questionsdo you think the amazon cloud player is a joke?

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I think any company using "cloud" as some kind of associative buzz-word is a joke.

Apple icloud
Windows cloud hosting
Amazon cloud player

All pretty stupid, in my opinion.

In direct answer to your question, I do think what you are getting from Amazon in this service is not worth it at all. They need to ramp up their features and cut the cost a little bit before it becomes tempting to the masses.

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I liked it when I could just d/l to my cpu without having it stored in the amazon area first. Just seems like another way for them to look into my soul and take more away

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If used for what it seems to be designed for (a place from which to re-download purchased music, with a full-song preview), Amazon's Cloud Player isn't bad - but it's also not great.

But calling it a Cloud "Player" is disingenuous - it is lacking features present in media players from the 1990s.

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If Google would let me buy music, I always get stuck in a loop (purchase pop up, sign in to buy music, sign in page, purchase pop up, sign in to buy music, etc.), then maybe I would consider it but I haven't had any problems with Amazon. The music is DRM free so it can be moved to Google if you so choose (I know you can't download but for the majority that's not a problem) and they have better, more frequent deals on music, especially if you include all the credits they give out.
My direct answer is, no it is not a joke. It could use some more linux support it sounds like and more features in the player like rating would be nice but overall it works and is free so it's not a joke.

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@mkentosh: Accept you bought it from them in the first place so they already know what music you have whether you store it on the player or not.

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I don't really use their cloud player. I do use their cloud storage and transfer to whatever device whenever I want so I think their cloud drive is just as handy as icloud. I'm sure it's just a means for everyone to eventually require enough disk space on their servers so they can collect $20 bucks extra a year from everybody. That way the cost shifts over to us to annually maintain their bread and butter servers so that they eventually pay for themselves

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@druke: it appears their downloader is really just an Adobe AIR app, which implies that you could probably get it running on Linux with reasonable ease, a supported option or not. They used to have a native downloader, a couple of years ago, but I can totally understand them wanting to invest less in platform-specific development. My guess is that they don't list Linux as being supported since there would be too many possible configurations to document so that users of different distributions could get up and running. Linux, being so fragmented, is a pain in the butt to support commercially, and frankly doesn't map to enough potential profit to make it worth it.

So, go get AIR set up and give it a go. I may be wrong, but I think it'll work.

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I love the cloud player. It plays music. It's in the cloud. Sounds functional to me.

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Honestly, since I was going to buy the music anyway and this gives me an option to play it from an internet enabled device and not have to worry about actually having the files present, I'm actually more than happy with it. Now granted I had a drive crash and downloading the music I had on there was a pain and they need to work on the download options, but aside from that as a media player over browsers or mobile phones its fantastic in my opinion.