I make no bones of the fact that Amazon's MP3 service is my favored music playback option on Android, and the service just got a big update to compete with its primary rival - Google Music.
Metadata can now be edited directly from Cloud Player, and there's now a "get info from Amazon" option to auto-populate track and album information. The Android app has been updated as well, though the changes are basically just things required to make it compatible with all this new stuff, apparently. A lot (none through Amazon, though), but I collect live recordings, which makes up the bulk of those. Because if you have relatively crappy 64k or 128k rips, it'll automatically "give" you CD (I'm assuming) quality rips instead to play using the cloud player. Eh, not CD quality, but high enough that anyone but a crazy audiophile with thousands of dollars of equipment can't reasonably need or appreciate any higher quality. Yeah, no you can't, unless the MP3 decoder is a really, really old version of LAME or something. Edit: I'll say that maybe, maybe - if you have "one in a million" ears, you MIGHT be able to tell the difference on good equipment.
If a song is complex and layered enough, you will lose subtleties, even between those two bitrates. I'm not trying to be a crazy audiophile here (because I am definitely not one), I've just actually had this experience. I'm not at home, it started scanning the files I had already uploaded via the web interface. I thought that music purchased via Google Play also does not count against the space quota. You are correct, music purchased through Google Play does not count against, your 20,000 song upload limit.
I'd also like to point out that Google Play's music files are higher bitrate, for anyone who cares.
Also, even if you are on wifi, its not ideal for the cloud based business, as from their perspective they would be using much more bandwidth per user for something most people wouldn't notice; and to be sure, most people wouldn't notice the difference between flac and 256k mp3 on thier cheapo headphones through a phone which possibly has a cheap DAC anyway. Google Music accepted the last FLAC album I uploaded as a test, and streams it back to me at 320 Kbps. Might be the hacker in me coming out but couldnt I just grab the list of all music on amazon and create .mp3 files with the correct id3 tags and files names and suddenly "legitimately" own all songs on amazon in 256k quality? I'm wondering how long it'll be until someone publishes a nice little app that I just enter my Amazon ID & point it to the directory I want it to work on and sit back while it adds the watermark to all selected files. Some of these changes by Amazon are good, but trying to woo iTunes users is a foolish play for an insignificant niche (Apple's mindless herd) within another insignificant niche (Top 40 pushing itself on the web).
People caught up in the "Cloud" mania forget that false accusations of music piracy are being used to prosecute downloaders, without any due process. Think about that before uploading any media library that's viewable by the Recording Industrial Complex or corrupt politicians on its payroll.

Probably not, I would look seriously at other options, specifically those with headphone jacks.
Google Music will only work on devices that support Flash, though, which means that it will not be compatible with Apple products such as the iPhone and the iPad.
The best part for me is the fact that you can listen to your personal music collection at home or on the go, either on the web or on your android app even when you are not online! Subscribe to TechPPSubscribe to our email newsletter for useful tips and valuable resources. The general changelog is here, but it's a little difficult to parse, so I'll give you the gist.
Amazon MP3 will now allow you to directly upload MP3 and M4A (AAC and Apple Lossless) files, and if it finds a matching track to place in your library, you can also use WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, and AIFF files for the matching process (these cannot actually be uploaded, just used for the matching process).
Amazon will now take those old purchases and automatically add them to Cloud Player (if they're eligible), and they won't count against your storage quota. Amazon has also introduced a new pricing tier as part of the update - $25 a year for 50GB (250,000 songs) of storage. You just have to know how the songs sound when encoded at a higher bitrate to hear the difference when they're encoded at a lower one. I don't claim to be an audio expert, but I know enough to know that anyone who claims to be able to hear the difference between 256Kbps and 320Kbps is either talking out of their ass or having a major case of placebo effect. After seeing this article, I logged into my Amazon Cloud acct., and it is scanning now, and imported 100 tracks that I had purchased before Cloud Player came along.
At home,Ii have mine on my HD, it says it scans your WMP or iTunes library, so it is probably looking in the default locations where these programs default to. But if I'm listening to music on my phone or tab through headphones, even good ones, I can live with mp3 if needed.
I have a good headphone (ath-m50) and i can feel the difference between mp3 and flacs on my rips for example.
For you to get the entire Amazon library (for free at least) it'd have to look like you purchased all of the tracks through Amazon. And yeah, it could be read that Amazon will automatically add your older purchases to your cloud account without you doing anything.
I dunno if it's my tags or what, but it only matched around 1000 of my 4800 tracks I had uploaded. Anyone who's seriously knowledgeable about the internet music movement knows both of these groups are irrelevant. This includes songs posted by artists themselves for free download, which is the vast majority on the internet. Sadly enough, Google Music beta will be available in US only and like any other new Google service, will be invite based. Another important note is that Google is specifying clearly that Music Beta is available free for a limited time.

Any time you import music into Amazon Cloud Player, before the file is uploaded, Amazon scans the entirety of the eligible Amazon MP3 library and if it finds a match, just adds that file to your Cloud Player library. If it can find an upgraded 256Kbps version, it'll use that as well (your original files will be preserved, too). For those of you keeping track at home, that's about $2 per month, which is less than what Google charges for 25GB of its own unified storage. If you purchase all your music through Amazon MP3, all those titles are free on Cloud Player as well.
I do have some complaints about the Amazon product (sometimes the art work gets mangled on upload, the UI handles multi-artist albums very poorly, and worst off you can't edit tags) - I'm hoping Amazon gets around to fixing these things in the future - but for cloud storage, you can't beat it.
I haven't checked out Amazon's Cloud app, but there has to be a way to point it to an external drive in the preferences. Right now, unless you are on wifi, streaming flac is not ideal, mostly do to the high bitrate. The vast majority of netcisians (internet musicians) are unsigned novices posting their own work for free.
But the problem with Google’s cloud player is with the licensing (or lack of it) of music. I figured if I had to re-upload the files, then they likely would rely solely on the watermark and not on previous purchases. These creative individuals are outside the control of big music industry dinosaurs and Apple's iCult of creepy, self-centered blowhards. Amazon users are able to download mp3 songs since Amazon has worked out licensing terms with major labels like Sony music, Universal, Warner music etc.
You can also select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you’re not connected. The only drawback is that the free version of Cloud Player now only allows for you to have 250 non-Amazon MP3 tunes. So, if you are going to listen to flac on the go, you'd be better off with local storage anyway, so streaming services would be irrelevant. I'm just posting this to show that cloud have a long time to replace local storage, but the companies are making a big merchandise on it. Apple's over rated and over priced products on the world market are miniscule, and just like commercial music on the internet, both are about as significant as a mouse fart in a tornado. If you have the 20GB promotional subscription to Cloud Player, it's worth starting the importing now - it goes crazy fast, and the import tool works great.
Be sure to check it out - I know I'm really thinking of dropping that 25 bucks and never looking back at Google Music.

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