Amazon has just released “Cloud Player”, a streaming music service akin to what Apple is rumored to be working on. Sadly for iOS users, Cloud Player only works on desktops and Android devices, but it could pressure Cupertino to release their own cloud music service sooner, rather than later.
Cloud Player is free for up to 5GB, with upgrades from 20 to 1000GB priced at $20 to $1000. Users can transfer purchases from the Amazon store, or upload their own (even from non-DRM’d iTunes purchases). The Amazon MP3 app is available in the Android Market, and along with the recent launch of their own Appstore, Amazon seems to be fully backing Google’s mobile OS. It is possible that they will release a native Cloud Player for iOS, but it will be up to Apple to approve it.