Exactly one week after taking a shot at Google’s Android Market by releasing its own appstore, Amazon goes one step ahead of Google — and Apple — by releasing its own music streaming service, a real future competition to Microsoft Zune.
First the bad: the service, like the Amazon Appstore, is US only for the moment. Whether this will change or not is yet unknown. Now on to the good: music you purchase can be uploaded to Amazon’s 5GB Cloud Drive and from there streamed to your computer and Android smartphone.
The service is free and so is the 5GB Cloud Drive — though it increases to yearly $1000 for 1TB storage. The 20GB option costs $20 per year but Amazon is offering it as a free upgrade upon aquisition of an MP3 album. Download the Amazon MP3 application from the Google Market to get you started. Anything else you might need from Amazon?