (must be DRM-free), you first need to download and install the Amazon Music Importer application. This is currently available for the PC (Windows 7 / Vista / XP) and Mac (OS X 10.6+ / Intel CPU / AIR version 3.3.x). Follow these steps to download and install Amazon Music Importer:
- Goto to the Amazon Cloud Player Web page and login by clicking the Sign In button in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
- In the left pane, click the Import Your Music button. A dialog box will appear on the screen. Once you have read the information, click Download Now.
- Once the file has been downloaded to your computer, run the file to start the installer application. If Adobe Air isn't already on your system, the installation wizard will also install this too.
- On the Authorize Your Device screen, click the Authorize Device button. You can have up to 10 devices linked to your Amazon Cloud Player.
Importing Songs Using Amazon Music Importer
- Once you have installed the Amazon Music Importer software, it should run automatically. You can either click on Start Scan or Browse Manually. The first option is the easiest to use and will scan your computer for iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries. For this tutorial we will assume that you have chosen the Start Scan option.
- When the scanning phase is complete you can either click the Import All button or the Edit Selections option -- using this last option enables you to select specific songs and albums. Again, for this tutorial we will assume that you want to import all your songs into Amazon's Cloud Player.
- During the scanning, songs that can be matched with Amazon's online library will automatically appear in your music locker space without the need to upload them. Compatible audio formats for song matching are: MP3, AAC (.M4a), ALAC, WAV, OGG, FLAC, MPG, and AIFF. Any matched songs will also be upgraded to high quality 256 Kbps MP3s. However, for songs that can't be matched you will have to wait for them to be uploaded from your computer.
- When the importing process is complete, close the Amazon Music Importer software and switch back to your Internet browser. To see the updated contents of your music locker you may have to refresh your browser's screen (hitting F5 on your keyboard is the quickest option).
If you want to upload more music in the future, simply log into your Amazon Cloud Player (using your Amazon username and password) and click the Import Your Music button to launch the software application you installed earlier in this tutorial. Happy streaming!